Lifestyle Changes – A Mom’s Journey

About a month before my 35th birthday, something happened. I was sitting here writing, like I do most days, and it hit me. I was turning 35 soon. Not too many years later, I will be hitting 40. While getting older has never ever bothered me (the white hairs I randomly get on my head and in my eyebrows–what’s up with that–are definitely something I could do without), the idea of getting older and not making the necessary changes I need to make to lose all this excess weight, is something that has bothered me. Lifestyle changes were definitely needed in my life.

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Here I am, five years ago, at my heaviest weight I’ve ever been…250 lbs. I hate even typing that number, but it’s true. I started my weight loss journey at 250 lbs. I knew I had to make some changes and make them quick. Not only was a severely overweight, but I had tested Type 2 Diabetic. I made some changes, lost some weight, and managed to no longer test in the diabetic range. However, my weight started creeping back up and I knew it was only a matter of time before I became Diabetic again. I was not about to let that happen.

Serious Lifestyle Changes Needed!

Fast forward to just about my 35th birthday…a friend of mine had been talking a lot about the Keto diet. I saw her transformation, but was really scared to take the plunge. You see, with the Keto diet, you eat high fat, moderate protein and very low carb. While I know that a very low carb diet works well for me, I was terrified to eat fat! I mean, it’s drilled into our heads over and over again, “low-fat, low-fat, low-fat”. However, I decided to jump in and give it a try. What I didn’t understand at the beginning was that with the Keto diet, you are essentially training your body to use fat as an energy source, instead of carbs. This is huge to understand. You see, since you are not constantly eating fat all day long, your body needs to have energy somehow, so it begins burning your fat stores. It truly is as great as it sounds!

I’ve been doing this diet since January 23rd of this year and I am currently 0.4 lbs away from losing 70 lbs. I look and feel amazing! A little bit of that weight loss is from before starting Keto. See the transformation for yourself…

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Yes…I did just use a Snapchat selfie…no judging! It was just my most recent picture of myself and, well, what can I say…I just love the gold butterflies in my hair! Despite the fact that it is a Snapchat selfie, you can see how my face has transformed. I still have some weight to lose, but I’ll get there!

While making lifestyle changes has been the key to my success, there are a few areas of my body that, no matter how much I lose, they don’t change. Those areas would be my saddlebags. I absolutely hate that word, but it’s true. I have them and I hate them. I made a comment to my husband that the only way I would be able to get rid of them is with liposuction. As I was looking around online, I came across an ad for Light Rx Face & Body for Laser Liposuction. I was instantly intrigued! One of the biggest things I noticed was that it required absolutely zero recovery time! That was huge for me. With a husband that travels for work, having something that required recovery time was kind of out of the question.

About Laser Liposuction

This painless procedure utilizes low level lasers that target the fat in a particular area and breaks down the stored triglycerides in the fat cells into free fatty acids and glycerol. The fat content is then transported to various tissues, ready to be burned off during post-treatment exercise. Basically, the laser liposuction is a process that mimics the body’s natural process of releasing stored fat to be used as energy.

Sounds great, doesn’t it?!? I totally thought so! Currently I am partnering with LightRx Face & Body and I am in the process of completing ten complimentary Laser Liposuction treatments and eight Venus Legacy treatments. The Venus Legacy treatments help to get the fat content moving out of my lymphatic system faster, as well as, it helps to tighten the skin area being treated!

I am extremely excited about this phase in my life. Not only are my lifestyle changes working for me, but, with the help of LightRx Face & Body, I am able to work on those stubborn areas of my body, as well! I am only just starting my treatments with LightRx Face & Body, but I will be sure to update in a couple months about my treatments and how they went!

Keto Diet Plan – Taking Charge of My Health

On January 23, 2016, I decided that I was done being fat. I had gotten comfortable. I knew my husband loved me for me and didn’t care one bit about my size. While that is a great feeling to have and not have to worry about what the one person I care what they think, thinks about me, it led me to just give up and not care about my own health and well being. Maybe not intentionally, but that’s what happened. A friend of mine (shout-out to Summer at The Dirty Floor Diaries) had been talking about the Keto Diet Plan for quite some time…I finally decided to give it a try. Rather than do it by myself, I talked my husband into giving the diet a try with me. Strength in numbers and all. What has happened over the last 4+ months has been amazing.

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After having my kids, and over the next several years, I hit my highest weight ever. I also was diagnosed Type 2 Diabetic. It was a real game changer when my doctor told me I as diabetic. Shit was getting real, as they say. I had just turned 30 years old. I wish I could say that I handled the news well those first few weeks, but I didn’t. I cried. I cried about the thought of having to give up all the food I liked. I cried because I thought something was going to happen to my feet (Google told me so). I cried because I didn’t want to put in the work that I needed to with this new diagnosis. And then I woke up. I went to a nutritionist. I learned how to eat so that my sugar would stop spiking and my body would start producing and using the correct amount of insulin. In like 9 or 10 months, I lost 50 lbs. I felt amazing! The best part is, after losing that weight and eating like the nutritionist told me, I haven’t tested Type 2 Diabetic since. I had completely reversed things on my own. But then the weight started creeping back up. I started to eat poorly again. While I was still able to stay out of the diabetic range on all my blood tests, I was not eating healthy at all. For the most part, I was a carbaholic. I ate all the things I knew I shouldn’t eat. And then I became fat again. I stayed that way for years.

Shortly after this last Christmas, I saw a picture of myself. I was mortified. I thought I looked good…but I didn’t. I was one of those, “well…at least she has a pretty face”. You know, the phrase every fat girl hates to hear. I started messaging Summer on Facebook and asking more questions about the Keto Diet Plan and finally on January 23, 2016, I was ready to jump in and give it a try.

This is a picture of me at my heaviest weight. To be honest, looking at it is really difficult.

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What is the Keto Diet Plan?

Basically, it’s a diet where you eat high fat, moderate protein, and very low-carb. Your body stops using carbs to fuel it and switches to fat. In doing this, you start burning your fat stores. The weight starts melting off! I use My Fitness Pal to track everything. I pay for the premium service because I want my macros to be exact. A few sites I recommend checking out for more information and to figure out what your macros are…

So…I bet you are wondering how much weight I’ve lost…

As of today, I am down just over 57 lbs!! I look and feel amazing. I am down four pant sizes and five shirt sizes! Shopping is fun again! It’s so nice to be able to try anything and everything on at pretty much ANY store! The other day I was shopping for dresses for a wedding I have in July. You can see the progress I’ve made…

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Don’t mind the crazy tan lines! We had my daughters soccer tournament all weekend long! Never in a million years would I ever try a dress on like this OR even consider getting it. I felt comfortable in the dress and I think I look pretty good!

Is the Keto Diet Plan Right for You?

My advice…do your research. Know what you are getting yourself into. I will tell you, it’s not as hard as it seems. Give yourself a couple weeks to get used to it. When you get into Dietary Ketosis (do NOT confuse this with Ketoacidosis…they are not the same thing), you will go through something referred to as the “Keto Flu”. Power through. Once in Ketosis…stay in it. You can check whether you are in Ketosis by using these Ketone Test Stripsketo diet plan I picked up on Amazon.

If you have any questions about the Keto Diet Plan, please don’t hesitate to ask! I will gladly help you!

Working Out with the Fitbit Charge HR

This winter, I really slacked off at the gym. I just didn’t make it a priority and I didn’t really feel motivated to go. That all changed when I learned about the Fitbit Charge HR. When the Fitbit Flex came out, I got one. I loved it, but there were several things I didn’t like about it. I didn’t like that since they tell you to wear it on your non-dominate hand, it made it difficult to wear a watch. I also didn’t like the clasp. I was always paranoid that it would fall off. And then…I learned about the Fitbit Charge HR.

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For Mother’s Day, my husband and kids got me the Fitbit Charge HR. If you have’t seen it yet, this is what it looks like:

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Why I Like Mine

First off, it’s pretty! I love the plum color. But what I like the most is the fact that all I need to do is tap it twice and it tells me what time it is! A few other features:

  • Counts your steps
  • Monitors your heart rate
  • Tells you how many miles you’ve walked
  • The calories you’ve burned throughout the day
  • How many flights you’ve climbed
  • Monitors your sleep activity
  • Caller ID

There are other features, but that’s the gist of it! But what I really like is that it motivates me to get more steps than I did the day before. I may or may not be known to run in place at night while I watch T.V. just so I get more steps! With the Fitbit products, you have the ability to connect with your friends that also have a Fitbit and basically keep each other motivate and try to walk more steps than your friends!!

Buy your Fitbit Charge HR HERE!

Real Life Paleo and My New Lifestyle Plan

A couple years ago, I learned about the Paleo diet. My husband and I gave it a try and I really liked it. I couldn’t believe how much better I felt everyday, especially after eating a meal. I was no longer feeling bloated after dinner. One of my favorite recipes I used to make ALL of the time was Cauliflower Rice.

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Doesn’t it look good?!? Following the Paleo Diet was great, however it didn’t last for me. I got lazy and started eating whatever I wanted and feeling bloated after each meal. I tried getting serious and doing Weight Watchers with my husband, but lets face it, I can’t stand logging my food on my phone.

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The other day, my friend Summer from The Dirty Floor Diaries, was talking about a new book called Real Life Paleo. This book is full of recipes that are easy to make for things that you need daily like ketchup, for example.

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The number one thing I like about this book over ANY other book I’ve ever read on various diet plans is that this book makes lists. It not only tells you what foods to buy, but one list, in particular, shows something you normally would eat and then it shows what would be a better option and then what would be the best option. For people like me that may not always be able to go for the best, I like that I can have an option that is doable for me. My other favorite part about this book is that it gives me a list of things to buy at stores near me like Trader Joes or Costco. Those are the things I need to be successful!

I just got this book this past weekend, but I’m telling you, just two days following along and I feel GREAT. It really is a lifestyle plan that you notice results immediately. And for me, I need to see immediate results or I give up and take, what I consider, the easy route…but I don’t want the easy route anymore. I want good food for me, my body and my family.

Have you tried the Paleo Diet before?

My Weight Loss Secrets

A few months ago, my husband and I decided to try Weight Watchers together. I personally never really cared for that diet plan…I’m sorry, that “lifestyle change”, but my husband has always been successful with Weight Watchers so I decided to be the supportive wife and do the diet with him. I have to say, I really do like it this time around. I like that I can log everything on my phone…so convenient! But most of all, I like that I can pretty much each fruit and it doesn’t cost me any points. Before, when fruit did cost me points, I never wanted to eat that…I mean, when you can spend 5 points on ice cream or fruit, I chose the ice cream all the time.

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While I would love to look like the picture above again (I was a junior in high school), after having two kids, there are just somethings that will not go back to the way they were…and I’m OK with that. My goal now is to be healthy. Overall, I would like to lose about 85 lbs…currently, I’ve lost 12 lbs! My husband, on the other hand, has lost 30 lbs! As much as I am happy for him, I find it very annoying that he’s lost almost double what I have!

I can’t attribute all of my weight loss to Weight Watchers. I follow my plan, most of the time, but the one thing I do ALL of the time is drink water with Young Living Grapefruit essential oil and Young Living Tangerine essential oil.

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Why Grapefruit and Tangerine Essential Oil?

Both grapefruit and tangerine oil is high in d-limonene. This is significant because d-limonene helps with the following:

  • Digestion
  • Metabolism
  • Detoxification

D-limonene is contained in the peels of citrus fruits. There are many documented studies that state that d-limonene protects against many types of Cancers. I like that possible added benefit!

How I Use the Oil

You must use a glass bottle with citrus oils because there are compounds in citrus oils that will dissolve the plastic bottle. The next thing I do is fill my bottle with the desired amount of ice. Before adding the water, I add 3 drops of grapefruit oil and 3 drops of tangerine oil. This way, when I add the water, it begins mixing the oil for me! I do this a couple times a day.

Besides the digestion, metabolism and detoxification benefits, I’m also noticing that I am drinking much less pop! My goal, besides the weight loss, is to not drink pop at all. I’m slowly getting there!

If you would like more information on Young Living essential oils, please ask! I’d love to talk to you more about it!