I started on the Bulletproof Diet on May 4, 2015. I prefer to call it the Bulletproof Protocol, since “diet” implies short-term, and I intend to continue with this long after my fat loss is complete.
This is my Bulletproof journey.
For over a year I have felt myself spiraling into apathy about my weight, my age and it became so bad that it began to bleed into my lifelong dreams. I had zero energy, slept horrible almost every single night. The nights I did sleep soundly were so rare, that they were a cause for celebration. I felt OLD. I'd lost my desire to do anything other than just sit on my tush. I hated the way I looked and more than that, the way I felt.
I was exhausted, negative, short-tempered and angry. All the time. What had happened to me? Where did the happy, positive, upbeat girl go? I wanted her back. I missed the way I used to be, the way I used to enjoy my life.
I knew I needed to get “back on track” with healthy eating and working out, but I had absolutely NO motivation. None.
By chance, at our son’s house, on Easter Sunday, his friend Nick was talking about his Bulletproof coffee and I was intrigued. I listened closely, asked questions, and then I began reading everything I could on this Bulletproof Diet and Coffee idea. I was game.
I will admit that I was hesitant to give up all of the foods that were listed as “suspect” and “toxic” but I also feared that those foods were a bigger part of my problem than just 60 extra pounds and I was determined to go all in and give it 100%.
Good-bye breads, wheat, grains, legumes, cheese, dairy (except grass-fed butter), most fruits, and SUGAR.
Hello, grass fed meats, low-carb veggies, berries and my future good health!
The first week of detoxing off of everything I had been fueling my body with, all at once, was not pleasant. I felt unwell and woke with a headache each morning* and it returned every afternoon at around 3pm. On the fifth day, I literally felt “homicidal” I wanted to tear heads off and scream at the top of my lungs. I pushed through the day (without harming anyone) and woke on the sixth day feeling AMAZING!
*waking with a headache is something I suffered from for years, so that part was not anything new.
The change in the way I felt was miraculous. I had mental clarity and focus, lots of energy and was back to feeling positive. The intense anger that previously consumed me, had vanished. I was excited about making plans and following my dreams. My creativity kicked back in and I really did begin to feel invincible.
I am a believer in the Bulletproof lifestyle.
After a month on the protocol and being so ecstatic at how much BETTER I FEEL, I can also report that I am nearly two pants sizes smaller (I am using my clothing size as my success gauge over the scale, since the scale does not give an accurate picture of what is truly going on with fat loss and inches). Every week, my clothes fit better, looser and I can get into clothes that were impossible to wear before. I took measurements a week ago and will be keeping a log of the inches lost every month too. I should have done that on day 1 but didn’t.
I am incorporating HIIT workouts a few times a week (20 minutes), but no more endless hours on the treadmill, just short high intensity workouts and done. In between, those, I can enjoy some "active rest" activities: walks/hikes, bike rides and maybe get the golf clubs back out!
For me the biggest part of the success of being Bulletproof is how I feel. Getting the extra weight and fat off is a bonus! I am back into my creative zone and I feel like my brain has been awakened from a stupor. I am excited to get back into my daily writing and tap into my new found creativity.
posted by Beth