I Wish I Had a Megaphone So I Could scream it to the World

Or “Why Don’t People Listen??”

2010 has been a great year for me:

– I found crossfit and am on the road to elite fitness. Even though I am 43 years old at the time of this posting, I have never been as fit as I am now.
– I found the Primal diet and then the Paleo diet, which has allowed me to lose over 50 lbs
– My health has dramatically improved

The change in how I look and feel has been blatantly obvious to those whom I call my friends, as well as those who see me infrequently. They make positive comments and compliment me on my incredible success. “Look at Brock…can you believe he has lost so much weight”, “Brock, you look fantastic”, “Wow, did you lose some weight or something?” are some of the words people have used when addressing  the “new” me.

Very few of them have asked how I did it. None of them want to believe hear it when I do tell them. Most people have been so indoctrinated into the belief that grains and sugar are good for you aren’t bad for you, and they have become so addicted to them, that the thought of losing them seems to out-way the actual in your face health benefits.

All I want to do is scream it to the world that this style of eating is appropriate, healthy, EASY, satisfying, filling and nourishing; that you will lose fat from your body, reverse your insulin resistance,  and feel better. All they have to do is look at me…me the guy they knew in the past at 235 lbs who is now at 180.

For some reason the disconnect between what is right in front of their faces and what they WANT to believe is insurmountable.

Instead of getting on my soapbox, I have now gone the other way…If asked about my transformation, I just reply that I did it with “diet and exersise”. This gets a nod and a smile followed by a “congratulations” and a pat on the back.

As They say, “You can lead a horse to water…”

7 thoughts on “I Wish I Had a Megaphone So I Could scream it to the World

  • January 3, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    i feel your pain. i haven’t quite gotten to the point yet where i have stopped trying to spread the good word. but it is frustrating.

  • January 3, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Terrific job Brock.

    Many people don’t want to believe the carb/sugar thing, and many don’t want to hear about your success/hard work because it means they no longer have an excuse.
    Unfortunately these types of people will not celebrate your success with you – they will poo-poo the science, or use some other means of justification of why it won’t work for them – then they don’t have to try.

    You can only focus on the positive, and turn a deaf ear to the naysayers. Sad to say, but you don’t need the negative people in your life.

  • January 3, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    I just started the Paleo diet (this is the beginning of my second week) and am surprised at how easy it actually is. Do I miss grains/bread/dairy? Sometimes…but not as much now as in the first few days. I’m starting to feel a little better than before. I seem to be happier…not sure if it’s the diet or just the fact that I’m making positive changes.

    As for the naysayers, I’ve been slowly introducing the paleo diet to my Father. He made the comment that it doesn’t seem to be just calories in, calories out but what you eat. That was my in to begin talking about grains. I figure if I plant the seed maybe he’ll reap the benefits once he starts seeing the upcoming (can’t wait!) changes in me! For the rest, I would just say “Diet and Exercise” too, then if they asked what kind of diet…lay it on them!

  • January 3, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Noooo! Still tell them how you did it. I realize you’re probably kidding when you nod and say ‘diet and exercise’. For all those people who don’t want to hear it, you might help one person who’s searching for the right path.

    I wish someone had told me sooner! Anyway, great success story. Congrats!


  • January 3, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Yes…I just say “I stopped eating grains and sugar” then follow up the rest of the comments (that I no longer listen to..lol) with “ah”, “oh”, “mmm hmm”, “I see”. They’re likely saying things like “What? How could you? What’s wrong with you?” When I’m out of monosyllabic answers, I change the subjects and talk about something else. 🙂

  • March 25, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Put it on a t-shirt.
    People read t-shirts.
    No pressure.
    Just facts.
    Easy to remember statements and websites are helpful.

    Other ideas: bumper stickers, post-it notes on mirrors in public bathrooms, write it on sidewalks via chalk.

    Tada! 😀

  • May 12, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I’m pretty new to the Paleo diet, still making adjustments. I can understand why people resist the message. I’ve been resisting it for a very long time. Why? Because I get so much damned pleasure out of eating carbs and sugar. Facing a life without sweets depresses the hell out of me (though I know I can eat them once in a blue moon if need be). I love veggies and meat, but such meals have never given me the sort of pleasure that a good risotto or a home-baked cinnamon bun can. Turning eating from something that was often immensely pleasurable, to something that is more utilitarian is an idea that depresses me every time I think about it. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great paleo recipes out there. But I’ve never been a “savory” person, always a “sweets” person. This diet is really going to change eating for me in a big way.

    So I understand why people don’t want to hear it. I, at least, have gotten to the point where I just can’t ignore the evidence anymore and feel the need to do something. But I confess, I’m not exactly thrilled about it.


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