Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Dramatic weight loss....56 lbs and still losing

In February of this year, the hubster, Peter, took control.  Sugar control.  Six months and 56 pounds later, he is into his third suit.  He has been able to shop in his closet so far, but it looks like we'll need to hit the stores pretty soon.

This suit is more than 10 years old.  He's  back into it, easily.

This is the suit he was wearing this past January.  The pants kept falling down while I was trying to take pictures.  We laughed a lot.  He wasn't laughing much at all in January when he put on this suit.

Six and a half months ago, this suit could not be buttoned.  Large safety pins were used on the pants under the belt and on the collar under the tie.

Much smaller suit....buttons easily with plenty of room to spare.

He still has a few pounds to go, but now that he doesn't have to carry that 56 lbs around all the time, he has so much more energy.  He is sleeping better, moving better, feeling better, and is less self-conscious.  He used to warn me sternly not to aim at him whenever I had the camera in my hand....which is why I don't have a "before" picture....but he was very happy to have these pictures taken this past Sunday.

He had a physical last October, and his doctor recommended cholesterol lowering meds (which he would never take for many, many reasons.  Artificially lowering blood cholesterol is like the mayor recalling all emergency medical vehicles off the roads in an ice storm instead of sending out sanding crews.  If one's blood cholesterol is high, there is an emergency need to address inflammation through lifestyle factors, especially diet.  Not cause more problems with meds.  Cholesterol is the bodies' emergency paramedic.  More on this later.)  Blood pressure meds were also recommended.  In the past, when Peter's blood pressure was too high for him to take classes at a gym that he'd just joined, he lowered it in less than a week with dietary changes.  He did the same again in February.  He did not take a single pill.

When he went back to the doctor at the end of June, the doctor was stunned and thrilled.  He said, "You made my day!"  He rarely ever has patients make the necessary changes.  Actually, doctors rarely give the guidance and support needed for their patients to make the changes.  That is where nutritional therapy comes in.

This big change all started when I discovered, by means of a functional evaluation by a fellow Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, that my adrenal glands were just about completely exhausted and my body was not regulating blood sugar levels efficiently.  My diet was close to ideal so this shocked me.  I seemed to be healthy and had plenty of energy....so it seemed.  But the handwriting was on the wall so I made the changes needed to heal BEFORE getting to the point of feeling unwell.  In retrospect, there were many symptoms,  I just didn't recognize them.  

I went on the sugar control diet (aka sugar handling protocol) and asked Peter if he wanted to join me.  He surprised me by agreeing.  We were doing this for health, not for weight loss.  Most people will find their weight normalizing, though, whether too thin or too heavy.  I lost about 10 lbs, putting me at 5'6" and about 130 lbs.  You can see how Peter's body responded.

Peter has not started working out yet.  He knows he should, and is much more active around the farm and has been walking the dogs and doing farm chores for about an hour or more every day, but has not hit the gym yet.  This weight loss is through diet only.  People who cannot be active due to injuries or serious health concerns can lose weight this way.

And it includes bacon.  Eggs.  Dairy is allowed for some people.  And timing....timing is very, very important.  As is combining.  And proportions. 

Want more information?  I will be teaching a teleclass on getting and staying healthy, and blood sugar control will be a part of it.  Included will be how to recognize if your blood sugar needs handling, long before you get to the point of needing medical intervention, so you can PREVENT the need for medical intervention.  (Disclaimer:  The information will not replace your doctor, and is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition.  Please consult your medical professional if you think you have symptoms of any disease.  The information provided is designed, however, to aid you in healing your body while under treatment by your doctor or to help you PREVENT a disease process from getting started....in spite of your family history.  Most diseases are lifestyle diseases, meaning you have a lot of power to prevent!)

The class, Foundations of Vibrant Health, will start on Tuesday, September 18 at 9 PM EST via teleconference, and will run for 12 weeks.  Each class will be up to an hour long, with time for questions and answers.

The series is competitively priced at $395....but I've marked it down to $195.  There is a coupon code as well, and using it will take another $50 off the series.  Yup, that is a whopper of a coupon code.  It is digestion.

If you can't make it but would like to know when the next class will be, if you are on facebook, "like" my page and check in on occasion:  BlueViola Nutritional Therapy.  Or join this blog to get email updates.

The official order form is here....get the coupon code first, though!


  1. AWESOME!!! Go, Hubster! SO ecstatic for you!

  2. This is an awesome story! :)

  3. Way to go, Peter!!! That's awesome!!!

  4. Peter looks great!!! And I want in on the workshop!

  5. Suzan, I have a coupon code for you: digestion. That will get you another whopping $50 off the already discounted price! Click on the link above, where it says, "The official order form...." at the bottom of the story. You will love it! It is SO MUCH MORE than the last class you took from me.

  6. I know this is an old post, but I just found your blog and have been reading through it. I showed my roommate the pictures of your husband and we both agree that he looks a bit like Tom Hanks, especially in the first one. Congrats on the weight loss to him, it must feel wonderful.

    Your blog is awesome! I'll be reading it from now on.

  7. Tom Hanks! I had to look closely, but I can see it. Tom Hank's black cousin.....ha-ha-ha!! Or maybe a tanned Tom Hanks in the movie "Castaway!" *snicker*

    Yes, we've slacked off a bit on being so strict, and his weight is still down 65 lbs now. We are going back on strict sugar handling again in a few days. It is a great way to cleanse, too. It is no longer a huge leap for us to do the strict phase, as we eat this way most of the time. The exception is the occasional treat, like a whole wheat pizza, a pie, or the favorite black bean chocolate cake. I can live without those for a month or so as long as I have bacon!