Today is January 28. A year ago, that was the day I began nearly six months of what I defined as abstinence within the Overeaters Anonymous framework. At the end of that six months, the pressure to continue abstinence was overwhelming, and the “white knuckle” approach I had adopted was failing. Then it became epic in failure. I see now that I had never kicked the drug, I just replaced it with versions that were marketed as healthier. I have since seen the light. As Dr. Robert Lustig puts it: “the corn refiners want to say that HFCS is the same as sucrose. The thing is, they are right. They’re both poison.”
As of today, I am one month into the no-sugar no-grains methodology. I decided to stop just listening to the advice on Vinnie Tortorich‘s podcast, I actually followed it. I have taken it to somewhat of an extreme for now, entering a completely ketogenic state. I did so because my metabolic brokenness was so severe for so long, I need a reversal to bring about hormonal balance.
So how am I doing?
I ran a 5k yesterday which was not a PR, but was a bit better than the pace I was running before the Rehoboth Half Marathon. That is with almost no run training since that event. So, my energy is solid.
I check my blood sugar a lot. I have been between 75 and 89 most of the time. The highest spike I have seen is 101. I have seen as low as 65 post workout, and at that time I felt great. This is significant. I was seeing numbers all about 120 the last time I was checking. When I got near 100, or below it, I had the shakes, felt weak, and responded with high sugar binges. I couldn’t imagine even SEEING a 65, let alone seeing it while I felt awesome. Last year at this time I was able to confidently say I had the specter of Type Two Diabetes in the “managed” category. I may have called it “reversed.” Today, I am bold enough to say I absolutely am CURING it, whether or not the AMA recognizes that word as an appropriate term. There is a lot that the AMA wouldn’t like about me right now, but when my full lipid panel next month shows improvement (and it was never bad anyway), I will be officially off the mainstream radar.
I’ve sampled a few sweet things in small bites to see how it felt. Yeah, I’m not nearly as interested as I used to be. I’m much more in tune with how my body actually works when it’s not in constant chaos.
And, as much as this metric is a terrible single number to refer to, which is why I saved it for last, there will be some of you asking the usual “WELL HOW MUCH WEIGHT DID YOU LOSE?”
OK fine. Since the day after Christmas, 20 pounds even.
Beyond those numerically driven changes, I can say I am more focused, more driven, happier, calmer, more patient, less anxious and fearful. I sleep better. All of these things have been changing over the last two years, but I am having that feeling like you get when your ears pop. You’ve heard your surroundings all along, but you didn’t realize how muted the sound was until the ears really get cleared. I’ve been doing better for some time, and the effects have been seen. But I am telling you, I’m not just better right now, I’m fantastic. I’m doing excellent. I’m not quite firing on all cylinders yet, but I’m at that point between 90% better and 100% better. I’ll take 90 every day of the week compared to how I used to feel.
The last 10% will be a fun ride, and life long, as I continue to drop weight, and delve into more advanced “bio hacking” as I fine tune nutrition, exercise, and some intangibles that fall under a vague umbrella. Mark Sisson calls it “the primal connection,” Vinnie calls it “putting life into living,” a mystic would call it spirituality.
Thanks for your support, friends. Thanks for sharing my struggles and victories. There will be many more to come.