Here’s the skinny (and not-so-skinny):
Not so long ago, I was severely addicted to sugar; I used it as medication to help curb anxiety and depressive episodes. I used it for entertainment and for fulfillment. I was constantly craving something sweet to eat and resulting in more anxiety, depression, illness and weight gain. I truly didn’t know how to get a hold of the situation and often got trapped in a vicious cycle of starving myself followed by binge eating.
In 2010, my friend Katie introduced me to Shakeology and suggested that I detox from sugar. That’s when I realized that I had a bonafide sugar addiction. I started researching sugar addiction and realized that many of my health issues (including complications to PCOS) were likely being caused by my addiction. I credit Shakeology with helping me detox from sugar. In 2012, I completely cleaned up my diet and began practicing a whole foods, clean eating diet – free of refined carbohydrates and processed foods. In 2014, I began PiYo by Team Beach Body and adopted a vegetarian lifestyle. Honestly, it’s been a long trip, but I’ve never felt better, learned so much and I want to help others achieve the same freedom from food that I have now.
My highest pregnancy weight was 225 (July 2012). After losing some weight following delivery, I settled at 198. My clean eating weight loss journey started there and I was able to lose 49lbs through clean eating!
I think these photos may help you and they help me, too. Seeing where I started is continued motivation not to go back there. My dramatic weight loss took a lot of effort and I want to be diligent to keep the weight off from now on. As far as helping you, I think I’ve seen just about every before/after picture there is on the internet. I wanted to see that my end-goal was possible. I wanted to see that other women, like me, could do this – that they could lose 50, 60, 70 or even 100 pounds without some extreme and costly or complicated weight loss effort. So, that’s why this page exists. I hope it helps you.
PS. I’m 5″3 (some people like to know what a particular weight looks like at a particular height).