Tuesday, January 22, 2013
This past summer, I started a fitness program at a local gym (Achieve Personal Fit) with intense HIIT intervals accompanied by a high protein, low fat, low carb program. I was convinced if I followed perfectly, I would have the weight off (60 lbs total) in no time.
In two months, I lost three pounds. Granted, I was building muscle, but my size wasn't changing. I ate PERFECTLY. I mean, PERFECTLY. And, I felt that I had gotten nowhere.
Frustrated at the lack of results, when I was cooking dinner for my family and making a separate meal for myself, working out 5 days a week, getting up early, etc.... I quit. I gave up. I still worked out, but quit paying attention to what I ate.
I gained the three pounds back, but no more. I held steady at my weight, but the fatigue and stress started to take over.
I have a hormonal imbalance. But, doctors for years have told me there is nothing they can do but feed me birth control pills to try to control it.
I made a phone call a few weeks ago, that in my opinion was the "last resort". Or, as the owner of the gym said, "the next step". :) I called Doc Sage. She practices holistic medicine and chiropractic care.
Doc Sage indicated that my problem is three-fold, too many toxins, a gut that needs help to do its job and a hefty hormonal imbalance (that exists partly because of the excess fat). Doc Sage said that if I follow her rules and it doesn't work, then she did something wrong. First time ever a doctor has taken responsibility for my health! Wow.
On January 7, I started step one. A detox cleanse. No, it is not the trendy juice kind. That actually sounds good after this one. This is a vegetarian program with a lovely drink that tastes like sand and mud mixed with olive oil. The program (from Metagenix) calls it "medical food". I refuse to call it food. It's "the drink". I lost 10 pounds in first five days. After the 10 day cleanse, I started a clean eating, low cal program (about 1300-1500 cal/ day) and continued with my weight training. I initially gained back two pounds, but within a few days, I am back down to the 10 lb loss, and looking to keep moving the needle counterclockwise :).
In addition, the normal aches and pains that I experience are reduced and my rosacea is almost nonexistent! My energy level is way up and I am excited about phase 2.
While I don't think this method is for everyone (it is an investment, and one I wouldn't have made without feeling desperate), it is working for me so far. Clearly, I had lots of toxins in my system. I couldn't lose the weight at all before.
My secondary concern was having enough energy for the HIIT intervals that I have been doing. I not only have good energy, but I am improving my performance of the demanding exercises.