This is part of an ongoing series of real life success stories from people all over the world who have been impacted by the Paleo lifestyle and The Paleo Solution. Read Andy’s story below.
Short and sweet… a 30 day commitment from me resulted in a 25lb wieght loss. 248 to 223. Age mid 50’s., It was tax season so no time for consistent workout other than 3 miles of focused walking 3x’s per week. I have been overweight, I was 220 when I 1st was married 33 years ago. Last 10 years I was between 235 and 255. Tried Atkins a few times without any change in cravings; I was always looking for my piece of cheesecake at the end of the day.
Paleo was an eyeopener. First I enjoyed my Red Stripe beer a couple of times a week, so last year, Feb of 2010, I decided for any diet to be sucsessful I would have to bag any drinking. I succeded at that that with the thought, I would shortly begin my diet. Well of course, I always had an excuse not to start. And to compound my angst, I did not take off an ounce, because I stopped the drinking.
November, I saw Robb Wolf’s book and decided to buy one of the few nutrition books I have ever bought. I read it and put it away. Nice concept, I thought. Well the holidays came and went, then the Steelers were driving all the way to the Superbowl. A great excuse for cookies and cupcakes not to mention the occasional couple of cinnamon buns, deserts everynight. Same old, same old.
One day in mid Feb., I turned to my wife and said, “You know, one morning I am going just wake up and start this Paleo thing”. Well that was on 2/22/11. And my focus was to attempt to get my blood chemistry to better levels.
The thought of no dairy, no gluten, and for the first time in 35 years, no Diet Cokes had held me back, But no more. I was committed. The first few days were a breeze. Frankly, I did have some hunger pangs and cravings about day 4-7. Other than that it has been fairly easy,
By the way, I’m not a vegetable fan at all. But my thought process is this I can eat healthier today or if I survive the heart attack, I will be forced to eat healthier later. That thought kind of motivates me through the green beans. Do I cheat? I honestly have followed this to a tee, except for my scrambled eggs (which I have cut back from 3 in the morning to 2) – I do add less than half a teaspoon of milk to the eggs. After the first 10 days or so I began adding a SMALL amount of fruit between Breakfast and Lunch.
30 days, 25 pounds gone, now what? Well since I feel better and my cravings are minimal, (a coke zero would be nice, but noooo) this is simply the way I choose to eat. There is no end date, there is no goal weight, I have not been compelled to jump on a scale every morning. What is right with this picture? EVERYTHING.
A few thoughts in closing. I mentioned to my wife yeaterday, it has occured to me that that “blue” feeling that would occasionally envelope me, 3-4 times per week has been eliminated. That is a WOW, in my book. When people ask me what diet I’m on, I let them know I am not on a diet, I have just changed to the Paleo way of healthier eating. A pleasant side effect is that I am losing weight! As for my blood chemistry, well sorry to say, I did not get a recent baseline (long story but doubtful they were good) I did not measure inches. I did not think I would accomplish this. I have accomplished 30 days and you can too!
– Andy Kolowich
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