After being active and fit for most of my life, at age 43 I found myself debilitated and immobile, laying on the floor with a bad back. A lot of my problem was the 45 lbs of fat that I had gained over the previous decade or so. How had I gone from effortlessly fit to hopelessly fat and out of shape with a bad back?
Through research and hard work, I figured out that diet was a prerequisite to restoring my health and fitness. I also learned that the way I was fueling and exercising was actually making me fat. I was doing what I had been told; eating lots of “race fuel” like pasta and energy gels and sports drinks. I thought my diet was good. I had given up sodas and fast food decades before, and I bought organic and non-GMO produce.
I knew the story was “calories in, calories out”, so I started tracking my food and making sure that the food I was eating after my long runs was not too high in calories. I quickly learned that running 35 miles didn’t burn as many calories as were contained in the entire large pizza and large bowl of ice cream I was eating afterwards. So I quickly modified my eating and started counting calories. I was hungry all the time, but I did lose weight. …until I binged.
I continued this yo-yo approach for a few years, and would constantly fight my weight. I’d go in spurts, tightening up on the diet and starving myself to hit a goal weight before a race, then celebrate after the race and “reward” myself with another large pizza. …for a few days. Then before I knew it, I was heavier than I wanted and needed to clamp down once again.
Then there was my training. I was running really hard trying to burn off all those calories. Like so many people, I thought that I could eat as much as I wanted if I just trained harder. I also wanted to return to my previous levels of fitness, so I was training hard for that reason too. I had gone from finishing in the top 10-15% to the back of the pack in just a few years. And all the hard training was adding up and making me chronically sore and tight, with chronic injuries to boot. I was in bad shape and needed 2-3 massages per week just to keep training. I chalked it all up to “getting older.”
Then I discovered Primal Endurance, which quite literally changed my life. I did lots of other work too, like working with an amazing doctor and trainer to fix my back. But without Primal Endurance, would not have changed my training and eating, which has made all the difference.
I now run pain free. I am faster than I was a few years ago, and all my nagging injuries and pains have gone away. All these improvements are due to diet and training changes. I would have never thought it was possible unless it happened to me. I run more, run longer, and I am never hungry and no longer a slave to my insatiable appetite. I no longer crave the pizzas!
My transformation has been both educational and quite gratifying. Now I want to share what I have learned and help others regain their health and return to a life of effortless health and vitality.
Left: Age 37. Ran 10 marathons that year.
Right: Age 47. Only ran a few 10k’s, plus strength
training twice a week.
Its all about the DIET.