I want to use this thread to track my journey. But first some background:
I am 34, female and have been overweight all my life. In fact, the first record of my weight problems is from when I was a toddler and the doctor wrote "morbidly obese" in my baby health journal. There isn't much I haven't tried, from fat camp in my teens to South Beach, Weight Watchers, several doctor supervised formula diets, psycho therapy and so on.
Binge eating is my best friend when things get tough, or uncomfortable, or stressful. I started doing it in my childhood when I used to hide stashes of food in my room, and today not much is different just that I have a kitchen to hide it in now.
Christmas 2011 I read The China Study and decided to give this vegan thing a shot. It was difficult for various reasons: I live in Iceland, where selection in fresh fruit and vegetable is limited, not to mention trying to get vegan friendly food at work or when eating out. I also felt that it takes too much effort when it comes to shopping, preparing meals and planning. I lost around 30 lbs and felt a lot better but eventually the pizzas and cheese sandwiches started to creep in.
However, one thing I dropped for good was meat and fish. I realized I don't miss it one bit and I think that my two cats are keeping me motivated there. Looking at their cute faces makes me unable to disconnect the slab of flesh from the live animal. So I decided to give myself a break (I can be extremely self-critical) and be happy I managed to get at least that far.
All those months I knew though that I really don't want to eat dairy anymore, but convenience and the love for dairy prevented me from cutting it out again. But the more I read and watched documentaries about animal rights, the effect on the environment and our health, about the results people get on programs like 80/10/10 the more I knew that I really should find a motivator. It is hard to describe, but I feel that knowing it in my head isn't enough - I need to know it in my belly. Like seeing a steak gives me this knot in my stomach, I needed a knot for dairy. Then I watched this video by Dr. McDougall: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKu2n4dMMCM
- and I have been thoroughly disgusted by the thought of eating cheese ever since. So I think (hope) I may have found that knot in my stomach
From there it was only a short step to reading The Starch Solution, devouring all the videos on Dr McDougall's youtube channel, and also this video which I have found extremely helpful: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAdqLB6bTuQ
- so I will be reading Dr Lisle's book next.
Enough history, here some data:
Highest weight recorded (Christmas 2011): 324 lbs
Weight pre-McDougalling (March 13th 2013): 306 lbs
My last check-up was 2011 and there I got a clean bill of health in terms of cholesterol, blood pressure etc. My blood sugar was a bit elevated, and I was Iron deficient but it seems so far I have been very fortunate in that my body has managed to forgive me the mistreatment, but I notice it is getting harder. I have been feeling very sluggish and low on energy, I have serious hirsutism and PCOS, and my joints are starting to hurt more often. So better do something!