First I’d like to start with an introduction…
Hi there! My name is Colton, I’m 29 years old and I live in California. I’ve struggled with weight loss and yo-yo-ing my entire adult life. I was stricken with a life-threatening illness in college which caused me to drop 70 pounds in one month, then developed an autoimmune disorder and was put on steroids which caused me to bloat up an additional 110 pounds. since then I started eating well and working out and was able to get down to 270lbs from a high of 340. However, this past winter was spent in quarantine and I gained an additional 30lbs back. The only thing saving me from looking absolutely HUGE has been my height, but I’m at a point now where it’s starting to show.
Listed below are my starting stats:
Starting Weight: 300.4lbs
Muscle %: 32.9
Muscle Weight: 107.2lbs
Water %: 49.1
Bone weight: 19.6lbs
I am not only ashamed of myself, but I’m also very sick. I struggle with two autoimmune conditions that make my life a living hell: Psoriatic Disease and Narcolepsy. Psoriatic Disease is greatly impacted by diet, so I’m hoping to see some relief (or complete remission) during the fast. As for Narcolepsy, I’m not sure if it will resolve, but it will be interesting to see if the overall sleepiness subsides. Between these two conditions and the weight, I’m pretty much isolated and bed-bound and this has left me extremely frustrated; Frustrated that I can’t get my weight under control, frustrated at the medical community for not having a better solution, and I’ve reached a point where I want radical change.
Long Term and Short Term Goals:
Long term goals would be to start feeling better, lose excess weight, and start participating in the world like a normal person my age. I am currently 300.4 lbs and would like to fast for a minimum of 30 days to maximum of 40 days, or until I have dropped 100 lbs, whichever comes first.
What are some struggles you face or you have faced in the past?
I’ve had some success on super clean diets like AIP Paleo, Wahls, and Vegan diets, but I still have to count calories or I somehow will find a way to overeat. I have a bottomless pit of a stomach! I also never reach full remission on my autoimmune conditions and it seems like my body needs a complete restart.
How do I feel right now?
I’m excited to get started and see where this takes me. I’m also looking forward to getting to know all of you better along this journey!
How will I feel once I achieve my goal?
It would be surreal to say the least. Even at my lowest weight in high school I was 215 pounds. So getting below 200lbs would be a first. I may not be able to do that with this fast alone, but it will get me closer to that goal much faster.
The secret to getting ahead is getting started.