Testimonial written by: Karen S.
If I started at the beginning of my quest for health, I would need to say it started with a walking routine when I retired. I decided to quit yo-yo dieting and just take long walks and whatever happened would be good enough.
In 2003, I started walking a distance of 5 miles with a 55 floor incline. I’m adjacent to the Shenandoah National Park so it was a beautiful walk. But it was stressful—physically when I was carrying all the extra weight, and mentally as I would push myself to reach that 5 mile mark no matter what my mind and body were telling me.
Luckily, (yes, really), my husband had very high Triglycerides (no weight issue), and after much Dr. Google research I came upon the The Paleo Solution Podcast.
I began listening to Robb’s podcast and reading his book. I realized that insulin control was going to be the key to success. I formed a good habit by doing daily walks but I realized that getting stressful over distance or duration was not going to solve my problem by itself.
We got on the low-carb bandwagon and knocked his Triglycerides into the normal range (from 482). I just went along for the ride and we started counting carbs and went gluten-free. My weight started to magically come off in a gradual manner and I never looked back.
Later, I was interested in whether I was ever in ketosis so I got the Keto Mojo meter and started checking while going through your Keto Masterclass (perfect stuff).
I continue to do a daily walk but a new focus on good nutrition has been the game changer. The lifestyle change has finally happened and I feel comfortable with saying it is permanent because I now feel good.
My main interest is in being in ketosis enough to protect my brain from Alzheimer’s. I found that about 3/4 of the month of November I was in the .5 to 1.0 mmol range. I’m happy with the result and not obsessed with being there 100%.
I know you (Robb) talk about your mom not being around for your children and that is sad to hear. My mom died at age 55 and I have the hope that I can be around for my grandchildren for a long time. So if it’s any consolation, I thank you and the paleo community for every year that I have lived past 55.
So far I am 71 and feeling absolutely great. I keep up with my grandkids on just about everything they do, including some mountain climbing.
In 2016, I took my daughter to Paleo/fx in Austin. She arrived early so she went over to check-in before I arrived. My daughter’s first comment to me was that everyone standing in line appeared to be pretty ‘normal’. That was when I finally won her over that I was not following in the path of a bunch of lunatics.
She bought your book The Paleo Solution and we shared reading it. Her kids (my grandkids) know what it means to eat real food and I think that is what we want for all of America.
I am one of those people that never allowed anyone to take my picture when I was overweight so the original picture will go back to many years ago when I was a programmer for Lockheed Martin and was always under a lot of project related stress. So here goes with my before/after pictures (I’m sorry that no muscles are showing!!).
I have felt fully in control since 2013 and have no fear of the word diet. My hope is that people will track my health to see if I’m still a survivor as the years go by.
I believe, for the first time ever, that I will not sway from low carb and real food eating.
I fully support Robb Wolf in any of his health endeavors, including sustainable farming.
Elizabeth Resnick says
Wow, I love stories like this! So inspirational. And yes, those of us that go to Paleo f(x) are perfectly normal lol! Thanks for sharing…success stories of all kinds make me so happy!
Gianpaolo G. says
Thanks for sharing ths success story. Very inspirational.