Marilyn: I went from existing to living
I’m the daughter of a grain farmer. We grew wheat, oats, and barley on our family farm. Homemade bread was part of every meal growing up. Mom could stretch the meal with bread and butter. Sauces thickened with flour, baked goods welcomed us home from school. We started our mornings with porridge.
Flash forward 45 years, my weight started to creep up, I often had the sniffles and regularly succumbed to respiratory infections. My joints ached. Out of nowhere, my elbows starting hurting. In my 50s, I felt like I hit a wall. Weight loss was short-lived. I’ve counted points on Weight Watchers, I’ve choked down Nutrisystem. I’ve taken over-the-counter metabolism boosters. I followed Atkins and I was cranky, hungry, and annoyed. My body ached for no reason whatsoever. I’d go through bursts of energy/feeling good, working out, eating “right,” including “heart-healthy” whole grains. Then I’d hit a point of complete and utter exhaustion.
My pharmacist suggested thyroid medication and that helped somewhat. I woke up one morning to a muffin face, that tired, puffy, look-like-hell moment. Worse yet, I felt it. Going up and down stairs became painful. My wrists started to ache. I was restless at night. I was running on empty.
"Maybe, like me, you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired. Maybe your weight is stuck, too. If I can do it, you can too."
On January 3rd, I took the picture on the left. I started the program Jan 4th and the 2nd picture was taken 10 days later. I felt a difference in 3. My skin is happy and less inflamed. My face literally shrunk. I lost 5.5 lbs and more than an inch off my waist. My eyes are brighter. I sleep like a tree. I have gotten off the albuterol rescue inhaler. After about 4 days, I found I was no longer a chip-aholic. I no longer planned my dinners around what I could snack on later. After 6 days, I rarely felt hunger and my joints no longer ached. You eat real, delicious, yummy food—real, not out of a wrapper or box. I’ve made Fettucine Alfredo with spiralized zucchini noodles instead of pasta. Low-fat is a no-no on this way of eating—healthy fats are in.
The first picture is me living on grilled chicken in a whole wheat wrap, eating whole oats for breakfast, and sipping a light beer at night.
My second is me eating salmon seared in coconut oil, sauteed vegetables, and grain-free cheesecake with a glass of wine! The transformation is from existing to living.
I share my muffin face to encourage you. Maybe, like me, you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired. Maybe your weight is stuck, too. If I can do it, you can too.