“Long-winded but…3 years ago I was a squishy 245 pounds, had dangerously high blood pressure. I had been on in-effective cholesterol medication for 3 years, with 330 cholesterol and my triglycerides (aka: the animal fats that kill you) were 220. I was told by my Doc that I was turning into a ticking time bomb at age 35.
I started doing Crossfit at Crossfit Salem 2 1/2 years ago. I quit eating oatmeal and egg whites for breakfast every day and started eating bacon, eggs and sausage (I added more of the animal fats that were going to blow up my cholesterol and kill me!!!). I cut 95% of fast food, food dumped out of a bag or box, fat free anything, quit drinking pop or juice of any kind, heavily limited gluten, grains and alcohol.
Now, I’m at a very un-squishy 240 pounds, perfect blood pressure, 178 cholesterol with 65 triglycerides (70% drop on those killer animal fats that come from all those fatty foods like bacon and eggs that are so bad, they will make your future grand kids hearts explode like a stick of butter in the microwave). My cholesterol went down on every blood test I’ve had in the last 3 years.
My doctor was shocked at what my resting heart rate is now and I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been. Long story shorter, simple changes over time, and getting rid of processed-shit-food in my diet have made a world of difference. I’ve changed to eating whole foods, (my wife’s badass cooking) I never fear fat, and added a fantastic exercise program and eating style, that is simple, effective and designed to last for life, beyond short term gratification. It has all improved my mental and physical health and life drastically.
The simple diet changes have been as instrumental as Crossfit. I did P90X and ran 1,100 miles the year before I hit up Crossfit. I lasted 9 weeks on P90X and hated every mile of the running (not that they are bad, just not effective for me). In the end I was still in horrible physical shape. Crossfit (and all the kick ass people there) made the difference. When was the last time you were in a gym or in your living room and had 15 people encouraging you through an intense workout?
I realize this is a “look at me” post, but it’s in the hopes that people with the same struggles of long term weight, diet, blood health and stress issues, can look at results, that took more than 30, 60 or 90 days, 1,100 miles, or 500 bicep curls in front of a mirror at Globo-gym and created life-long, healthy habits. I did it for myself and my family. I can’t take care of them if I don’t take care of my own health.
Last goal, one more drop on the blood numbers and off all meds!”