WHO: Jamie Cinq-Mars
CITY: Winnipeg, Man.
By The Numbers: 265 pounds at my heaviest, and currently 195, total weight loss 70 pounds
The Weight Gain: I was overweight as a kid, stayed that way until a massive growth spurt to a whopping 5’8”. I was about 190 to 195 (pounds) for as long as I can remember, but soon after that the weight piled on.
I don’t know how (aside from the obvious stuffing food into my pie hole) the weight began exactly or when, but I remember being 205, then 220 which was a longer period of time, then 240, again a longer stretch, and then over 260.
The Final Straw: I was one of those “healthy” obese people. Blessed with magical genetics I was healthy as a frickin' horse. Perfect blood pressure, no cholesterol issues, no aches and pains and played sports at the highest level that recreation can offer. I was agile and able to move. My doctor would tell me that I am doing well, that all my (tests) were good but that I should still lose weight. But where is the urgency when I am not feeling the effects? I never had the “ah-ha” moment, except to say, in 2007, I just knew I needed to make a change.
The decision came when I came across a guy named Paul. He had developed this “plan” that was NOT a diet and was about re-training our bodies to naturally help us eat properly and not over-consume. I thought that was something more like what I believed in and it just so happened that there was a four-night TV event featuring this guy's theories. I watched and took notes and thought this just might change my life.
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