I am 38yo, 190lbs, 5'7. I have been a vegetarian for 20 yrs, the kind that rarely ate vegetables but plenty of sugar and carbs. My cholesterol levels are 'borderline' and also my glucose levels are right below borderline. My dr said to work on my diet and return in 3-6 mo for followup bloodwork and she implied that within a year, if my cholesterol wasn't better, she'd recommend medications. Of course that freaked me out. I kind of fell into PB, from Eat Stop Eat, from some article on restricted calories being so important for glucose control. I don't know how Mark's book made sense to me, like I said, I hadn't eaten meat in 20 yrs!, but suddenly I found something that made nutritional sense. In full disclosure I had been thinking the past 2 years that I should probably include some meat in my diet again, for health reasons, but the idea of it was still pretty disgusting to me so it was only about 4 times a year.
I included some of the PB ideas into my life after reading the book, or rather thought about them and tried some meat. I could only do chicken breast as everything else seemed too gross. After a few months of not really doing it, still eating sugar, playing around with the PB ideas in my head but not my lifestyle really, this month I decided to really try to put it into practice. It is going pretty well, I have not lost astounding amounts of weight, very little in fact, but I do still have some grains (in two weeks about 6 servings?). I also had the flu at the end of Nov so went into the month weighing less than I would if I had eaten the week before!
My issues right now: My husband things this is an unhealthy way to eat and Mark's fans are fanatical. (He does enjoy having bacon in the house again, and 'permission' to eat it as he was a vegetarian also for 20 yrs - but he believes it is horrible for your body and he is being naughty to eat it.) He is unlikely to read the book, his parents died of colon and stomach cancers, he is concerned about my health. In the past few years he has been gaining a lot of weight, all in his stomach.
Second issue: I don't exercise. I love the idea of primal exercises, crossfit, etc but don't have any clue where to start AND don't really have the motivation to do it. Any advice on how to get past this beginners block? In the past I've done some exercising (walking, biking) but it never lasts more than 2 months. I have 4 kids (ages 3, 4, 9, 12 - the youngest are still home with me) and I work 20 hrs a week in research (but will be stopping soon).
I love reading the forums and really appreciate the inspiration and community here. Thanks.