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Noriko’s Story

I’ve been trying to lose weight since I was 16 years old. After my first child, I gained and lost weight, only to gain it back again. After my second child, I tried multiple diets, you name it I probably tried it. I even did a Vegan diet which turned into a Raw diet for several months. I would lose a little weight, give in to hunger and cravings, and then gain it all back.

 

Fast forward 30 years to Jan. 1, 2017, I went back to what most health experts say: “Eat less exercise more, eat healthy grains, lean proteins, fruits and vegetables.” I lost the same 9-10 lbs. I usually lose, before my cravings kicked in and I was hungry all the time…here we go again. My weight started to increase. I’m thinking there has to be a better way.

 

I headed to the library and pulled out all the diet books I could find. I had about 30 books stacked on a table. I started skimming through them, to see if something jumped out at me. The two that stuck out were: Able James, The Wild Diet and Dave Asprey, The Bulletproof Diet. In the end I chose to go with the Bulletproof Diet because they had it on audio.

 

I started with the The Bulletproof Diet, which transitioned into a ketogenic diet. For the first time ever, I started to see quick results with a strange caveat:

 

  • I had more energy and clarity.
  • I felt happier.
  • Colors seemed to be brighter.
  • All my health issue started to get better.
  • I had more energy and wanted to be outside more.
  • My knee and back injuries weren’t bothering me as much.

 

The better I felt, the more I was hooked. I started reading everything I could get my hands on regarding the ketogenic diet. I studied over 1000 hours of doctors, scientist, and health conscious folks talking about health and fitness as well as the keto diet. I’ve made it my job and mission for the past year to learn everything I could.

 

For the first time, I was seeing results. I lost 20 lbs., which was my first goal…what the heck! This blew me away because I was only thinking to myself, “If I could just lose 20 lbs. I would be happy,” And then I lost it! I felt like I figured out some big secret that nobody knows…and then I lost another 20 lbs.! And then another! Anyone that knows me knows that if I find some deal or something that works, and found success, I’m going to share it with everybody I know…strangers on the street, family and friends. I know, I know. I have to be careful not to make them sick of me talking about the keto diet. I feel so great, and I want everyone else to feel great too. I like to see people win! That’s who I am, and I’m okay with that. I understand and know the struggles of being overweight and unhealthy. My hope is that this inspires you to not give up, open your mind to new information, keep learning and keep growing.

Gary’s Story

In the Disney Movie “Shrek,” Shrek told the character Donkey that he was like an onion. Donkey came up with many reasons why Shrek was like an onion…all of them correct to a degree, but none of them were the reasons Shrek was thinking of. After being tired of saying no to Donkey, as to why he was like an onion, Shrek finally yelled out, “Cause I have many layers! An onion has many layers,” Shrek said.

 

That’s my life. It has many layers. People know me as this guy with a big personality, strong convictions, and a “no quit attitude.” All true, but there is one layer of my life where I struggled, and only my wife knew about it…my weight. As a former high school and collegiate athlete, I prided myself on staying in shape…not eating healthy but staying in shape. In my younger years, I could run a 4-minute mile, a half-mile in 1 minute and 58 seconds, a quarter mile in 49.2 seconds, and 100 yards in 9.9 seconds and eat anything I wanted. Little did I know that I would get older and I wouldn’t be as active as I once was. Not because I didn’t want to, but because my body was no longer fit to do those things.

 

My momma said to me, “If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you already have.” In a nutshell, this was me and my constant efforts to lose weight.

 

After years of “lazy” dieting…going strong for a month or so on various diets and exercise programs, purchasing infomercial exercising equipment that oversold a product but said nothing about changing the way you eat, I would then go back to my old ways of eating. I decided to join a Bootcamp. This would be the jumpstart to me getting to where I am today. In Bootcamp, my instructor told me that I would lose weight, and get stronger, but a good workout, would never beat a bad diet. Please! I was about to prove her wrong.

 

I lost about 25 lbs. in Bootcamp. I was looking good and feeling good. The best I had been in years. But I kept eating badly and eventually, the weight came back on. My overeating of bad and unhealthy foods, eventually led me to 5 heart issues, attacks. While all the doctors told me to lose weight and change my diet I didn’t. Instead, I would just work out harder.

 

The last heart issue took its toll on me. I was on medication, I needed assistance going to the bathroom and I dreaded life. I wasn’t depressed; I just didn’t like the way my life was going. I knew something had to change and all I could think of was, I will just have to work twice as hard on my workouts. I would workout for 2 hours, 5-6 days a week, but this time around I would eat semi-healthy during the week, and be a glutton on the weekends. After all, I was working out 2 hours a day. This would prove a hard workout could beat a bad diet. I was 285 lbs. and after 4 years of this, I was down to 265 lbs. 4 years and 20 lbs.! Are you kidding me?

 

One day, while watching my wife (who has this insane nature of researching things before she dives in and was also struggling with her weight as much as I did), do these massive readings about health, nutrition, and exercise, I decided to watch and see her results. I was hoping she wouldn’t do what she always does and ask me to do the diet with her. I never liked it when she did that. So, I was happy she didn’t ask me to join her on that journey. I was still trying to prove my point.

 

I saw her eat differently, exercise very little and lose weight. In my mind, I thought, “This is good, but I know my wife. She typically stops after two weeks and loses all interest in whatever diet plan she is on.” Man, was I ever wrong! Week after week, after week, I saw her eat these scrumptious meals, lose weight, and maybe work out 1 hour a week! I couldn’t stand it anymore. So I asked her to tell me about this diet she was on. That’s when she told me about the keto diet.

 

It has been an incredible, exciting, and educational journey. My journey on the keto diet had nothing to do with my internal strength as an individual or my belief system. It had to do with the choices that I was making, and the new information I was getting to educate myself on what foods are really good for my body. The keto diet has nothing to do with your age, your faith, or belief system. It’s all about you making the right choice, to do something different in your life.

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