I can honestly say that I did not realize how much weight I was packing on. Yes I felt uncomfortable in my clothes and yes the size of my pants was getting larger but I didn’t own a scale and I didn’t feel large. All of my adolescent life I was an athlete. I played basketball and volleyball, ran track and field and played soccer. I never thought about my body, or my weight. However looking back at this time in my life I can see where my negative food habits began. I was never a big eater. As my mom was a working mom when I was young and then a single mom when I was in high school, I was in charge of making my own lunch for as long as I can remember. The trouble is… that I did not make it. So, I would go long days without eating anything and then go to a hard practice. Once my coach realized what was happening I was under strict orders to eat and I had to write down what I ate. If I did not eat enough I was not allowed to play. I started to eat more, but I was burning it off quickly. I worked and ate at McDonalds for 5 years of my adolescence and I was still able to maintain my body weight. Until I stopped playing organized sports.
For the past 8 years, I have slowly gained weight. At 5 feet 11, I was 247 pounds and started the first HCG diet which I had found by searching the internet. Although I lost 15 pounds on the HCG, I felt terrible the whole time. I was starving, had little to no energy and felt dizzy most of the time. As I researched HCG products on the web more, I came to realize that there was very little HCG in the actual product I was using. I went in search of the real thing and found a weight loss clinic offering HCG injections. I signed up December 31 of 2013 weighing 233 pounds. I lost 30 pounds in 40 days. I found the injections managable, and I felt good on the protocol. However, I struggled through maintenance. Going up and down, having a steak day for +2 pounds of a gain and being totally obsessed with the scale. I wanted to do the protocol again. I found Goodbye my Muffintop through searching for an alternative to the expensive, painful injections. I spoke with Marriann and I ordered the starter package.
After releasing more weight on the protocol (and feeling fantastic while doing it) I started the dreaded maintenance phase. Of course I also started obsessing. During one of my frantic emails, Marriann simply said “STOP weighing yourself. TRUST yourself and YOUR body.” I listened to Marriann. I stopped obsessing. I ate when I was hungry and I stopped when I was full. This changed me. It has profoundly affected me so much that I want to share what I have learned with the world.
I have started training for a sprint triathlon because I wanted to, not because I want to prove that I am still an athlete. I have lost a total of 60 pounds in a year. At my heaviest I wore a size 21 pants and I am now wearing a size 14-15.
I want to be a Release Coach so that I can help as many people as I can who are struggling with their weight and who possibly are not aware as to why they are struggling. If my story relates to you or you would just like to talk about the protocol, please reach out and contact me.