I joined PD in MayI joined PD in May of 2017 after seeing a post on FB. I can’t begin to express my gratitude for the changes I have experienced since joining. A little about myself – I have been obese for most of my adult life, trying one diet after another (you name it, I’ve probably tried it) with no lasting results leaving me discouraged and full of self-loathing.
Since discovering PD with all the wonderful recipes and support, I am overjoyed with the transformation in my life (physically as well as mentally). I weighed 210 pounds in May of 2017 and within the first month, I had lost approximately 10 pounds. Unlike the myriad of diets I had been on in the past, PD left me with absolutely no cravings. None. What a liberating experience! My weight loss stayed consistent at approximately ten pounds per month until I was down to 140 pounds in November of 2017. And then I plateaued. I felt good, loved the food and trying new recipes but felt that I should lose another 15 pounds. When Day Fasting was introduced I was hesitant. I researched articles associated with autophagy and questioned whether it would work for me. I decided to first implement the STS program (which I hadn’t practiced). I started having my yogi bowl for breakfast at work, then nothing until 7 or 8 in the evening. I kept this up for a month with some noticeable improvements – both weight and energy wise. Julie had mentioned to me on an FB post that I was only one yogi bowl away from Day Fasting. That comment prompted me to give it a try, why not? I have been day fasting since October 22nd and have lost another ten + pounds and am beginning to notice that my loose skin is beginning to tighten up and my energy is increasing.
Thank you, Julie and Jerry for the research put into PD, and the help and encouragement you have shown. Thank you, PD family for the comments and pictures that you post in PD Living.
In response to what my “why’s” are I would have to say they are many, including a strong family history of cancer, dementia, mental illness, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. I truly believe that by following a PD lifestyle I will be able to keep these debilitating diseases at bay. My biggest “why” would be to not cause a burden for my sons regarding caring for me as I age. I’ll soon be 66 and can honestly say I feel much younger inside and out! From the bottom of my heart, thank-you!