20,000-24,999 SparkPoints 20,035

This is what real weight loss looks like.


Balance Board
Paleo Lifestyle...

Happy Face

Paleo Lifestyle...

Interact with JLSHERRERA
Add as SparkFriend Send Private Message Leave Comment

I've struggled with my weight since I was a teenager, but I am shocked at how the pounds have piled on since I turned 40. A lesser woman would just give up and be fat, but I am too stubborn to do that. Although I am very private (some would say secretive and embarrassed) about my weight struggles, I am willing to go public, hoping it will make me more willing to solve the problems at hand, making me more accountable for my results.

My weight loss ended up being an amazingly complex process. It turned out that the statin they touted as the wonder drug to lower my cholesterol also raised my insulin levels (a rare but known side effect). High insulin levels cause high hunger levels and sugar cravings. No wonder I gained 30 pounds after going on the statin.

Once we fixed that problem and put me on a carb controlled diet, I lost the first 35 pounds in 13 months. And then hit a plateau that eventually turning into a weight GAIN of seven pounds.

Back to the doctor, the right blood test showed my T3 thyroid levels had been trending downward for two years, finally reaching a point where they were critically low. With thyroid supplementation and, yes, I'll admit it, some Qsymia, I'm back on track, having lost those seven pounds and five more in the last five months.

I still have between thirteen and twenty-three pounds to go to reach goal. But it's been a fascinating journey so far.

Member Since: 9/10/2011

Fitness Minutes: 18,277

My Goals:

My Program:
I've gone from carb controlled to moderately Paleo to full-on Paleo with no dairy and no artificial sweeteners. I have found dairy to be a big problem for me. Rather than being a hunger control ("eat yogurt! it fills you up, it's healthy for you!"), it acts as an appetite stimulant on me. Weird but true. And getting off artificial sweeteners (yes, even Stevia) is the hardest thing I have ever done. But it's been worth it.

Personal Information:

Other Information:

Read More About JLSHERRERA - Profile Information moved here. (Updated December 12)

Shown if member clicks "Read More"
My Goals:

My Program:

Personal Information:

Other Information:

Personal Signature: (Shown after Message Board Posts)
Add a Link
Save Changes
Login to Leave Comment
  • This user doesn't have any comments.