I’m Bronwyn, Primal Health Coach and Business Development Director at ingfit.
I’ve been overweight my entire life, extremely overweight as a teenager and then most of my adult life I have swung between mildly overweight to bordering on obese. Since age 13 I have always been on some kind of a diet or fad. I tried amphetamine diet pills in my teens, went for days without eating and then binged and purged. Thankfully the purging didn’t stick, but the binging has come and gone always, and is still not a mountain I have not fully climbed. I tried weight watchers, injections, diet plans from doctors, the lemon juice maple syrup diet. I always lost weight, and I always gained it back... with interest!
I eventually tried raw veganism (yes, I know). This was the first time I started to understand the purpose of the nutritional factor of food, and became so fascinated with this ocean of knowledge that I got my certification as a Raw Nutritionist through the David Wolfe Institute. However, I wasn’t in perfect health, and my gut certainly wasn’t a fan of that way of life.
While I may have lost weight, I never actually FELT better.
A few more bumps along the way and I finally arrived with a screeching halt at keto.
With a very basic understanding of keto, and learning to find my way around the weight room in the gym, I managed to lose 10 kilos, bringing me into a healthy weight range for my height.
Now that I had my healthy lifestyle choice firmly in place, with my weight finally stabilized (MOSTLY, I mean we all walk this human journey), my health struggles changed.
Because weight isn’t the only thing that concerns me anymore, I have finally have the space to look at my problems with sleep and hormones which have lead me to uncover an inactive pituitary gland which has induced hypothyroidism.
However, to be sitting in the endocrinologist's office and have him tell me that it is incredible that I am not obese with how low my thyroid hormones are is full testament to the fact that our lifestyle choices can turn our genetics on and off. Because of my consistent healthy food choices, exercise behavior and improvements in sleep hygiene, my body has been able to keep me at a healthy weight.
Please note I say healthy. My familial genes are definitely (as my mother would put it) from ‘good peasant stock’ meaning that no matter how many hill sprints I do or how much I deadlift, I’m still not going to be a cover model.
But, the changes that have happened and continue to happen in my body as I walk this road have blown me away. I had never imagined I would be able to see my hamstrings, but there they are! It had never crossed my mind that I would be able to lift more than my own body weight, but I can, and the sense of empowerment it gives me as I walk out of the gym into my everyday life is something I couldn’t buy anywhere else.