Back around 2005 to 2006 I had reached a new high in my weight. I had gone to the doctor for an unrelated issue, and as usual the office staff took my vital signs before sending me to an examination to wait for the Doctor to come in and see me. My blood pressure was a perfect 120/70 and it normally is even to this day. My temp was fine. My respirations were normal. My weight was…..well…it wasn’t that great for someone 35 years old and 6ft 1inch tall. I had hit a new high in my weight. I was now at a whopping 335 lbs.
I knew that my pants had been starting to fit a little more snug to the point I was needing to go up one size, but I had no idea it was this bad. You see, just a couple of months before this I had weighed on that same scale and I was only 312. How did my weight climb so quickly??? Well, I never found the answer to this question. My Doctor came in checked me out. Listened to what was going on at the time. Told me what to do to fix it, then began to scold me about my weight. I shrugged it off, but when I got home and told my wife about my weight gain she began telling me about this diet.
Long story short it all sounded great to me. So much so that I began to wonder if it would really work. Why? Because everything about it sounded like something I could do. It was simple. Not a lot of extra stuff for us to buy, and it was something that I could fit into my job at the time. I was a truck driver in those days and I did quite a bit of sitting as well as eating a ton of junk food from the truck stops. Normally my food intake came from a hotbox in a gas station with the occasional burger and fries from the Golden Arches. Are you kinda getting a mental picture of why I was so big?
So, we purchased this book that she had heard about and she began telling me how it all worked. Now to say it was all easy would be a lie, BUT it was the easiest thing I had ever done to lose weight. I started making the changes to my diet that I needed to make. At first it was really just a matter of changing a few habits that were indicative to my work environment, but these habits really would not be too hard to change if I had a normal job at home like most folks have. Being on the road for weeks at a time makes for some difficulty in eating habits, but I did manage to make the changes. The only other hurdle for me was learning what types of foods I could eat from gas station shelves if and when I were in a situation where I needed to just find something to get me by until I could stop somewhere and buy real groceries. Once these challenges were me it was all downhill from there.
It was not long before I started losing weight. Honestly it was just a couple of days before I began to feel different. There were things going on in my body need not be discussed here, but yeah, strange things happening. Good things I later realized, but strange nonetheless.
Now I don’t really remember how much weight I lost the first week, month or any other time frame, but what I do remember is how much I lost in the 5 months I was doing this diet. In five months time I went from 330 pounds to somewhere in the 250’s. Sorry I don’t recall the exact number.
HOW IT HAPPENED AND WHY I QUIT
When I first started this diet there was an initial phase, a program of eating certain types of foods that got your body working for you and kickstarted your weight loss. Well let me tell you, it did just that! I literally thought that when I was sweating that my body was sweating pure fat. I know it wasn’t, but I just couldn’t figure out how I was losing so much weight if that wasn’t what was happening.
After a few weeks of that you were supposed to go on to another phase of the diet that was more for maintaining your weight. I wasn’t at all interested in going to that phase after just a few weeks, so I opted to stay on phase 1 for awhile longer.
Somewhere around 280 pounds and probably about 3 months into the plan I decided to go to the maintenance phase. To my surprise I continued to lose weight. I couldn’t believe I was losing this much weight at the rate I was still losing. You see, on the maintenance side of this plan you get to add back some things that you had done away with in the beginning. It had become “easier” to lose the weight because I could have certain foods again. No counting calories, no weighing food, no taking handfuls of supplements everyday. Just simple eating. THAT’S IT!
So, why did I quit if it was such a great way to lose weight? You’re gonna think I’m crazy, and you just might be correct. After a couple of months of eating the way I was completely comfortable with, I began to think that there must be something wrong with me. Seriously, I thought I was sick, because there was no way that I should be losing weight this fast eating the way I’m eating. In my mind it just wasn’t possible. So instead of going to the Doctor to get things checked out, I did the more sensible thing(sarcasm). I went right back to my old ways of eating….and…never…looked…..back.
What a fool I was to do this. Was it something I really wanted to do deep down? Maybe, but I don’t think so. As crazy as it sounds, I felt I was actually eating in such a way that I could make it a lifestyle. But I sabotaged myself. It was as if I was afraid to lose any more weight. I blew it! All that weight came back in just a few months. In the years following I gained back more. If you have been following my progress on this weightloss blog, you know that my weight got up to nearly 360 pounds recently. Well, I’m back down into the 330’s thanks to using Advocare, but from this point on I am returning to a healthy lifestyle I found years ago.
What is this “healthy lifestyle” I’m talking about? It has nothing to do with prescription drugs, support groups, meetings, fistfuls of supplements, magic pills, potions, elixirs, or any other nonsense that only covers the symptoms and doesn’t address the problem. There is only one way to truly deal with obesity, and that is to eat the way God designed your body to eat. Anything less than a healthy lifestyle is not going to be a lasting fix. YOU MUST CHANGE for your body to change. That is the only thing that will be permanent!
Before I tell you how I was able to lose so much weight so fast by only changing a couple of things in my diet, let me explain something to you. I am in no way promoting a single product. I will share with you this book, but there is so much more to it than what the book covers. There is a ton of new information on the subject matter of the book. Honestly, the author of the book was actually a pioneer of something that has gone from being criticized by the medical field to being researched by many in the medical field and by our own government. Yeah, it’s that big of a deal now. If you want to order a copy of the book that can transform your body CLICK HERE! It is time to revisit what the good Doctor prescribed.
I will be changing the content of this blog somewhat. The weight loss journey portion of Product Review Dude will be more focused on information about using this technique for healthy eating and weight loss. Tips, recipes, and ways to defeat certain cravings. It is my goal to not only get my health under control, but to be part of your inspiration along your journey. I wish you good health.
And as always, God loves you, and so do I. See you next time!