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Throughout my entire life I have been overweight and tried so many different ways to lose weight. I had tried Weight Watchers, low fat, low carb, Medifast, Diet Center, cutting out sugar, etc and nothing seemed to work. With every new "diet" I was miserable. I was always hungry, always in pain, and always struggled to lose weight and keep it off. I struggled with cravings, emotional eating, and bingeing. Life was becoming dreary. In 2016 I got to the point where it was uncomfortable to walk, to put on my shoes, and to sit in my car. I was terrified about travelling back home to see family because I would have to sit in an airplane seat. I cried a lot because of the pain I was in and I couldn't see an end in sight. I was worried about what my future would look like. Would I develop diabetes? High blood pressure? Would I become house bound?

On December 26, 2016 I decided I had had enough. A few months before that date I had begun to read about the ketogenic lifestyle. On that day I decided to start keto (despite having dozens upon dozens of cookies from Christmas in the house). I cut out all pastas, breads, potatoes, rice, fruit, sweets and high carb veggies. I drank a ton more water and started taking vitamins.

I had finally developed the mind set that I needed in order to change my life. I realized it was my job to fix my health problems. It was my job to create the type of life that I wanted.

Since starting this new lifestyle (and starting keto) I have much less pain in my body. My mood has changed drastically from depressed and pessimistic to optimistic and happy. I enjoy getting up in the morning and starting the day. I have become more assertive and strong minded and I try my best to help others. I have way less swelling in my body and it doesn't hurt to move anymore. I have much more energy now and overall life has become a lot better. Each day now I see more and more non scale victories (as well as scale victories!)

When I look to the future I can see an end to my weight loss. I can see reaching my goal now, when before I never could. I can see the "healthy me" standing at the end. I can see continuing keto for life because of all the positive changes it has given me.

Before I started my goal was to "shop in a normal store and wear normal clothes." Now, my goal is to "become healthy and happy." And I am well on my way!


Member Since: 10/1/2011

Fitness Minutes: 11,835

My Goals:
Get healthy
Start running (yikes!)
Develop my own keto recipes (including desserts)
Be able to shop in a non plus size store
Feel better physically
Be in ONEderland
Have more stamina
DONE: Not feeling uncomfortable sitting in small seats
DONE: Reduce swelling in my body
DONE: Lessen my knee pain


My Program:
I am practicing a ketogenic lifestyle. I eat 20 net carbs a day maximum. I also try to have one veggie per meal (even breakfast if I eat it). I have cut out as much sugar as I can.

I am now also keeping track of my macros and calories after I hit a plateau. I am limiting dairy as I have PCOS and I know dairy can sometimes cause problems with individuals with PCOS (I believe it caused my plateau.)

I am beginning a workout routine. I am hoping to do something like kettlebells or hand weights as well as cardio like Walk Away the Pounds for a while until I can work up to something more higher impact. I also throw in a little yoga sometimes.



Personal Information:
My name is Sandy and I currently live in central east Michigan. I currently work in a high school teaching (and mentoring) students. I enjoy reading, baking and cooking, gardening, making wreaths, drawing, creating recipes, creating beauty products like sugar scrubs and lotions and I am currently trying to get into making other beauty products as well as wax melts and candles. I live with my boyfriend of 5 years and our two cats, Shiloh and Squeak.


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  • v MEAGOP
    I am thinking of you, Dragon friend. I hope things look brighter very soon. Change is very difficult, and, as teachers, we really put our hearts into our students. Students and schools are not interchangeable, so it's really tough to make a change--especially when it isn't something we even wanted.

    Megan

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    5 days ago
  • v KURTZIE1998
    Just stopping by to say hello hope wish you a wonderful day, and week. emoticon

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    Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself.
    6 days ago
  • v OKBACK2MEAGAIN
    emoticon Week 5 is done and we are half way and heading to the finish line! emoticon Let’s cross off the TIC TAC TOE squares! You are important to the team! Let’s show them how this team rocks and work towards getting in the top three. Heck why stop at that let’s go for the gold! We can do this. emoticon Now as much as paper work can be a pain in the. . . ooops can't say it, please have your stats in by 11:59 pm your time today! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    12 days ago
  • v MAGICAL13
    emoticon Are you are ready to say good bye to Week 5 and to burn emoticon emoticon through Week 6 emoticon Dragons emoticon weigh in tomorrow, hope you have a emoticon one, if not don't fear just set your mighty flame onto the next week and try again emoticon . You will get there, just never ever give up emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    13 days ago
  • v OKBACK2MEAGAIN
    With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's emoticon ability, one can build a better world. ~ Dalai Lama
    emoticon We are half way through the Falling into Fitness Challenge!
    Let’s Finish Strong! emoticon
    13 days ago
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