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rissimo
02-07-2012, 12:26 PM
I thought maybe we could share our stories....

I wasn't always a big girl. I was quite thin until my twenties when I found out that I had cervical cancer. My husband is a musician and while we were traveling I would get enough food at the gas stop to last me to the next stop and then the cycle began....the weight started to come. Of corse I didn't try to do anything about it. I figured my husband said that he loved me no matter what and that was it....wrong...... The weight kept coming and my husband did not like it at all. I tried PhenPhen, it worked, I lost almost all of the weight that I gained and then I stopped taking it, slowly the weight crept back. Instead of trying to take care of it then, I once again let it go. Then I tried weight watchers, was not the plan for me. I then went to LA and did thier plan with much success, I lost 50 pounds. Then I began to have issues at work and stopped the plan and once again the weight came back and then some. Hubby still not happy about it. He was concerned about my health. He sees the troubles and struggles my mother has and he did not want me to be like that. Finally I found this site, I lurked and read for months, I researched and researched until I couldn't find anymore. I was miserable, I did not want to go anywhere, I was happy and content just sitting at home. I didn't like to go out with my husband anywhere because I didn't feel good enough to go out, I was so ashamed of myself for letting me get this way. I have wasted so many years of my marriage on hiding and I have finally had enough!!!!! So in November I decided that I would give this a try. I finally was in the right mindset to do this and I will succeed in it. I have learned to control my hunger, I have learned what is the right things to eat and what is not. I have learned that I control Food, Food does not control me, I control it. I know that from now on it will be a long journey and I will have to make sure that I control the food to keep myself from gaining and to stay healthy. Since starting this plan, I have had no problem with my acid reflux, with my IBS and with migraines (which I got 2-3 times a week every week all of my life.) I have more energy, I like getting out now. I now know and understand that I am totally worth it! And no one nor not one pound is going to take this feeling away!


sarahmayhem
02-07-2012, 03:14 PM
Thanks for sharing...I'm pretty sure everyone can relate to the cycle of losing weight/gaining it all back - I know I can!

I, too, did LA Weightloss with great success...I lost 36lbs and felt wonderful. But sadly, when I stopped the program, the weight came back.

After lurking on here, I decided to end this battle once and for all - I DON'T plan on gaining the weight back this time!

Chix
02-08-2012, 01:01 PM
My name is Nicki and I'm only 30 years old but I've been on many diets and have been "dieting" and self aware of my weight since I was 7 years old. Sounds crazy but believe me, it's true! In October of 2008 I reached an all time high of 263lbs and I was a size 18. I am 5'8 and have an athletic build so I have always been able to "carry it well" but I've never been happy in my own skin and certainly wasn't happy at 263lbs. In November 2008 I started taking Phentermine and exercising religiously. By January 2010, I was down to 168lbs and in a size 6womens/8juniors. I was only 8lbs away from my goal (160lbs) when between August 2010-January 2011, I crept back up to 194lbs. This time last year, I went on the Dukan Diet and lost 17lbs which put me down to 177lbs. After never finishing Dukan properly, I held fast at 177lbs but ended up starting IP on January 29th 2012, at 186lbs. I know that if I would have continued on Dukan, I would have lost the weight. I know that my body responds well to low carb/low fat diets, however, the idea of all of that animal protein and fat free dairy totally makes my stomach turn thinking about it. That's why I am so grateful and RELIEVED to have found Ideal Protein Diet. I am so excited to finally complete my weight loss journey that began in November 2008. Thank you for listening and good luck to you all. I'm excited to get going and to be able to participate more so on this forum!


chshedtchr
02-08-2012, 01:45 PM
I am 56 years old and have never thought of myself as fat. Overweight yes, but you know the stories.. You should love yourself as you are! I have rollercoasted for too many years. I took off 50 lbs about 6 years ago, but that came back. I've done just about every diet out there.. Ally, Atkins, South Beach, HCG Hoodia, Acai, Lichi Fruit, and I've lost weight on all of them. BUT I always gain it back. I did some research about 6 wweks ago and IP was the ONLY diet that the "critics" did not slam. They only said... if it teaches you how to eat healthy and stay healthy then it is a good diet. So now I'm into week 4 - I found this fantastic website- and for the first time I feel like I have some real support while doing this. I haven't gotten discouraged like I usually do after 2 or 3 weeks. I know I can do this and I know I can keep the weight off because I have gotten so much advice (just from lurking!) Thanks to all of you for your support!

Just a quick question - do proti-thin foods work the same as the IP foods? They sure are cheaper!

heliosmommy
02-08-2012, 02:58 PM
I'm 38 years old and have not always been overweight. I really didn't have a problem until pregnancy with my first child. I gained about 80 lbs and have had trouble with losing and maintaining every since. I have tried just about every diet that exists I think...low cal, Atkins, PhenPhen, WW, the Cabbage Diet, the Lazy Ladies Easy Diet (basically Atkins), the Bread Lovers Diet, and many others with only fleeting success. I have a strong family history of obesity but an even stronger determination that my story will ultimately be different. I'm so grateful for this site and for IP!

GemIAm
02-08-2012, 04:23 PM
I started IP on January 14th after "outgrowing" my size 20 pants over the holidays. At 278 lbs, I was the heaviest I had ever been.

I am so excited to by in the homestretch of week 4, having lost 15 lbs my first 3 weeks...and so excited to have found this community for support during my journey...and beyond weight loss to MAINTENANCE...the part that I need to learn the most about!



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mtnsun4
02-08-2012, 05:05 PM
Thanks for sharing your stories everyone!

I was always a very thin child, and slender and athletic teen until I hit about 20 years old. That year, my father passed away. My weight went from 130 at 5'8" to 160. Then, after my father passed, I was in a very horrible marriage and my weight continued to creep up. In my later 20's, I went through a divorce and was up to 220 lbs. After my divorce, I tried many diets....Weight Watchers, LA Weight Loss, etc. Lost a few lbs then went through another bad relationship....only to come out of it with 230 lbs. I tried Medifast and HCG injections and did well on both but gained the weight back. I met my wonderful husband and we had a beautiful son. I am very happy in my life, just not happy with my appearance and being unhealthy. Now, I am at my all time high of 266 (starting IP) and now I am down to 246. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. I am pissed at myself for getting to this point but am dedicated to IP and looking forward to the me that has been hidden for so many years under a bunch of fat. :)

rissimo
02-09-2012, 10:08 AM
Thank you for shraing your stories. We all are in the same boat. We all are "sick and tired of being sick and tired" all the time, as well as being sick and tired of being over weight. WE CAN DO THIS and WE WILL DO THIS and succeed in it. WE ARE SO WORTH IT!!! It's about time that we do something for ourselves.

maddie2
02-09-2012, 11:07 AM
I was always the chubby little sister of my super skinny older sister. Even after 2 babies she's smaller than I ever was at my smallest. From middle school to high school I lost about 30 lbs and was 125, I was so confident and everyone complimented me on how great I looked. Through high school I would gain weight but exercised and lost it. I entered college at 125, looked great, exercised regularly and then of course got the freshman 15. That led to the Sophomore 30 and I was about 160 when I joined my sorority And exercised and ate healthy and was 140 and I looked good. Then I got a boyfriend. -____- I was about 165 when I started the low Cal diet with the b12 injections and appetite suppressants. And it worked but as a college student it was too expensive so when I stopped I gained the weight and then some.
I found IP thanks to a living social deal on 1/5/12 after being my heaviest on NYE, and am so grateful. I've lost 15 lbs my last weigh in last week and am so excited to lose more. That's a third of my goal. I've gotten my bffl on the diet and she's gotten more of her confidence back, and I found 3FC, tho I mostly lurk, I learn so much everyday!

I hope to be bikini ready by Spring Break, and probably would've quit if it wasn't for the motivating ladies here on 3FC!

Busymomx4
02-09-2012, 12:14 PM
I've always been heavy..in my early 20s i lost weight doing WW and made it to 130lbs, then in the same month that i made lifetime member, i became pregnant and it then became a free for all and gained all 85lbs i had lost. After that, i never really tried to lose weight...got pg with my 3rd child at 260lbs. Over time, my ex and I would do WW on and off and 5 years ago we separated and i continued on my own and made it to 197lbs which is when i met my dh. In the past 5 years...the weight crept back up, i tried to do WW again a few times but the weight would just not budge...even on my first weeks i would lose less than 2lbs.

In march 2010, i saw a dr. and was accepted for weight loss surgery...was on a waiting list to have it done through medicare (I'm actually still on that list as i haven't been called yet).

When i go to work, i pass by a gym there they have IP advertized, after about a year of passing by twice a day everyday, i thought that i would read up on it and then check it out. Told the girl i was waiting for weight loss surgery so this was my last resort/try diet.

And i am SOO thankful cause after almost 7 months, i've lost almost 100lbs and didn't need surgery.

Side note: I've been watching the new TLC show "my 600lbs life" and all i can think of is had I not started IP, one day that could've been me.

rissimo
02-09-2012, 12:40 PM
I've always been heavy..in my early 20s i lost weight doing WW and made it to 130lbs, then in the same month that i made lifetime member, i became pregnant and it then became a free for all and gained all 85lbs i had lost. After that, i never really tried to lose weight...got pg with my 3rd child at 260lbs. Over time, my ex and I would do WW on and off and 5 years ago we separated and i continued on my own and made it to 197lbs which is when i met my dh. In the past 5 years...the weight crept back up, i tried to do WW again a few times but the weight would just not budge...even on my first weeks i would lose less than 2lbs.

In march 2010, i saw a dr. and was accepted for weight loss surgery...was on a waiting list to have it done through medicare (I'm actually still on that list as i haven't been called yet).

When i go to work, i pass by a gym there they have IP advertized, after about a year of passing by twice a day everyday, i thought that i would read up on it and then check it out. Told the girl i was waiting for weight loss surgery so this was my last resort/try diet.

And i am SOO thankful cause after almost 7 months, i've lost almost 100lbs and didn't need surgery.

Side note: I've been watching the new TLC show "my 600lbs life" and all i can think of is had I not started IP, one day that could've been me.

You're doing awesome Busy. Thank you for sharing your story as well. Keep up the good work and being another big inspiration for everyone!

mtnsun4
02-09-2012, 11:07 PM
I've always been heavy..in my early 20s i lost weight doing WW and made it to 130lbs, then in the same month that i made lifetime member, i became pregnant and it then became a free for all and gained all 85lbs i had lost. After that, i never really tried to lose weight...got pg with my 3rd child at 260lbs. Over time, my ex and I would do WW on and off and 5 years ago we separated and i continued on my own and made it to 197lbs which is when i met my dh. In the past 5 years...the weight crept back up, i tried to do WW again a few times but the weight would just not budge...even on my first weeks i would lose less than 2lbs.

In march 2010, i saw a dr. and was accepted for weight loss surgery...was on a waiting list to have it done through medicare (I'm actually still on that list as i haven't been called yet).

When i go to work, i pass by a gym there they have IP advertized, after about a year of passing by twice a day everyday, i thought that i would read up on it and then check it out. Told the girl i was waiting for weight loss surgery so this was my last resort/try diet.

And i am SOO thankful cause after almost 7 months, i've lost almost 100lbs and didn't need surgery.

Side note: I've been watching the new TLC show "my 600lbs life" and all i can think of is had I not started IP, one day that could've been me.

Thank you for sharing your story! So inspirational!!

ATeam
02-10-2012, 04:28 PM
I'm a man and I'm 50, and I never understood why I was fat and always gradually gained weight and why. I never understood why I was so hungry all the time, why skinny people could eat and not gain weight, why calories in and calories out never worked for me no matter how much exercise I did. In other words why so many diets for me failed all the time. I never understood the chemistry that went on in my body, until that is when I watched Big Fat Fiasco from Tom Naughton, several documentary presentations from Sally Fallon from the Weston A. Price Foundation which you can see on youtube.

I'm 50, and now I understand, I understand why IP works and how it works and why IP is a perfect fit. I'm finally finding out that for 50 years I have been lied to, manipulated and misled by the Lipid Hypothesis group, by self preserving interest groups and by self serving opportunistic greed.

I'm 50 and I'm learning to start over with a new understanding on how food works, how calories work, how fats works, how carbohydrates work, how trans fats work, how saturated fats work, how protein works and how my body's chemistry works and why.

I'm 50 and I can tell you that for the rest of my living life, my food choices will be based on a low carb, low sugar diet. I'm 50 and in a matter of weeks I'm already off my high blood pressure pills, I can tell you that my knees are not hurting anymore and that I can walk and do elliptical much better, I can tell you that I no longer have cravings for high carb foods and sugar like I use to. I can tell you that my quality of life from now on will be much better, I can also tell you this, in my 5th week I'm well on my way to having lost 30 pounds because I now know.

Thank you for listening and that's my story.

chshedtchr
02-10-2012, 04:38 PM
Thanks for sharing these stories and for the support. I am soooo happy to be "doing" this diet with others! This is not something I would have done in the past. I was never fat or everweight - not even after my two children were born. It wasnt until I realized what was happening in my marriage (Not gonna go into all that) Anyways, I am now married to a wonderful supportive man who thinks what I am doing is great. So thanks to all of you for this help - I still find it hard to believe that I open up about this stuff, but there it is!

Mom3LoveBugs
02-10-2012, 07:20 PM
I'm a man and I'm 50, and I never understood why I was fat and always gradually gained weight and why. I never understood why I was so hungry all the time, why skinny people could eat and not gain weight, why calories in and calories out never worked for me no matter how much exercise I did. In other words why so many diets for me failed all the time. I never understood the chemistry that went on in my body, until that is when I watched Big Fat Fiasco from Tom Naughton, several documentary presentations from Sally Fallon from the Weston A. Price Foundation which you can see on youtube.

I'm 50, and now I understand, I understand why IP works and how it works and why IP is a perfect fit. I'm finally finding out that for 50 years I have been lied to, manipulated and misled by the Lipid Hypothesis group, by self preserving interest groups and by self serving opportunistic greed.

I'm 50 and I'm learning to start over with a new understanding on how food works, how calories work, how fats works, how carbohydrates work, how trans fats work, how saturated fats work, how protein works and how my body's chemistry works and why.

I'm 50 and I can tell you that for the rest of my living life, my food choices will be based on a low carb, low sugar diet. I'm 50 and in a matter of weeks I'm already off my high blood pressure pills, I can tell you that my knees are not hurting anymore and that I can walk and do elliptical much better, I can tell you that I no longer have cravings for high carb foods and sugar like I use to. I can tell you that my quality of life from now on will be much better, I can also tell you this, in my 5th week I'm well on my way to having lost 30 pounds because I now know.

Thank you for listening and that's my story.



how old are you again?! ;) just kidding.... great story!

ksparkleg1
02-15-2012, 07:44 PM
Just joined today and I'm gonna give the IP diet a shot!!! I have tried every single diet, pill, and potion out there! I had a baby in July and managed to lose my pregnancy weight (yay!) but still have a long way to go!!! I was 212 pre-pregnancy, and I'm 209 currently, hoping to get down to 150 eventually. Just joined curves, they are great there and very supportive. After reading all of your stories, I'm feeling pretty good about myself, and about this diet.....Thanks everybody!

Paint Lady
02-16-2012, 10:11 AM
I was thin for most of my life. When I was a kid, my mom had to spend over $40 for every pair of jeans she bought me (that was expensive in the '70's!) because only LuvIt super slim jeans would fit. Throughout highschool and college, I was thin and athletic. I played softball, was a cheerleader, was one of the popular girls, was very outgoing.

I had some complications with my first pregnancy and gained about 70 lbs. I lost most of it during the next year and stayed that same size for the next 3 years. My second child was born in 2005. It was a much easier pregnancy, I didn't gain as much weight and was losing weight for the next few months. Then I stalled and started a slow gain. I did the Alli diet for a little while and lost a few pounds, not enough though. Then the slow, steady gain. I joined a gym, did about 10 hours of cardio every week. After three months, I had gained 3 lbs.

My sister was having similar weight issues. We had joined the gym together with similar results. She was diagnosed with insulin resistance, was put on medication and was told to eat a high protein, low carb diet. After much research, I concluded that I had the same problem. I researched IP and decided I had to do it. Nothing else was working. I didn't want to become a diabetic. I avoided social situations because I felt too uncomfortable, too fat. People I went to school with didn't even recognize me anymore. I hated shopping for clothes, so I really had nothing to wear anywhere anyway.

My husband is a great man. He has been very supportive of IP and the changes that I have made to our family's way of eating. Although his weight was fine before, he is eating healthier and is more knowledgeable about nutrition now.

Since I am now at a better weight, I find that I am wanting to do things again. I want to go out to dinner, I want to attend social gatherings, I want to get out and see people. I enjoy shopping for size 8 jeans and medium tops.

Before IP, I avoided people in the grocery store, pretended like I didn't see them, just so I wouldn't have to talk to them. What a shame! It sounds cliche to say that a diet gave me my life back. Maybe that's too profound. It definitely has made a difference. My life was good before IP, I just had issues with me being overweight.

jenn2ndtimearound
02-16-2012, 11:00 AM
Im Jenn! I have always struggled with body image. Growing up I was the only girl surrounded by boys. And boys can be mean! I was constantly bullied by my cousins and brother because I was developing faster then them. My first "diet" I went on I was 14 and managed to keep my weight in check doing sports and eating right during high school. After I met my now husband and got pregnant the weight just came on. I ended up gaining 70lbs with my son. After 2 years of struggling with weight I joined IP and successfully lost 50lbs. Then got pregnant again and was very surprised to learn at my 20wk ultrasound that it was twins. I made it my mission not to have small NICU babies so gained that 50lbs I had lost. My girls were both almost 8lbs but after having them I didnt lose any weight. So I have joined IP again to lose this weight forever and gain control of this for myself and so I can set a good example to my kids about eating right. Im excited to wear normal pants and not maternity pants! lol My husband and I are planning on going on our honeymoon in nov and I want to feel comfortable on the beach and not all covered up in layers. So glad to have found this site! It is so motivating to see all the women who are losing the weight and supporting eachother!;)

lkander2
02-16-2012, 11:11 AM
I'm so glad there is so much support here at 3FC. I really enjoy reading everyone's stories!

Mine is pretty different, although it starts out the same as a lot of others. Growing up, I was always the perfect weight. I attribute that to the fact that from age 6 to 16 I was a hardcore competitive swimmer (you can NOT be overweight while that is going on haha). I think that basically set my metabolism to the level of awesome and I was able to eat whatever junk I wanted all through college and keep my figure- I was able to stay between 120-130 with no exercise at all. Oh, the days...!!! (although I didn't feel as good as I could have, which I didn't realize at the time.)
Fast-forward to age 21... I got pregnant. (Oops! That's another story. She was adopted by a wonderful family :) ) Well, I still ate junk all the time. Frozen corn dogs and chicken nuggets were my go-to staple. Of course with my crazy hormones and inactivity, I got up to 185 during my pregnancy. I just blamed it all on being pregnant. After I gave birth, I got down to 150 without much effort, but I was going out with friends and drinking and eating all that lovely junk food again! Amazingly, I stayed around 145/150 for 2 years, but I hated my body shape and longed to get back to where I was pre-pregnancy. Because I convinced myself that I could never give up all the foods I loved so much, I just resorted to thinking I had to just live with my new body and that was that.
I did about 2 weeks of south beach a few months before my wedding in spring '11. I got down to 140, but gained about 6 of those lbs back on my honeymoon lol. I was barely overweight, but I wasn't happy with that. I guess I am considered a "featherweight".
Fast-forward to Summer of '11. I got this job at a Chiropractor's office. I started on reception, but then was trained on Ideal Protein. I became the coach a few months later, and being surrounded by people losing weight (and being in an office with this IP food around me all day) inspired me to just DO it! In November, I started the diet and lost 15 lbs in a month, down to 131! Amazing.
Christmas time hit, and I did NOT stick with maintenance. I guess I thought I was some exception, that my old metabolism of the good ol' days just would magically re-appear. Eh, wrong!! I gained about 4 pounds back and felt kind of crappy from the reintroduction of junk into my diet when I decided to change my eating habits FOR GOOD.
Since the new year, I have been experimenting with my everyday diet, and it has evolved into 95% gluten-free. Since doing this I lost the weight I gained, plus a few more pounds, and I feel great. I only have wheat/grains if I am eating out or it is a special occasion. I am loving it. I was a person who thought I could NEVER be on a diet or eliminate certain things because I love food so much. Now it just seems natural to me to not eat wheat or grains. This evolution has changed my life and the way I look at my health and how much food affects my body. Luckily, my husband is a hippie at heart ;) and together we have decided to get rid of all processed flour and replace everything in our house with healthy options. The journey is just beginning, but I love my body again and feel better now than I have in a long time. I can't believe I almost gave up on myself.

rissimo
02-16-2012, 11:22 AM
Just joined today and I'm gonna give the IP diet a shot!!! I have tried every single diet, pill, and potion out there! I had a baby in July and managed to lose my pregnancy weight (yay!) but still have a long way to go!!! I was 212 pre-pregnancy, and I'm 209 currently, hoping to get down to 150 eventually. Just joined curves, they are great there and very supportive. After reading all of your stories, I'm feeling pretty good about myself, and about this diet.....Thanks everybody!

:welcome: ksparkleg

I was thin for most of my life. When I was a kid, my mom had to spend over $40 for every pair of jeans she bought me (that was expensive in the '70's!) because only LuvIt super slim jeans would fit. Throughout highschool and college, I was thin and athletic. I played softball, was a cheerleader, was one of the popular girls, was very outgoing.

I had some complications with my first pregnancy and gained about 70 lbs. I lost most of it during the next year and stayed that same size for the next 3 years. My second child was born in 2005. It was a much easier pregnancy, I didn't gain as much weight and was losing weight for the next few months. Then I stalled and started a slow gain. I did the Alli diet for a little while and lost a few pounds, not enough though. Then the slow, steady gain. I joined a gym, did about 10 hours of cardio every week. After three months, I had gained 3 lbs.

My sister was having similar weight issues. We had joined the gym together with similar results. She was diagnosed with insulin resistance, was put on medication and was told to eat a high protein, low carb diet. After much research, I concluded that I had the same problem. I researched IP and decided I had to do it. Nothing else was working. I didn't want to become a diabetic. I avoided social situations because I felt too uncomfortable, too fat. People I went to school with didn't even recognize me anymore. I hated shopping for clothes, so I really had nothing to wear anywhere anyway.

My husband is a great man. He has been very supportive of IP and the changes that I have made to our family's way of eating. Although his weight was fine before, he is eating healthier and is more knowledgeable about nutrition now.

Since I am now at a better weight, I find that I am wanting to do things again. I want to go out to dinner, I want to attend social gatherings, I want to get out and see people. I enjoy shopping for size 8 jeans and medium tops.

Before IP, I avoided people in the grocery store, pretended like I didn't see them, just so I wouldn't have to talk to them. What a shame! It sounds cliche to say that a diet gave me my life back. Maybe that's too profound. It definitely has made a difference. My life was good before IP, I just had issues with me being overweight.

Im Jenn! I have always struggled with body image. Growing up I was the only girl surrounded by boys. And boys can be mean! I was constantly bullied by my cousins and brother because I was developing faster then them. My first "diet" I went on I was 14 and managed to keep my weight in check doing sports and eating right during high school. After I met my now husband and got pregnant the weight just came on. I ended up gaining 70lbs with my son. After 2 years of struggling with weight I joined IP and successfully lost 50lbs. Then got pregnant again and was very surprised to learn at my 20wk ultrasound that it was twins. I made it my mission not to have small NICU babies so gained that 50lbs I had lost. My girls were both almost 8lbs but after having them I didnt lose any weight. So I have joined IP again to lose this weight forever and gain control of this for myself and so I can set a good example to my kids about eating right. Im excited to wear normal pants and not maternity pants! lol My husband and I are planning on going on our honeymoon in nov and I want to feel comfortable on the beach and not all covered up in layers. So glad to have found this site! It is so motivating to see all the women who are losing the weight and supporting eachother!;)

I'm so glad there is so much support here at 3FC. I really enjoy reading everyone's stories!

Mine is pretty different, although it starts out the same as a lot of others. Growing up, I was always the perfect weight. I attribute that to the fact that from age 6 to 16 I was a hardcore competitive swimmer (you can NOT be overweight while that is going on haha). I think that basically set my metabolism to the level of awesome and I was able to eat whatever junk I wanted all through college and keep my figure- I was able to stay between 120-130 with no exercise at all. Oh, the days...!!! (although I didn't feel as good as I could have, which I didn't realize at the time.)
Fast-forward to age 21... I got pregnant. (Oops! That's another story. She was adopted by a wonderful family :) ) Well, I still ate junk all the time. Frozen corn dogs and chicken nuggets were my go-to staple. Of course with my crazy hormones and inactivity, I got up to 185 during my pregnancy. I just blamed it all on being pregnant. After I gave birth, I got down to 150 without much effort, but I was going out with friends and drinking and eating all that lovely junk food again! Amazingly, I stayed around 145/150 for 2 years, but I hated my body shape and longed to get back to where I was pre-pregnancy. Because I convinced myself that I could never give up all the foods I loved so much, I just resorted to thinking I had to just live with my new body and that was that.
I did about 2 weeks of south beach a few months before my wedding in spring '11. I got down to 140, but gained about 6 of those lbs back on my honeymoon lol. I was barely overweight, but I wasn't happy with that. I guess I am considered a "featherweight".
Fast-forward to Summer of '11. I got this job at a Chiropractor's office. I started on reception, but then was trained on Ideal Protein. I became the coach a few months later, and being surrounded by people losing weight (and being in an office with this IP food around me all day) inspired me to just DO it! In November, I started the diet and lost 15 lbs in a month, down to 131! Amazing.
Christmas time hit, and I did NOT stick with maintenance. I guess I thought I was some exception, that my old metabolism of the good ol' days just would magically re-appear. Eh, wrong!! I gained about 4 pounds back and felt kind of crappy from the reintroduction of junk into my diet when I decided to change my eating habits FOR GOOD.
Since the new year, I have been experimenting with my everyday diet, and it has evolved into 95% gluten-free. Since doing this I lost the weight I gained, plus a few more pounds, and I feel great. I only have wheat/grains if I am eating out or it is a special occasion. I am loving it. I was a person who thought I could NEVER be on a diet or eliminate certain things because I love food so much. Now it just seems natural to me to not eat wheat or grains. This evolution has changed my life and the way I look at my health and how much food affects my body. Luckily, my husband is a hippie at heart ;) and together we have decided to get rid of all processed flour and replace everything in our house with healthy options. The journey is just beginning, but I love my body again and feel better now than I have in a long time. I can't believe I almost gave up on myself.



Thank you all so much for sharing your stories. I am enjoying reading all of them. I feel that sharing our stories bring us a little closer together. This afterall is another family for me.