This is the story of my personal OMAD journey to better health, fitness, and life. All my life i'm struggled with my weight. I've never been in control of food. Food has always had control over me. No matter how much I would fight it the pounds would just keep pilling on. In the second grade I was 284 and by the 5th I was 360. While being fat as a kid I was blessed with a normal childhood. I was happy as a child. Life was good. I had a mom and dad who loved me and who where there for me and supported me.
My first time I tried to loose weight was in the 8th grade at age 14. My uncle told me if I would just walk back up and down my street four times the weight would just fall off. Well I tried it and was only able to go up and down once as I was too out of shape to go four times. At 14 walking was easy on me. Despite being 400 plus pounds in high school I was in the marching band. I carried my weight well back then. It was the fall of my sophomore year in high school at age 16 that I hit the scales at 463. I decided enough was enough and committed myself to the Atkins diet. This was around the year of 2000 when the low carb diet really began to take off. While I did manage to loose 30 pounds my weight began to stall out around 390's. Looking back I believe the reason for my plateau was eating too much protein. Plus I bought in to the all you can eat myth that you can eat all the eggs, bacon, and meats of all kind and still loose weight. While having some initial success I failed to fix the root cause of the problem which was binge eating. I was still binge eating just on hamburger patties and cheese.
By the end of high school I attending a small community college in my local home town. By then life became much easier and less stressful. Leading me to try the subway diet. It was here that I had my most successful weight loss to date. I only eat twice a day lunch and dinner. For lunch I would have a six inch turkey sub, a bag of baked chips, and a diet coke. For dinner I would have a foot long honey oat veggies sub. In 8 months I went from 460's to 330. Then I started slipping up and cheating, which, was a huge mistake because it was then at age 21 that I started having very painful gallbladder attacks. In the fall around this time I went to work at the café of Arlington Baptist College and put the weight back on because I was unable to adjust. By the time I graduated five years later at 26 I was tipping the scale at 500 pounds.
As you can see now my chronic binge eating habit has lead me to a life of yo yo dieting. It would not be for three years later that I would try again in the summer of 2013 and I would loose 70 but by the summer of 2014 had gained all my weight back on because I pushed myself too hard that by the end of that diet stint 3 months later I had no energy or will power lift and sadly I went back to my old ways again. Now at 33 years old the yo yo dieting pattern has nearly destroyed any hope I had that I could ever be a normal weight. I thank God for people willing to pray for me concerning my health crisis. One day I asked God to help me with my current situation. I believe he answered that prayer by giving my will power and drive back. He sent me on the journey where I would discover the tools of intermittent fasting and eventually the OMAD lifestyle.
It was may 21st. I had just gotten done eating a large box of oatmeal chocolate chip granola bars that weekend where there was 25 plus a free peanut butter bar inside. It was that sunday on the 21st that I began the 16:8 intermittent fasting. For the rest of that week I kept to the 16:8 and while the first 3 days where just two normal meals a day lunch and dinner. By day four I was completely keto committed to help with my diabetes that ran on average in the 200's. By the end of that week my blood sugar was 113, which was the best blood sugar reading in at least two years. All of 2016 my blood ran high and peeked at 350. By the second week for at least the first half I switched to 20:4 and for nearly a week I have progressed to eating one meal a day at five pm every day.
The struggle is real, however, I am fully committed to the omad lifestyle. My starting weight is 600 pounds plus. My last official weight was back in February when I took a trip to the ER for a messed up left ankle. I was 584. For months since then I kept emotionally binge eating till I started intermittent fasting on the 21st of may. Who knows how much weight I gained before I started my new journey of healthy living.
This Saturday begins my 20th day of intermittent fasting. All this time I've cut out all sugars and bad carbs and stuck to getting my carbs from the 5 to 7 cups of veggies I have been getting every day. Been keeping my protein to around 15 to 25 percent of my intake every day and only eating fats from the protein sources, avocados, and sometimes peanut butter where the only ingredient is from peanuts. My veggies would be broccoli, cauliflower, bristle sprouts, romaine lettuce, baby spinage, celery, and sometimes cilantro. Basically I have stuck to the basics, until one day I tried the low carb cauliflower pizza! I loved it and was very full from it so much so that that pizza was the only meal that day. This lead to the omad way of intermittent fasting. I found one meal a day is much easier than the 20:4 because my stomach was not ready for another meal even four hours later. On the keto lifestyle one meal sticks with me for a very long time. Even now I'm not hungry after eating my meal at five Friday evening. Right now it is almost 1 am in the morning.
As I progress on my omad journey I will continue to post updates. My first goal is to make it to june 21st. While it will take me more than a month to kill the old guy and his binge eating ways I will begin to have more easier days than hard. I will keep you posted! Stay tuned!
Getting my blood work done soon. I will post my results when they come in.