As you know, the decision to reveal what I look like to the webiverse was not an easy one to make. But, I am so glad that I did!!!! The response has been absolutely overwhelming! My Transformation received as many pageviews over the last three days as my blog normally gets in two weeks! And I doubt that I will ever be able to write anything again that will inspire so many people to comment so positively on my blog! Thank you to every single person who read my story, looked at my photos, commented, liked, and shared. You are the reason I put myself out there and you made it worthwhile. You may have noticed that I have also changed my profile photos on Facebook and Twitter (Please “like” and “follow” me if you haven’t already!). Thank you to those of you who have commented that it helps you feel more connected to me to be able to see my face. That was exactly the point. You have all also inspired me to submit versions of my story to www.robbwolf.comand to www.marksdailyapple.com for their respective success story series (still waiting to find out if my story will be selected for robbwolf.com and I’m still working on a new slant for Mark’s Daily Apple). So, now that you all know what I look like, feel free to say ‘Hi’ if you recognize me the grocery store!
In just three days, My Transformation has been commented on by over 80 people (plus well over 100 people on my Facebook page). So many of you used words like “radiant”, “inspirational”, “beautiful”, “vibrant”, “adorable”, and “smoking hot” (I like that one especially!). I can feel your words going straight to my head. Yes, I believe I now have a strut. I want to make a special thank you to those of you who emphasized that I was beautiful before I lost the weight too and also to those of you who made a point of saying that my beauty is in my spirit as much as in my face. So many of us don’t see anything about ourselves except what we want to change and it can be very enlightening and empowering to get a glimpse of ourselves through someone else’s eyes. Which brings me to a thank you to those of you compelled to kick me in the behind a little bit for being too critical of myself and not fully appreciating how far I have come and how healthy I am. Let me assure you that I do love how I feel, that I am happy, and that I definitely appreciate where I am. I may not love my body yet, but I don’t really think about it that much. I also try not to worry about the things that I cannot change (both about my body and in life in general). I would like to see myself lose 5-10 more pounds, but if that is not what my body wants to do, I am not going to worry about it. Which brings me to one final thank you to those of you who mentioned that you can’t see my baggy skin. I was wearing spanx. That is all I have to say about that. Lastly, I have one quick suggestion for those of you who mentioned that you are just starting your journey to health: take before pictures now! Not only am I inviting you to write up your stories for my blog’s Real People, Real Paleo series, but even if you don’t want to share your story with the world, it is actually really cool to be able to look at photographic evidence of how far you’ve come.
I also wanted to take this opportunity to give you a little preview of some of the posts and projects that I am working on. I tend to work very organically when I research and write posts, so I never know which posts are going to come together first. I have many different posts at different stages on the go all at once. For example, I have some more posts detailing aspects of and rationale behind the Autoimmune Protocol. I am working on a SIBO post and a FODMAP-sensitivity post. I am working on a whole series of posts dealing with hunger hormones and the effects of different lifestyle and diet choices on those hormones. I am also working on posts about some of the more contentious issues in the paleo community like how much fruit we should eat and whether or not dairy is good for us. I am also going to deal with more questions specific to pregnancy and feeding babies. And, because there were a couple of comments dealing with this topic on My Transformation, I am writing a post about binge eating.
I also have some fantastic new projects on the go!
I am officially announcing that I have teamed up with Dr. Ernie Garcia of www.PaleolithicMD.com(also on twitter and facebook) to write an ONGOING series of posts aimed at “Overcoming Medical Dogma” (good title, right?)! You will meet Dr. Garcia in an interview post next Tuesday and get more information on this very exciting collaboration!!!
I am also going to be recording an episode of The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show podcast with the infamous Jimmy Moore next week!!!! I’m going to be talking about science reporting (or rather the lack of it), specifically in how it pertains to educating the general public about nutrition. I’m not sure when the episode will air, but I will keep you all posted on Facebook.
I have agreed to do a video interview with Jim Van Wyck for www.PaleoDietNews.com. We have yet to set up a time, but again, I will keep you posted.
I am writing a pair of guest posts for Danielle of Fresh4Five for her series “Have Your Cake, Eat It Too”. I have created a nut-free paleo lemon cupcake with lemon caramel frosting recipe just for her (you’ll see it here too, don’t worry) and a post full of ideas for a Paleo Birthday Party. I had originally promised to get these to Danielle weeks ago, so I actually owe her a BIG apology for taking so long.
I have also been actively seeking out experts in areas outside of my comfort zone to write on specific topics that I hope will be of interest for you. Because of my ongoing interest in treatment for autoimmune disease, you will notice a distinctive theme here. The idea is to provide information for alternative therapies that may help promote healing (and especially for people who are frustrated by how slow healing can be even on the Autoimmune Protocol).
Coming this Thursday is a guest post by Ann Wendel of Prana Physical Therapy (you can also find her on twitter and on facebook and she is now part of the www.Whole9Life.comteam). This post will discuss the benefits of Physical Therapy for those with autoimmune disease.
Cole Magbanua of Acupuncture Pain Clinic has agreed to write me a post tentatively on the benefits of acupuncture for reducing inflammation.
And my good friend (all the way back to high school!) and naturopathic physician, Dr. Kellie Ferguson of Koru Natural Health Center has agreed to write me two posts. The first will talk about the benefits of naturopathic medicine for treating autoimmune disease. The second will talk more about testing for and treating food sensitivities.
Alan from www.crohnsdad.com has agreed to write a guest post for me about his experiences using diet to successful treat Crohn’s Disease in his daughter as well as the frustration of dealing with doctors (some the best in the country) who don’t believe that diet plays a role in the pathogenesis of Crohn’s. We are also discussing some possible collaborative posts.
And to finish off, instead of a sketch, here are two more photos from my “after” photo shoot. The one on the left got cut for looking too “howdy cowboy”. I love the one on the right where I am laughing. Also, don’t forget to vote for your favorite profile photo in the sidebar on the right!!!