Everyone has a starting point. Everyone gets to a point where they have given up but, see a glimmer of a chance to seize the moment and try one last time.
I had given up but, something pushed me to try one more time for a better way of living. This is my story thus far…
My weight has always been a struggle, even when I was at a normal weight I never felt thin enough. I have a long history of crash diets, diet pills and beyond.
My first prenatal appointment, I weighed 128 pounds. Pregnancy gave me the freedom to ditch the diets but, I packed on the pounds at an alarming rate. The day my daughter was born, twenty years ago, I tipped the scale at 270 pounds! I am 5’3″ so that had my 17 year old self in a size 24W.
Since then, I have struggled tremendously with my weight and sticking to any sort of “diet”. Fast forward three kids later, I found myself at around the 237 mark on average, give or take 20 pounds.
I have weighted over 200# since 2001. I could never break the cycle of diet/gain/give up.
After the passing of my grandma and a month later, a hysterectomy, I was up to 257 pounds and miserable.
Hormones played a role in initially stabilizing my weight and with in a year, I was down 20 pounds without any changes to my lifestyle.
Jan 2015, my friend, Amanda, tells me about Keto. My hardheaded self was instantly turned off to the entire thing. It took me a year to finally realize I had to do something.
My grandpa had always tried to push me towards weight loss and even made a deal that he’d pay for my tummy tuck after hitting my goal. Sadly, he passed and wasn’t able to see me finally stick to a way of life that is conducive to healthy eating, moving past the crash diets and being active again. I’m pretty sure they’d be proud.
Weight starting coming off. People started to notice. I started to notice. Hitting OnederLand (199 and below) was a day I never thought I’d see. I weighed less that the lie on my driver’s license. That just pushed me harder.
Keto is not a diet, it’s a way of life. A life I choose because I am able to live again, to go out without being so worried if people are looking at me because of my size.
I just married the most amazing man in March. I wanted to look beautiful on my wedding day and was able to have a wonderful wedding with friends and family and you know what, I felt beautiful. Missy totally rocked her bridesmaid dress too!
It’s summer, my favorite season and guess what… I wear shorts again!! I play with my dogs in the yard, I just did a 5k with my Keto partner in crime, Missy, I lift weights, I am loving myself for a change.
Here we are, June 2017. I am 37 years old. literally just stepped off the scale weighing 170.1 pounds. I am now a size 10/12. I do not have to shop in the plus size department for the first time in my adult life!
This isn’t a race, it’s a journey. There are bumps in the road. It’s not magic. It will work if you give it a chance. We are here for you and want you to succeed at weight loss, taking back your life and following your dreams.
❤️ Jai Simpson Gosling