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Hello! I would like to take a moment to introduce myself. I am 45 years old and I have struggled with my weight my whole life. I started out as a chubby baby moving into a pudgy child then on to a chunky teenager and finally landing at a morbidly obese adult. In April of 2014 (first pic), I was at my heaviest weight - 264 pounds, size 22 and 5’3”. I had been diagnosed with prediabetes and went into denial. I refused to take medicine, because I didn’t want to be diabetic...like I thought that would make it go away. 6 months later the dr informed me I had full blown type 2 diabetes and needed to take the meds. Again, I refused. At this point I realized this wasn’t going away and I needed to do something. In December of 2014 I started my journey.
Background: I worked out and ate “healthy” for the majority of my life...no food addictions, or what the standards consider an unhealthy diet, but I could never seem to shed any of the pounds. I sought medical advice numerous times resulting in my feeling more like a failure, because I was doing what they told me without result. I tried all the gimmick diets out there and in 2002 I stumbled on the Atkins diet. This was the first time I saw results! I went from 205 down to 189 with ease. Then, I went out of the induction phase and that stopped...and I started gaining again. Okay I have failed again! For the next 12 years I went up and down in weight by doing what my doctor instructed...restrict calories and reduce fat. Believing the old adage fat makes you fat and calories in/calories out. I was alway hungry and angry and never saw any results. In 2008, I started dating my husband and got comfortable. He didn’t care what my weight was; he loved me no matter what, so I decided to give up trying to be something that I just couldn’t seem to be. I ate whatever I wanted and stopped worrying if it was “healthy” or not. The two of us rapidly ballooned. I loaded on 40-45 pounds with lightening speed and ended with an additional 20 more over the next 6 years. We were both miserable! I was very inactive, because I was in constant discomfort and pain.
In December 2014, I met up with co-workers for a holiday get together and I thought I looked pretty good. I tried to avoid pictures just like always, because I hated my pictures taken. There were a few that I was in and I have to be honest, I was horrified! That was the turning point for me to make a change and started my weight loss journey. My health issues were a huge driving force, but let's face it when I realized I was that fat I did not like it.
I started a low carb diet, as instructed by a physician, and worked out 6 days a week, but there was little to no structure in the diet and I felt a bit perplexed. He instructed me to eat 60-90 grams of protein and low carb. I lost weight, but felt I needed more structure. I started searching the internet and stumbled on Ketogenic. I started eating Keto on May 16, 2016 at 176 pounds & size 18. Today, I weigh in at 155-159 and size 9/10.
I feel like I have been able to hit the reset button. I have a great passion about health today and I am eager to tell everyone about it. I would love to help everyone find their healthy path in life!