I remember that guy on the left. He was fat, depressed, had fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, insomnia, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, arthritis, low testosterone, low vitamin D, was prediabetic, wore custom orthotics from having severe plantar fasciitis, and taking a ton of prescription medications; one of which was a pain medication that he eventually became addicted to. He had struggled with his weight his entire life. He was a chubby kid growing up in Small-Town, Middle America.

He finally grew into that chubby body when he got to high school. He enjoyed playing sports, lifting weights, and being outdoors. He graduated high school and headed off to community college, where he dropped out two weeks before the first semester was finished. He started working and moved out of home closer to the “Big” city at least to him anyway. His weight started to creep up every year as he went to work every day consuming whatever food, becoming less active, drinking like a fish out of water, and experimenting with drugs, In short, just being a single guy in his 20s.

Then he meets his wife and settles into his 30s and starts married life with two kids and a dog. Life continues as he gets heavier and heavier and losing the joy for life in general. Not because of his family, but because of all the medications, piss poor diet, lack of sleep, and lack of movement. He’d go to the gym to lift weights because he thought I’m just a big guy, I’ll be a body builder, so he’d eat chicken breast, brown rice, and broccoli, everyday 3 to 4 times a day plus snacks, he’d have an alarm set to go off every two hours to remind him to go eat. Not that he needed reminding because he was hungry all the time, but to keep him from eating too soon. Yet he would struggle to lose 15 pounds in three months and add 20 or 30 back on. At the end of 2015 he was close to 270 pounds.

            Well believe it or not, that guy on the left was me, and as of April 2020, I’m 180 pounds, take no medications, feel fantastic, no medical issues,  have climbed or hiked 10 14,000 foot peaks in Colorado in 6 days for my 40th birthday (Really that’s not impressive when you see what a Ultra Runner does), survived a marathon (7 hours 6 minutes) I know blazing fast (Lmao) in April 2018, survived a 50K in October 2018 at a blistering pace of 8 hours and 32 minutes, currently training for a 50 mile mountain race in Colorado in August 2020, and in hopes of running the Grand Slam of 200 mile races, several 100 mile races across the globe, and hunting, hiking all over the world before I die at the age of 100 and something.

I hope that my story can be a beacon of hope for those of you struggling with your own health and want to change it all around. I am here to tell you it is easier than you think. However, you must be willing to shift your approach to what you believe to be true. We have been brainwashed with what conventional wisdom tells us about health and fitness, and well, I am here to tell you they are full of shit! All you need to do is ask yourself one question, Do I feel fantastic and free of any health concerns? If you do not or are curious about how you can take control of your own health and wellness contact me at derek@shiftedapproach.com

Now that you know that guy, let me tell you about the journey to this guy. It sure as HELL did not happen overnight. Due to unforeseen circumstances at the beginning of 2016 I was thrust back into working the night shift in order to keep my job. I knew from years earlier of working the night shift that I would have to shift my approach in order not to feel like shit every day.

I made sure that my sleeping schedule was priority number one. I was eating “Healthy” according to the Standard American Diet eating a couple cups of brown rice, a salad, and chicken breast. I was losing some weight but still felt like crap 95% of the time. In late May 2016 I came across a article about a book called The Real Meal Revolution by professor Timothy Noakes that stated eating fat and protein and limiting carbohydrates would help lose weight and turn your health around.

I thought to myself that there is no way this works. It’s just another fad diet. So I dug into this Banting eating idea and learned about a ketogenic diet from the internet. I jumped in with both feet. After the first three days of a ketogenic diet I was laughing to my wife that I couldn’t believe how great I felt. With in the first three months I had lost 40 pounds and was feeling fantastic. I could not believe it! I wasn’t hungry, the weight was just falling off, and my medical issues were all starting to reverse or had already disappeared. I was hooked.

          It had been such a long time since I felt good, that for the first time in years I decided to take a hiking trip to Rock Mountain National Park in early October of 2016. I stuck with the keto diet during my trip and was amazed at how well I performed and felt. To this point I had not done any exercising of any type for years. Before I was ready to head home from my little trip, I was already planning an EPIC trip for my 40th Birthday the following year. I came up with the idea to climb/hike twenty 14’000-foot peaks in the Colorado mountains in 12 days.

I devised a training plan and stuck with a ketogenic diet. By the time my 40th came around the following year I had lost 80 pounds, was feeling fantastic and was ready to tackle My 14er Madness.  The weather provided me with six good days to get out and I managed to get ten 14ers in those six days, plus other hiking on the not so great days. While I was out there, I came across this absolutely absurd idea called The Leadville 100. It is a 100 Mile race in the mountains of Colorado, and you have 30 hours to do it in and PEOPLE FINISH THIS. I thought with my new nutrition and develop a running plan, I could do 100 miles in the mountains. I have never done any kind of distance running and the last time I ran was high school and I hated that.

So, I figured I would be methodical about my approach and train for a marathon first. I survived that in April 2018. Decided a 50 Kilometer race should be next. I survived that in October 2018. Was training for a 50 Mile race to take place in October of 2019 but ended up using my vacation time that year to take my dad to the mountains to experience them. Now I am training for a 50 Mile mountain race in August 2020.

I no longer take any medications, no medical concerns, and all most every single issue I had went away. Yes, you read that correctly THEY WENT AWAY! And all that I did was just shift how I approached what I thought I knew about health and fitness. No gimmicks, No B.S., No supplements, just real whole food. Low Carb High Fat, Paleo/Primal/Ancestral, Ketogenic, and Carnivore nutrition approach really opened my eyes to health, wellness, and fitness. If you would like to learn more, contact me at derek@shiftedapproach.com.

What People Say

“Think of the life you have lived until now as over and, as a dead man, see what’s left as a bonus and live it according to Nature. Love the hand that fate deals you and play it as your own, for what could be more fitting?” – Marcus Aurelius

“You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think.” – Marcus Aurelius

“He who fears death will never do anything worth of a man who is alive.” – Seneca

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