I was an overweight child and teenager. I weighed 80 lbs. in kindergarten and 260 lbs. (with a size 54 waist) as an upperclassman in high school. Only by the providence of God did I have the opportunity to lose my weight.My parents futilely sent me to dietitians and weight loss coaches, but I simply wasn’t ready. Despite being ceaselessly ridiculed at school (my first name is Albert which unfortunately was the portly title character of the 80’s Bill Cosby cartoon) I subconsciously didn’t want to give up my binge eating. It was my solace. Food was there for me. It didn’t talk back to me or reject me.
I loathed shopping at Big and Tall stores, seeing the looks of people when my parents would introduce me to them, and contemplating a future where I would never have a first kiss, much less experience intimacy with a woman. To be honest, I was a cutter and even contemplated suicide. I cover all of these in my Confessions of an Obese Child blog and podcast.
My senior year, a new P.E. coach was hired at my school (back when high schools fostered that now-foreign concept of “physical education.”) His name was Willie Webster. Unlike previous coaches who either ignored me or were
repulsed by my morbid obesity, he took interest in me. He candidly, yet sympathetically, stated that I was going to have a heartache of a life and die young. He told me he would help me. His former words reinforced what I already knew, but to know someone was there for me gave me a bolt of confidence. He didn’t mince words, nor was he easy on me pushing me to exercise until I nearly vomited.
Slowly I lost a few pounds, and then a few more, and then a few more. Emboldened by this development, my parents purchased a gym membership for me and I began to StairMaster daily. With the weight loss and coach’s passionate involvement, I began to eat better. Now by no means was I eating anything close to a Paleo-aligned diet, but the days of 4 Big Macs, 2 fries, and 2 pints of ice cream for dinner were gone…at least for a while. By the end of my senior year, I had lost my weight! Now began the more difficult part of weight management. (That ordeal I will blog about at a future date.)
In the last quarter-of-a-century I have maintained my weight through proper nutrition and sensible exercise (among other things). During that time I have obtained multiple degrees and worked in both ER and Urgent Care settings. My love of imparting nutritional information, coupled with my interested in instilling the youth of today with sound wellness principles, impelled me to become a high school educator, teaching the medical and nutrition classes.
I know have a forum to dispense sound wellness principles and dispel the numerous nutritional obfuscations and outright lies by which we have all been inundated. Because of this deceit, this generation will be more unhealthy and obese and boast a shorter life expectancy than the previous one, the first time in nearly one hundred years. We must reach the children at their youth.
My weight maintenance has also been spurred through extensive research as to the root causes of obesity and to the environment factors that predispose us to retaining fat. As a Certified Primal Health and National Health Coach Association coach, I have access to cutting-edge research to help you shed weight and optimize your potential. Just as important, I can empathize with your struggle since I was there, something that 20-something trainers or even middle-age marathon runners can’t do. You will be hard-pressed to find anyone who has lost the amount of weight I have and maintained it for a quarter-of-a-century.
I partly created Naturopathic Earth to be your Coach Webster. I would like to be your mentor, counselor, and friend. Through my wellness articles and Confessions blog I hope to give all who have struggled with these problems a secure and non-judgmental sanctuary from which to share your stories as well as arm you with the tools to guide you on your path to optimal living. Let me be your health coach.
I am available for one-on-one (sit down or preferably walking), video, or phone consulting. If all your other dieting escapades have failed and you are at your wit’s end, give me a shot. If you implement and adhere to Naturopathic Earth‘s consulting principles you will get healthier. “Shock the body…move the body!”
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A. Gregory Luna (call me Gregory please)