My Story

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Hi, my name is Steven Waddell and this is my health and wellness blog. I went through a period of my life where I was extremely unhealthy.  I was a lean and healthy kid, but as soon as my growth spurt hit at 10 years old, I continued to pack on the pounds that took me over a decade to lose. My struggle with my weight over the course of those 10 years took me from a happy, energetic and gifted child to to a depressed and isolated video game addict. It wasn’t until a near death experience that I forced myself to focus on healing my body.

Weight loss didn’t come naturally for me. After a terrible high school experience (mostly due to being extremely obese) I was determined to make college a much better experience. I knew I had to lose the weight to achieve that, so I did what all the so called weight loss “experts” were saying. Working out and eating less would work for a short while. After a few weeks or months of this calorie deprivation, I would become depressed or it would be Christmas (or other times of celebration) and I would just become so hungry that I was unable concentrate. Then, my diet would go out the window. After working my heart out to lose 20-50lbs, I would be back up to the 300lb mark within a few weeks. It felt like I was hitting my head against a wall. I can remember looking in the mirror and thinking “I’m a smart person. Why can’t I figure this out?”  Then something happened that would change my life forever.

When I was 21, I  survived a fall onto the  New York subway and 2 minutes of laying on the third rail. I was electrocuted for several minutes on a 750 volt beam that allegedly kills people in a mere 20 seconds.  I was in the wrong place at the wrong time while drinking, and it almost cost me my life.  When I woke up in St. Vincent’s hospital, I was surrounded by doctors and nurses who could not believe I was alive.  “You are a miracle” they said.  People who read the articles written about my survival visited me in the hospital.  Before I could even fully understand or even believe what had happened to me, I was inundated with visitations from people searching for validation of this miracle.

The true miracle was not in my survival of the accident itself, but in the breakthrough that occurred in my understanding of the world beyond what we can only see, and an incredible burst of passion to change my life circumstances.  Instead of viewing the world as a depressing place full of people out to get me it now became full of opportunity.  That single psychological shift would eventually spring board me to my weight loss goals.

This blog is about my journey from that accident, not only my physical recovery from the accident, but my emotional and mental journey as well.  A weight loss of over 100 pounds, a complete overhaul of my isolated social life, a discovery of the holistic world, and the development of a career path that celebrates it all.

I hope that you find the stories interesting and inspiring.  I would love to hear your story.  Please feel free to send me your progress and I will continue to post success stories.

94 responses to “My Story

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  2. What a wonderful blog and story! It’s fantastic that you took your experience and are using it for good. I love that you post pictures of others’ weight loss successes on your FB page! I wish you great continued success in school and your health journey. Thank you for stopping by my blog.

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  4. Wow. What an amazing story. I am so happy for you that you were able to take what could have been tragedy and turn into something amazing and wonderful for yourself. I’ve had similar moments of looking in the mirror and thinking, “I’m smart. Why can’t I figure this out?” I get what you mean when you say the real miracle is that mental shift. My mental shift didn’t happen in one pinpoint “aha” moment. It’s been slowly but surely turning since about last March, and it’s still turning. I work daily on breaking old, flawed, thought loops. Anyhow, thanks for sharing your story. I’ll look forward to perusing your blog further 🙂

  5. Wow, what a story. Thank you for being so honest. I am struggling with weight in my own way and you are right. It just has to make sense. I am trying so hard to make sense of it right now. I look forward to following your stories and maybe even catch up on the past.

      • Just the mindset. I have 40 pounds to shed. I only recently realized I am also a closet eater. I am tired of cheating myself and lying. I want to be healthy and hike the grand canyon or half dome. I want to have these achievements. So much more. that is why I am writing my blog. To better understand myself.

      • Well two things: A lot of times binge eating is due to nutrient deficiencies. So, ask yourself what nutrients you may be getting from that food source. For example, binging on ice cream or cheese ussually means your body is screaming for a cholesterol source to rebuild sex hormones. Second, wheat is physiologically addicting. Part of the protein molecule in gluten crosses the blood brain barrier and stimulates pleasure receptors in the brain. Food should not do this.

  6. Thank you so much for sharing your story. You are truly an inspiration. I can’t wait to read the rest of your website. Thank you also for “liking” my post on how to prevent yourself from regaining weight after a major weight loss. Has that been an issue for you at all or have you been able to keep the weight off fairly effortlessly?

    – Kendall Hall

    • Thanks Kendall, it’s become pretty effortless for me at this point. The hardest part is finding meals on the go given I can not eat wheat products. Otherwise, I have no food cravings and want to eat only the right things to build up my health and vitality. I don’t need to portion control or exercise either. I think many food cravings are because of nutrient deficiencies (with the exception of Wheat, because its addicting).

  7. Thank you Steven, for liking my post.Well what do I say-Your wt loss inspired me to do much better for me on a day to day basis. and trust me you look no less than a Calvin Klein model post your transformation! 🙂 so Kudos to you on you huge achievement.

  8. Your story deeply touched my heart,I had several serious health issue in my past,but the desire to be healthy and full of energy changed my lifestyle.You have amazing blog here and I enjoy reading your inspired posts.I wish you all the best,Krystyna.

    • Thanks Krystyna,

      I’m glad you’re going to try the butter coffee tomorrow. Just make sure you use the MCT oil and not coconut oil. Coconut oil will ruin the flavor and won’t emulsify properly. Let me know how you like it. Also, if you like your coffee a little sweeter you can get some xylitol or stevia.

      Thanks some much for the kind words.

      • Hi Steven,
        I made this awesome coffee today at my lunch with MCT oil and I added a raw stevia.I also watched your youtube video how to properly make this coffee.This recipe was so delicious,now I know what coffee I am going to drink every day.I also know that MCT oil is a good for diabetics,it regulates a blood sugar levels.I have a question,what is the xylitol?
        Have a wonderful,sunny day,Krystyna

  9. Your story is very inspiring. How long have you maintained your weight loss? How is it different for you now?

    Thanks for the like!

    • Anytime!

      I’ve kept it off for about 7 years now. Two things are drastically different for me:

      The world is very exciting for me now and full opportunity!

      People treat me much, much differently. I remember, when I first lost the weight, for about a year I always felt like I was walking around with my fly unzipped, or huge stains all over my clothes. People would pay attention to me. I wasn’t used to this unless something was wrong.

      • That’s incredible. I can’t say that I feel like everyone is looking at me differently (I lost 50) but I would like to stop feeling like this is temporary.

        Do you think your world has more opportunity because of how you see the world or because of how it sees you? Both? You look amazing, by the way 🙂

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