Thursday, November 3, 2011

Welcome

Welcome to my new blog.  My name is Charles Current and I live a low-carb lifestyle.  I haven't been low-carb for too long, just since May 2011.  I've had such an improvement in my physical and mental health in that time that I decided that I needed to share it with the world.

When I was young I was one of the lucky ones that could eat anything I wanted and not gain a pound.  I graduated high school at 6'1" 165lbs.  I've had serious problems with depression and anxiety my whole life.  I was painfully shy and couldn't stand going to school and my grades reflected it.  My doctor tried anti-depressants but I hated the side effects and wouldn't keep taking them.


By 2009 I had reached 204lbs and had high blood pressure, frequent heart burn, headaches, depression, regular anxiety attacks and a variety of other minor health problems.  My doctor put me on blood pressure medications, but i couldn't handle the side effects and stopped taking them.  I started walking and climbing stairs daily and watched my portion sizes.  It helped with my weight, I lost 20lbs.  However I still felt like crap and my blood pressure wouldn't go down.  My wife and I saw the infomercial for Insanity and ordered it.  We started that program in early 2010.  We were eating healthier foods, exercising and losing weight.  I worked my way back down to 170lbs.  My blood pressure dropped to almost normal.  My depression disappeared and so did my headaches.  I felt good.  After completing the Insanity program I dropped back to working out 3 times a week and was able to maintain my weight and health.  Eventually things started to slip after our summer vacation.  I had a hard time getting back into the rhythm of working out regularly. 

At the end of 2010 I was watching a technology show and the host was publicly proclaiming his new years resolution.  He was confident that this year he was going to loose weight.  He had read a book called "Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It".  I immediately dismissed it when he started talking about cutting carbohydrates.  I knew that those low-carb diets were bad for you and he was making a big mistake.  After a couple of months I could see that he looked thinner and just plain healthier.  By this time I was back up to 190lbs, my blood pressure was back up and most of my other problems had returned.  I got curious and went out to find that book.  The evidence presented in the book was compelling.  I decided that there was something to this and I needed to try it.  I started reducing the carbs in my diet.  The results were immediate, I started loosing weight.  I quickly worked my way back down to 175lbs.  I started reading more books and blogs on healthy low-carb eating.  This education eventually led up to cutting out all added sugars and wheat products.  Due to other life issues I haven't been able to work out regularly in about 4 months.  But I still lost weight.

Today I am down to 165lbs, but more importantly I feel great.  My headaches, depression, anxiety and high blood pressure are gone.  The strongest evidence of this transformation is the very existence of this blog.  Before the recent changes in my diet the very thought of creating a blog would have sent me into a panic attack.  I couldn't even take a writing class in college because I was terrified of anyone reading something I wrote.  Today I am writing this and putting it up for the world to read.


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