Current Weight: 202 lbs
Goal (Racing) Weight: 165-170 lbs (but basically just get super-fit again)
Tomorrow Iím going completely Primal for as long as possible (hopefully for life, with the 20% in there at times of course).
Yeah so hereís an abbreviated version of my story, and how Iíve come to this point in my life, and how it is absolutely essential that I make lasting changes for my health and longevity. Please donít be turned off by the length. It will be a fast read and I would appreciate any help or insight, encouragement.
My recent life (last 3 years) has been a slow hell, a doctor-stumping storm of unfortunate events. Basically at the start of my freshman year here at Duke my problems began (acutely). That November, I suffered from a GI bleed that nearly ended my life. I ended up in the ICU at Duke for 3 days, receiving 5 blood transfusions. The culprit: 3 duodenal ulcers. Weight: 145lbs.
This led to a near 2 year severe anemia: a lot of fatigue until recently. April of the following year began intense and terrifying binge eating (highly processed/sugar foods). Weight: up to 155 lbs.
Going home helped me stabilize again, got a job, and hung out with the family a lot. Return to school resulted in day-in day-out bingeing again for weeks, until I had a mental break down and put myself on medical leave for the year. I had no idea what was going on, absolutely terrified, especially b/c I pride myself in being fit, fast, and healthy. Weight upon return home: 196 lbs.
Therapy, antidepressants, and family stability, not to mention good food, took me out of the depression within a few months, and I felt so good for the whole winter, spring, and most of the summer. During this period I had achieved a new level of fitness. I took up racing triathlon (absolutely love it!) and broke through with some early success. Raced a couple Duís in March placing very high despite getting lost on the ride of both races (one race was 1st into T1, other race 2nd behind an ITU dude), did a Ĺ IM in May í09, placed 9th overall in a field with pros; then had an offer for free coaching on a development team. Last summer hit up about 6 races, one every weekend, top 10ing all, getting 2nd OA in the 5th one; then went to Tuscaloosa for Age Group Nationals. All in all, tons of fun!
In April, I went into my doc for follow-up blood work, something alerted him, and he sent me to a hematologist/oncologist where an MRI revealed a pituitary tumor. At this point, I had nearly 0 serum testosterone, and total blocking of LH/FSH (basically NO libido).
Anyway went back to school and was doing just fine for the first month, got an offer to run on the track and XC teams, took it, then changed my training. About this time, I began binge eating again, starting once every week or two, steadily progressing into every day. Amidst a course load with 4 neuroscience classes, my stress shot through the roof (though mostly from the weird eating/insatiable cravings). I was also embarrassed about the weight I was gaining and having to be around all the other fit guys and gals on the team while I was gaining lbs and losing fitness. Survived exams, somehow ended up with two Aís and 2 Bís despite everything, then went home for recovery. I lost a couple lbs the first week back, but have since gained them back thanks to Christmas treats in my face 24/7.
I just finished reading Markís PB and am super excited to begin. I did a primal day this week and felt so awesome. My mind felt clear (Iíve also just finished detoxing the antidepressants, thank you God. I think they may have been contributing to the recent bingeing b/c I went into a hypomania, not sleeping for over 40+ hrs at a time) so Iím looking forward to tomorrow. I really need to get the sugar cravings to subside, and from looking at other posts, PB seems to be a great way to do it quickly, plus I love meat. I still want to race tri though, but I did see mention in the book of Mark Allen, Mike Pigg, and Simon Whitfield, all legends, who adhere to similar principles. I guess I need to take a few months and turn my body into a fat burning machine through long, slow runs and rides; similar to running down a deer/antelope on the plains for hours until it falls over from exhaustion.
Yeah, so if anyone has some tips or something for training primally, I welcome them all. I also want to begin climbing since I quit the track team (to reduce stress) so any WODís for climbing would be sweet! Thanks for reading this far!
Thinking about running in those fivefinger things as well, any warnings or comments?
Oh yeah, and Iíve also had chronic diarrhea (TMI?) for my whole life, making me think of lactose intolerance and/or celiac sprue? Is PB good for getting rid of this problem? It really sucks some times.
And the bingeing is still a problem sometimes; but my uncle (who is primal) said that the craving goes away after 2 months.