My success story with Kenneth Russell
I was just turning 50 and realizing that
I wasn’t going to make 60 the way I was going.
I had all the symptoms of diabetes,
you know, short of amputation.
Life was miserable, I was living in my chair,
couldn’t get up to get something to eat
and the catalyst for change
was going to be a long decade
if I didn’t make some sort of a change.
My name is Kenneth Russell,
I live in Richmond, Virginia.
Essentially I learned the technics
for low-carb eating back then.
But I learned how to diet,
I learned how to go on a diet,
get the weight off,
go back to eating “normal food”.
I slowly but surely gained it all back,
but this time I learned about it
as a lifestyle change
and started educating myself, because
I was planning on doing this forever.
I knew that I had to make
a lifestyle change.
The hardest work of this lifestyle change
was the first five months.
Everyone has fits and starts
trying to get going
and just not eating
their normal stuff every day.
But then I would always go through a phase
where the food I was eating
was really boring to me.
I’ve always listened to the advice,
“What you need to do is take diet breaks
and give yourself rewards and all that.”
That was exactly the wrong advice for me
because avoiding it and depriving myself
of it until I was no longer deprived
was the key I was looking for.
One thing that changed medically
along the way
is I learned that I was
and by testing my blood sugar I was able
to eliminate those foods and learn how to eat.
And then almost as soon as I figured out
all of that my insulin resistance resolved
and it didn’t matter anymore.
Those same foods that were causing me
problems in the first nine months
didn’t cause me problems
in the second year.
My blood sugar would just go up and down
like a normal person.
This photo here was taken
five months into the diet.
I could never stand longer
than 30 minutes on my feet,
just five months earlier.
And two years later
I went to the same bench.
Basically I am
a completely different person.
That’s just two years.
I feel like I am 25 again.
And I actually feel better
than I did in my 30s and 40s.
I am no longer on the sidelines of life,
I am participating with my kids
and I found that was the reason I went on.
It was for my family.
But now I am going to be here
for my grandkids.
That was part of the decision here.
I was like, “I’m not going to be here
much less see them
graduate high school.”
This is going to be it for me
if I don’t do something.