On my birthday 2009 my son took me to a steakhouse for dinner. I had a steak, baked potato loaded with everything you could put on it, sauteed mushrooms, deep fried onion, and lots of bread. I had to sit at the bar because I did not fit in the booths. I weighed over 340 lbs. I could not walk from the car to my desk without stopping to rest. I was on supplemental oxygen 24 hours a day. My fibromyalgia was so bad that I was in constant excruciating pain. I had been diagnosed not only with fibromyalgia, but with COPD, diabetes, high blood pressure, GERD, sleep apnea, and a host of related problems. The day after my birthday dinner I went to a friend’s birthday party. It was a typical Texas style cookout. I had a hot dog, a hamburger, baked beans, potato salad, chips and dips, and several margaritas. My friend had to help me to my car, not because of the drinking, I was careful about that, but because I had so much difficulty walking all the time.
I had met someone at work who said he had lost a significant amount of weight eating raw vegan and using super foods. I did my research and knew this was my last hope. I had tried every diet out there and no matter how religiously I stuck with it, the weight did not come off. I knew that I was facing total disability or even death if I did not find something that worked for me. So on May 18th, 2009 I started eating 100% raw, organic, vegan. Within a month I saw results. Not only was my weight dropping, but my energy level was going up and my pain level was going down.