It is not your fault

I met Anthony at the doctor’s office for the initial visit.  We discussed what brought me to here, and as I spoke of the struggles I have had with my weight, I was overcome with tears.  We discussed the training I’ve done: long distance cycling, boot camps, personal trainers, cross fit…

He leaned in to say, “It is not your fault.  We do not know what is happening.  There is an epidemic of obesity, and we are at a loss.”  In that moment, I was relieved to know that I would not be told to eat less and move more.  That there was something worth investigating.

This visit got the ball rolling on getting the necessary tests done.

I had the following tests done:

Test Result Normal Range
Glucose Fasting 4.3 3.3-5.5 mmol/L
TSH 1.3 .27-4.2 mU/L
T4 Free 16.8 10.5-20.0 pmol/L
T3 Free 5.1 3.5-6.5 pmol/L
C Reactive Protein 4 < 5.0 mg/L
25-Hydroxyvitamin D 69 75-150 nmol/L
Ferritin 18 15-180 ug/L

I await a follow up.

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For the love of Bike

I heard about the Whistler Granfondo in January 2010 from a customer.  It sounded like fun: riding 120km up a mountain to Whistler.  At the time a had ridden a maximum of 40km on a commuter bike and I thought, “how hard could 3 times that be?”  I signed up, trained for a few months on a commuter bike, and then bought my first road bike and trained some more.

It took me 7 hours 10 min to complete in September 2010… I cried when I crossed the finish line 🙂 I knew this was something I would continue to do!

I love my bike!  I named her “Hawthorn”.

How it begins (the long story)

And it Begins!

Today was my first official visit with Anthony. We met at the Tao Restaurant in North Vancouver over a great warm cup of coconut milk chai. I have known Anthony for many years, watching him guide clients to better health. I knew that the day would come when I would call on him… I knew that when that day would come, I would be ready for whatever he told me to do. We discussed many health things, family history and my health history, then we got down to why am I here.

I have important years ahead of me… my bone density is at the best it will ever be, fertility is slowing down, the 40’s will bring on the next chapter of life changes… and I want to be prepared. I know that something is not working as it should… I can feel it. Despite being an active person, I know that being overweight comes with its own list of health concerns: Diabetes, Cardiovascular, Cancer, Depression, Infertility to name a few.

This is my story of asking for help. After years of going it alone, I have a team of support to guide me through the Medical Health system, the Natural health system, a Triathlete Coach, and a community of friends and family.

For this I thank you!