This is my husband Brandon holding up his 46 in. waist pants that he was doting last March. As you can see he is quite smaller – actually 12 inches smaller in his waist! How did the weight loss happen, you ask?
Well, let me give you a little glimpse of his journey...
Brandon was a college football player when we got married in 2000 and was in great shape and weighing approximately 265. But after he stopped playing, exercise and health took a backseat and was really not a priority for a long time. At his heaviest, in 2003, he weighed approximately 400 pounds and was in the midst of gout flare ups. In the summer of 2007 Brandon and I began doing CrossFit with a group of friends and shortly after we started CrossFit Utah Valley with those same friends. This marked the return of his passion for working out and for the next few years Brandon continued doing 3-5 CrossFit workouts a week and worked as a trainer too. But still not feeling healthy and still struggling with gout. Although he was told by doctors to lose weight, he never really felt like it was a true possibility since he was already exercising regularly.
In about 2010, we had some CrossFit friends introduce us to “Paleo”. And like you probably guessed, we thought it was crazy, unrealistic, and not necessarily effective. You see our friends who introduced it to us to Paleo did not scream “weight problem” or even “chubby kid.” They appeared to be the image of health and fitness. Eating Paleo seemed to just make them look slightly more awesome than they already were. But once we wanted to make a change to be healthier, we choose to give Paleo a try. So many of us have tried so many different “diets” or “fads,” and we were no exception. So why not give Paleo a whirl – in August 2010 I started Paleo and Brandon soon followed after.
HOWEVER, in March 2011, Brandon was armed with a big goal in mind – to run in the Red Rock Relay this past summer. So he figured he would need to lose 2 lbs. per week to achieve his goal of being healthy enough to run comfortably. At that time, March 2011, he was approx. 325 lbs. And when Brandon puts his mind to something, he is committed in a very REAL way! So with a strict commitment to Paleo and joining CrossFit Endurance in addition to regular workouts, he met his goal with flying colors and hasn’t stopped! And now the gout is GONE and he is training for a triathlon! And my favorite thing is his reasoning: “Because I am doing things I never thought I could do!”
Hopefully, this goes to show you that it is not as much what you do, as far as exercise, but how diet can make a HUGE difference! Brandon and I, struggled with weight all our lives and Paleo has freed us from that. No counting, no extravagant foods, just fresh and clean eating! Paleo is a life choice – it is not something you follow until you lose a certain amount of pounds – and because of that, it is also a life change. How strict you want to be is really up to you. Many people who eat Paleo (clean and fresh food) no longer need medications for asthma, diabetes, blood pressure, gout, etc. So to us, what we are doing now protects us from trouble in the future related to diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol.
I am so happy, as a wife, to know that Brandon has vitality and health and optimism about what the future holds! Thank you to our skinny (lol!) friends for not giving up on us and introducing us to this whole new world of possibilities!