I've always eaten healthy -- grew up in a home where my parents 'slow cooked' every meal. We never had junk food, but pasta and bread were staples daily because that's what Italians do!
I'm no 48 years old, and have been athletic, fit and healthy my whole life. I started a Master's programme two years ago, and between that, working full time, and in a new relationship, the weight has creeped up. On top of it all, I sustained a serious back injury and have not exercised for four years.
In December 2011, I remarked to my husband that "I didn't feel well' after eating grains. I stopped eating grains for two weeks at a time, and then would try introducing grains again -- ouch! My husband gave me a gluten free cookbook for Christmas. Simultaneously, I was researching nutrition, exercise programmes, and how to heal a herniated disc.
In June 2012, I was enjoying a nice meal in a restaurant with friends, and suddenly just felt unhealthy, overweight (by 15 lbs), and felt that I needed a change. I had read Mark Sisson's website, and had been lurking for about a month or two.
The next morning, Monday --- I woke up -- turned to my husband and said: "I'm changing the way I'm eating". He said, "Okay". I never shared any information with my husband but started to see results immediately. Within a few days of eliminating all grains, dairy, sugar, I started feeling more energetic and just healthier. I visited my nearby health food store and added multivitamins, krill oil, Vitamins D and B to my daily routine. Coconut oil is a staple in my kitchen -- it's aroma and flavour is my new comfort food.
Within 4 months, I dropped 20 lbs, 11" and I feel amazing. The last bit of stubborn belly fat is finally coming off. I've given away all my size 12 clothes, and now wear a size 8. Some silly people make comments like, "don't lose anymore weight" which I just laugh at. We are so used to seeing overweight people, that a slim individual now stands out like a sore thumb --- how jaded our perception of 'healthy weight' has become.
My husband eats what I eat because I do the cooking and the grocery shopping. I love the way that I feel --- even amounts of energy, daily. I'm sleeping better and I feel sexier in my new size 8 clothes. I rarely have cravings for anything anymore. I enjoy my food, but I don't dwell on it. I have a healthy relationship with food and like the fact that I'm eating two meals a day versus three with a few snacks.
I'm looking forward to graduating with my Master's in the next few months. With all my 'spare time' -- I intend to join a Crossfit class. One of the greatest benefits of my new healthy lifestyle is that my back feels healed. I no longer experience daily pain and I attribute that to the reduction/elimination of inflammation in my body. The muscles in my back are stronger from the daily planks and body weight exercises that I do at home with my own equipment.
Anyway, that's my story. I have learned so much from so many of the wonderful members on this forum. I have realized that we are all individuals, with unique needs, desires and wants, and yet there's something for everyone here. Big thanks to Mark Sisson --- he keeps things simple and I like that. /Lu
F, 48, 5'10"
Start Date: 25-06-12 @ 161lbs
Goal Reached: 30-09-12 @ 143lb. Now bouncing between 145lb - 149lb. I'd like less bounce and more consistency :-)
Started Cross Fit 20.12.12 ---- Can't wait to submit my success story on the 1st anniversary of starting primal.