I’ve had my share of weight loss regimes throughout my adulthood and it seemed as though once I hit my magic age of 25, the weight just piled on. I’ve done the yo-yo weight loss thing with several different diets and results had always been the same…I would drop a decent amount to start, but soon after my weight loss would stall, and I would gain all the weight back and then some.
I tried watching calories, cutting fat, eating low fat/fat free “healthy” foods and nothing worked. And on top of the weight gain, I had issues with arthritis, painful bone spurs, plantar fasciitis, and lower back pain. I just felt bad as well as plagued with the self-consciousness of being overweight.
Now that I have shared that depressing little tidbit of information, allow me to tell you what changed.
The date was June 1st, 2018. My husband and I were enjoying a lovely holiday in York, England to celebrate our wedding anniversary (Our anniversary is in April). It was absolutely beautiful and should have been the perfect romantic get-away…unfortunately my weight and health issues kept it from being so. I had difficulty walking and since we took the train from Scotland, we had to walk everywhere. My sweet husband was so understanding and made sure we had the opportunity to sit every so often. There were many things he had wanted to see and do, but he put those things aside in order to insure our holiday was easier for me. My husband shouldn’t have to feel the need to put his wants aside because of his overweight wife. To this day I still feel the guilt of him missing out because I couldn’t keep up.
But I’m getting off track. The evening of June 1st, I was looking at the pictures my husband took of me during our outing in York that day and my heart just sank. I was seriously overweight, and I could see the stress and sadness because of it in my eyes. I looked like a woman who was smiling and trying to enjoy herself but falling painfully short.
It was right then and there as I stared at the picture of my bloated face, I decided enough was enough and I needed a change. I did a bit of research and came across the Keto way of eating. Because the other “diets” I tried in the past just didn’t work, I made my mind up to completely change my eating lifestyle. So, the morning of June the 3rd 2018, my Keto journey began.
However, I had no idea what I was doing! I knew from my research that I needed to cut my carbs and raise my fats, but what about healthy carbs? Was I to cut those as well? What about the supposed danger of eating fats? What kinds of fats? I had so many questions, but I fumbled through the best I could.
Fast forward a couple weeks. I came across a group on Facebook… Getting Ketolicious With Jey (The group is still on Facebook however the name has changed). I was so excited! Finally! Real people who were in the same situation as myself! Just normal, everyday people who wanted to be healthy!
It was in this group I found Jodi Nishida. I felt beyond excited because here was someone who seemed to have the knowledge and patience to answer my many questions; the someone I had needed from the very beginning.
Through Jodi’s enthusiasm, encouragement, and knowledge by way of her graphics and live videos on Facebook, I was finally able to learn what to eat and what to avoid in order to maintain my healthy lifestyle, how to achieve my goals, and found I gained back not only my confidence but my self appreciation as well. Jodi reminded me instead of beating myself down because of my past failures I should lift myself up through my success. She has changed my life!
As I stated earlier, my journey with Keto officially started June 3rd, 2018. I weighed over 292 pounds, squeezed into a size 20/XXL and constantly suffered with pain and inflammation. I’m happy to say as of October 10th 2018, only 4 months later, I weigh 258 pounds, I’m a size 16/XL, pain free, and my inflammation is gone!! I feel amazing!!
I don’t know how to thank you enough Jodi. You’ve helped me find happiness in myself again!