I can lose weight. I am master at losing weight. Since the age of 15, I’ve battled to lose the
same 40-90 pounds over and over again. I’ve tried every diet out there, including a liquid diet,
and had success, but whenever I’d return to a so called healthy diet, I’d start packing on weight.
I was always mystified how quickly my body could put on weight despite my activity level and
how I never felt sated no matter how much I ate. Due to orthopedic concerns, I have always
been a swimmer and average about 15 miles per week swimming with a team. I also weight
train. I had started to add extra cardio training to burn more calories. I am lucky that I have a
stable job with a pretty low stress level (at least for a legal job) and I’d say my biggest stress was
internally created about my weight and failure to control it or make progress in lowering it.
Before contacting Amy, I had worked with 3 other nutritionists in the past 2 years. The first
recommended many healthy whole grains to support my swimming. The second made me go
through expensive food sensitivity testing and a very restrictive healthy grain heavy elimination
diet. I did not have success with either of these nutritionists. The third told me in my first
and only visit that she just wanted to talk about my feelings about food rather than give any
recommendations. I left these appointments feeling judged a failure.
When I first found paleo, was I really psyched and was hopeful that it would finally help me
lose weight and more importantly maintain a healthy weight. I bought The Paleo Solution, a
bunch of expensive supplements to heal my sick body, and gave up grains, dairy, sugar and
legumes. After 3 weeks, I hadn’t lost a pound. It was then, I had a very discouraging exchange
with a “paleo expert” while particularly emotionally vulnerable about not losing. He told me I
was fighting for a reason to fail when I questioned his stance on birth control being a “cheat” that
would prevent one from losing weight and being “paleo compliant.” I gave up. I went on a full
blown eat anything and everything I want binge for 2 weeks. I felt horrible.
Out of everything I had tried in the past, paleo still seemed like it could work for me if I
had a little direction. Amy had been kind enough to answer some of my forum posts on
RobbWolf.com, so I contacted her about a consultation. I told her my goals of leaning out while
still having enough “performance” to get through my swim workouts. I didn’t want to rely on
supplements and high doses of fish oil gave me insomnia. I told her I took birth control pills
and did not plan to stop. I told her about the challenges of my schedule with early morning
workouts. I asked if she thought she could help me, her response, “I can help you!!!”
When I received my meal plan and instructions, I was overwhelmed. It’s amazing, in hindsight,
how scary the prospect of eating fresh real food was to me. I had lots of questions and concerns
about how I would make the plan work for me. Amy is quite possibly the most patient positive
person I’ve met (even if just online). For every question or concern, she has had an answer or
a workable solution. She has shown me that eating paleo doesn’t have to be difficult. She has
been a constant positive force encouraging me to continue.
On day one, I weighed just shy of 190 pounds (I’m 5’6”). With Amy’s expert advice; eating
lots of vegetables; lean grass fed meats; healthy fat; some post-workout sweet potatoes; giving
up the extra cardio; and prioritizing my sleep, 11 weeks later, I am now 25 pounds lighter. I
feel awesome! And unlike any other time I’ve lost weight, I have not been hungry nor have I
felt deprived. I’ve even been able to have an occasional glass of wine or Norcal margarita while
out with friends and still lose. The IBS that I’d dealt with since college is gone. My friends and
coworkers tell me that my mood is much improved. I feel in touch with my body in a way that I
never have before.
I’m even seeing gains in the pool. I recently participated in a 6,000 yard swim event for time.
My coach had given me a goal time of 1 hour 30 minutes. This meant that I had to maintain
a 1:30 pace/100 yards to finish. For me, that’s a mighty hard pace. This was my first paleo
swim event. Of course, I asked Amy how I should fuel myself, as my days of a pre-race pasta
dinner are over, and, as always, her suggestions were perfect. About 45 minutes in to my swim,
I started to feel really good. I didn’t feel tired. In fact, I felt like I could keep going forever.
I was able to swim stronger. With each stroke, I just started thinking, “I am a fat burning
machine!” I finished in 1:29:51!
I am not at my goal yet, but I have no doubt that I will get there and this time, I believe I’ll be
able to maintain it.
Thank you Amy!