As I muddle around, trying to get back in sync from the long weekend — of which I took every advantage — here's an email from Eileen that came in last Friday that I was really pleased to receive.
I just wanted to let you know that you are certainly changing (saving?) lives with your blog. I forget how I found Free The Animal, but it was shortly after I started my New Year's resolution to drop the 20 lbs I'd gained in the past 18 months. I had the idea that I was going to Zone because it had helped me lose weight in the past, although I remember quitting because it was a hassle to weigh and measure every bite of food (and quite frankly, I was starving on 12 blocks/day). Anyway, finding your blog coincided nicely with my Zone procrastination so I decided to follow your recommendations instead. January 1st, I weighed 145 lbs and a week ago, 125 lbs. The best part of that is that much of the weight lost was this big spare tire of fat around my waist and no starving.
Also thanks to you/your blog, I began to supplement Vit D heavily. I should mention here that I'm an RN, and since it was cold & flu season the topic came up with some of my coworkers regarding Vitamin D supplementation. One of the older nurses was telling the younger girls how important it was to take "the recommended 400 IU per day". If I didn't read your blog, I wouldn't have known that 400 IU isn't likely to do much for people with D deficiency. I kept taking 6000 IU (and kept my mouth shut – can't argue with some of those old battleaxes and win). D Action sent my test results in April and my level is 76.
My annual "physical" is coming up in a few weeks, and I am curious to see if my physician will check my cholesterol. Last year my HDL was a pathetic 38. I'm hoping that after 5 months of healthy eating, there is an improvement.
So thank you, Richard. Because of your drive to educate the rest of us, you have helped me make truly positive changes in my life and health. Keep up the great work!
Pretty amazing, eh? The Zone, a working life amongst medical professionals, and all it really takes is some decent common sense to eat real food, plenty of natural fat, and the rest takes care of itself.
Hearty congratulations to Eileen.