My story? A journey to say the least. I have come to learn there are literally millions of people caught up in the same vicious cycle I was stuck in. My entire life from the age of eight years old, (yes, I was on a “diet” at the age of eight), my weight was up and down continuously, some times dramatically up and down. I tried just about every diet on the market, weight loss aids, appetite suppressants, supplements, cleanses, you name it and I probably tried it. I had gone as far as starvation diets, and countless hours in the gym. Yes, I had times where I was lean, weight was down, but I did not “feel good.” I constantly had health problems from chronic physical illness to an anxiety disorder early in life. I tortured my body in pursuit of looking good, “being lean.” It was a full time job, trying to reach this image/goal/desire.
By age 40, I found myself fat, unfit, depressed and miserable. I had sky-high blood pressure requiring various medications. The doctor's answer was to slap on medication and follow-up. What the? Alrighty then.
It was time to take charge of my existence, take charge of my health, take charge of my future. I began studying conventional nutrition to see what I could do to help myself. I was employing Holistic practices and working out. Within one month I no longer needed medication and was down 20 pounds. I was fired up!!! BUT- soon the weight loss plateaued and I always felt a bit weak and tired. After I became a certified Holistic consultant, I decided to continue my education and took on Sports Nutrition. I changed my diet again and followed a Sports training regimen for nutrition and took on a challenging physique sculpting program. I got some very slow results, but wow was it difficult. I lived by meal timing, portion control, agonizing constant macro-nutrient counting and many days of frustration with still not getting results I was looking for. I received my Sports Nutrition consulting certificate but still felt lost, I was doing everything text book but still not working
I was on to more healthful lifestyle practices and making slow changes to my body, but I still did not feel right and I did not feel I was on to the right path. I remembered that I had tried the Primal Blueprint a few years prior but honestly did not understand it fully and fell off the plan after a few months. I did not understand the high fat concept as fat is vilified in our “heart-healthy” low-fat, grain laden conventional wisdom of today. With all my recent education, I thought I should look at the Primal Blueprint again since I was on this mission to take charge of my health.
The decision to look at the Primal Blueprint again was life changing! I nearly effortlessly began to lose that stubborn body fat, toned up and was feeling good, strong, happy and energized. I wanted more, more... I knew the Primal lifestyle was the path I was looking for. I decided to enroll in the Primal Blueprint Expert Certification so that I could get an in-depth education on the “why”. I loved that the Primal philosophy was all backed by scientific fact, and trust me, I employed countless hours of independent research and personal experiment during this journey of finding the path to better health.
I agree 100% with the Primal Blueprint lifestyle. I have never felt so fantastic, been as physically fit, energized, focused, relaxed and calm. The fact that my cholesterol, blood pressure and resting heart rate are fantastic is just tangible proof I am on the correct path. In fact, my HDL was SO impressive at my last vitality check, the doctor was extremely interested, and wanted extensive detail of what I do.... The best thing of all is that I am full of energy to be the best mom and wife I can be. I play with the kids, I'm happy and engaged with life again. I am setting a good example for my children and creating a healthy existence and future for them and I don't think there is any greater satisfaction in this world than that!
I have no more frustration and no more questions about achieving optimal health. I found it, tried it, understand it, believe it and live it. Now it is time for me to pay it forward. I am bounding with enthusiasm to help guide others in finding their way to better health.