Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Metabolic Balance

I really was intending to post about this when I was ready to show off my “after” pictures.  But as I tend to do late at night on Twitter, I spilled about how thrilled I was with my results, and thus led to the requests about what it was I was doing to get the kind of the results I’ve been tweeting about, so here goes…

To understand how I got to this program, a quick background:

I was always a bit rounder even though there were periods of my life when I was fitter than others.  I’ve tried various methods of dieting, detoxing, etc. because I also have a family history of heart disease as well as being diagnosed with high cholesterol at the age of 9 myself, and have always had it ever since.  A little over 5 years ago, my lifestyle of physical and mental stress from my career, poor eating, and emotional stress with the life events that was happening over a period of a year really took a toll on my body and left me bedridden with chronic fatigue syndrome – for 9 months.  That in itself is a VERY long story, and not one which I will go into here, but needless to say that at the age of 29, I was not about to be told nothing could be done for me and that I would be faced to live the rest of my life that way.  I embarked on a complete life change and decided to work on me from the inside out.  This decision brought me to Tony Robbins and his programs.  Again, I could write a book about what Tony, those associated with him and the various other people that have crossed my path have done for my life and the course my life is now on, so I won’t go on into detail about that here either.  However, one of those very special people that crossed my path through the Tony Robbins program is a very special trainer, Doris.  She assisted me through a trying time during one of those events and always held a special place in my heart because of it.

Last December, I happened across some pictures of Doris at an event in FL, which I was supposed to attend and didn’t.  I couldn’t wait to see pictures of the fun and excitement of Leadership and Crew from that event because I totally missed not being there myself – very much like when everyone came back from the NKOTB cruise.  When I came across Doris’ picture, my jaw about hit the ground.  She had not only lost a significant amount of weight, but her face just glowed.  Her eyes sparkled.  In every group picture, it was Doris that jumped right out of the picture.  I was like, “WOW!  What the heck did you do??”

That question was quickly answered a few weeks later when Doris posted about her program on Facebook.  The program is called Metabolic Balance and originated in Germany.  It’s just now picking up momentum in the US.  To really generalize it, here are the basic lifetime principles of the program:

·        3 meals a day

·        Meals must be at least 5 hours from the end of one meal to the beginning of the next meal

·        No food or drinks between meals – except water

·        Drink 2L of water a day

·        Always eat your protein first

·        Always eat your fruit at the end of the meal

The last two has to do with keeping your blood sugar level stable.

Sounds really easy, right?

Well, there’s obviously more to it than that, so here is my experience:

With this program there is some coaching involved to assist with questions, keep you on track, help hold yourself accountable to accomplishing your goals, etc.  Luckily for me, the program worked so well for Doris, that she became a coach for Metabolic Balance.  So I contacted Doris with a simple, “I’m ready.”

She emailed me back an information form where I provided the standard information plus my weight, certain body measurements, and my goal weight.  There were also questions about any allergic reactions to food, was I taking medication, etc.  It’s important to say that this program does not make any claim on health improvements except to say that the purpose of this program is to reset your metabolism to its natural state using food that will work with your blood chemistry to do that.  Technically, participants of the program are required to have a medical check-up during the program as well, and I’m guessing it depends on the coach as to how strict they are about that.  Doris didn’t really insist on that with me, primarily because she knew I was already on top of my medical status.  I don’t know the specific of the programs calculations, and quite honestly, I don’t know that I care what they are.  If a by-product is that I’m eating significantly healthier, I lose some inches, my health does in fact improve but most importantly that I feel better, then they can keep their calculations a secret.

So once I completed the form and emailed it back to Doris (she actually lives in Austria and travels A LOT with all of the coaching and other things she does so we keep in contact through emails and conference calls), she sent me back a lab form for LabCorp, which has labs all over the country that is readily accessible for my bloodwork.  Did I forget to mention that?  You get some blood drawn to be analyzed, and then your food choices are determined based on the results of the bloodwork.

Everything is turned around pretty quickly, and you can get started in a few days depending on when you get tested, etc.  I got a lengthy report back, actually the full report.  I don’t think all of the information is normally provided like that to participants, but again, I know Doris.  Basically, it gave me 3 different meal choices each for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The meals are laid out in serving size portions of protein and veggies (or fruit in the morning for breakfast), and your coach can tell you how to mix and match between lunch and dinner.  Then there’s a listing of foods personalized based on the results of the bloodwork, so you can choose which protein, vegetable, fruit, cheese, etc for each meal based on that list.  I was lucky, I actually got a pretty decent variety of foods that I normally enjoy eating, and they’re foods that you can find in any grocery store.  Nothing all that “exotic.”  The serving sizes are tailored as well based on your bloodwork and the other information you provided on the initial form.

But BEFORE any of the meals on the program are consumed, you have to go through a sort of cleansing of the body for 2 days for you to be ready to begin the program.  Not all that fun.

I’m gonna be honest, it hasn’t really been all that fun AT ALL until recently.  I am a foodie.  I will never give up that definition of myself for anyone.  I LOVE FOOD.  PERIOD.  So to limit myself from various other goodies involving sugar, bad fat, fried stuff, etc. was initially heartbreaking.  But what I decided was more heartbreaking than not having the food I loved was not really being the woman that I know I am and hiding behind the frequent illnesses and weight.  I never want to walk out of a room again and have my only regret of a perfect moment be that I wish I could have been seen at my best in every way.   

So I sucked it up.  I did the freakin’ two day fasting experience, with a nice laxative at the end to really clean the pipes – yes part of the program.  I started the plan and spent time measuring out every freakin’ serving of protein and vegetables for my meals for the week.  I didn’t partake in the annual Mother’s Day brunch where my mom and I would just stuff ourselves silly of yummy morsels. (Yeah, my mom was pretty bummed about that too because she didn’t want to eat the goodies if I wasn’t going to join her.)  I didn’t have ANY birthday cake or sweets on my own birthday.  First time that happened EVER.  Hell, last year I celebrated throughout the month of May and had 4 different cakes.  (Don’t get the wrong idea, everyone wanted to celebrate with me, so different groups brought cakes at different times.)  It wasn’t easy.  There were many nights where I would crave the most random things.  PB&J with Cheetos one night.  Hot fudge sundae the next.  Grilled cheese another afternoon.  My ultimate favorite – hot buttered popcorn cravings occurred all the freakin’ time!  Yes my friends, the last few weeks were at times excruciating, until….

I put on a couple of pairs of pants that a couple of weeks ago, I was busting out of them.  Not only can I now zip them up, but they’re LOOSE!  Hmmm…let’s see what the scale says.  Holy Toledo!  10 pounds down, just with changing my diet!  AND I felt better!  AND the weight was coming off differently with this program.  More evenly distributed in terms of where the fat actually was on my body.  Not just in my face or on my stomach, but from my thighs, my ass, and miracle of miracles, my arms – which never really happened before.  Time to bring the tape measure out!  No, it wasn’t just my imagination.  1 inch gone from each of my thighs!  1 inch gone from my hips!  3 inches gone from my waist!

Notice I never mentioned anything about exercise.  That’s because I didn’t do any the first couple of weeks.  Nothing.  Zip.  Nada.  Hell, I was going through enough mental cravings torture with the decision that I made.  I wasn’t going to add physical torture to it too and really press my luck on my mental stamina to stick with my original decision.  That all changed this week, however, when I started back with Bikram yoga (yes, the hot yoga), and with regular walking if I wasn’t going to yoga.  I’m determined to now do something physical every day no matter how minimal because I know the momentum of the eating change alone will start to level off rather quickly.  I mean, my body can’t keep dropping inches at this pace just with the eating differently, right?  Logically, that sounds right, and as proof, lost 3 more pounds in the last 3 days adding in the exercise.  Outside of the Bikram yoga, I’m not really doing anything Biggest Loser style in terms of physical activity.

Here’s what it comes down to:  Eating foods on the program specifically calibrated for my body chemistry, adhering to the guidelines of the program, and throwing in exercise when you’re ready for it.  I physically feel really great.  When I go to sleep now, there’s no more tossing and turning, and I sleep well through the night.  The inches are coming off very quickly, and I have a pep in my step again.  Life is good.

I will keep you all that are interested updated on my progress, and I promise to post pictures – when I finally reach my “AFTER” picture pose.  If you have any questions in between posts, feel free to hit me up.

For more information on Metabolic Balance, you can check out the following site:



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1 comment:

  1. I am getting to go for my consultation - dying to know the costs?

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