Patience is also a form of action.

Auguste Rodin

234 days, what does that equate to 7 months and 20 days. For 234 days I have been on a journey of self discovery and better health, and my journey is far from over. In May of 2018 I found myself spending more and more time in my bedroom, and less and less time living. I was on numerous prescription medications and weighed the most I have ever weighed. Let me tell you 266 pounds on a 5’4″ frame is not very healthy or flattering.  To put it the best way I can remember was my everything hurt and my health was declining and not improving. I was so sick of fad diets and losing 10 and then gaining back 20 so I turned to my new health care provider for options. In all honesty I was just hoping for a pill or some quick fix, but now I’m glad that was not her solution. Here first solution was to introduce me to the Flexitarian diet. A diet based on eating more vegetables and minimal meat. When I started the plan it was working great but after 15 pounds disappeared so did any signs of additional weight loss. So she then recommended I look toward fasting. So I ordered a copy of “The Complete Guide to Fasting” by Jason Fung, MD and Jimmy Moore. Enter life changing moment! This book changed how I was looking at everything related to food and also introduced me to my beginning research into the keto lifestyle. 

So did I just jump in with both feet and succeed….ummm NO! It took weeks of research and trial and error to see what was going to work for me. I was fortunate that my husband jumped in with me and stood by my side. Without his support I am 110% sure I would have given up after the first week and went back to my sweets and junk. In addition to my husband I found numerous support groups to talk to, and most importantly I had my doctor monitoring me and supporting my choices. So after a few weeks of a whole lot of research I jumped in and began my journey. If detoxing your body is anything like detoxing from sugar, then I will never become a drug user. I went through 7-10 days of pure hell! I had chills, nausea, migraines that wouldn’t stop. I couldn’t sleep, I was irritable and I pretty much hated everything and everyone! After those 7-10 days though I woke up like I came out of a deep fog, and for the first time in months I had energy. I actually felt like a different person on the inside. That feeling continued and that journey is still marching on.

So where am I at in this journey? I am now 203 pounds, that is 63 pounds lighter than when I started, and the pounds keep dropping off. I can now do a brisk walk for 30 minutes and feel good about it. I have less knee and joint pain. I have eliminated all but one of my prescription medications, and I’m currently being slowly taken off of it. I don’t feel like I am hungry all the time, I don’t have cravings, and I find myself smiling more and enjoying life more in general. Do I think this is the solution for everyone, absolutely not! You have to find what works for you. The point of this is not to make your change your lifestyle and what you want in your life, but my hope is to inspire you that can do anything you put your mind to as long as you have patience and stay focused.  This is my journey in a nutshell, at least a little piece of it. Stay tuned for more details and moments….

It's a journey not a dead end.
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