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.
I have always been unhappy with the number on the scale. Always.
I can honestly remember being 11 and being disappointed with myself. Also, I can not recall a time where I didn’t eat emotionally. Good days were celebrated with high calorie yummies. Bad days were capped off with a greasy bowl of ‘feelings’.
I would go through healthy phases where I would hit the gym regularly and eat cleaner, only to see the scale move down and immediately reward myself with a junk food binge. Just once is usually all it took to derail myself and I would soon find me back to where I started. I graduated college with about 20 extra pounds, I met my husband and 5 years, 3 beautiful babies and 50 extra pounds later, I hated myself for getting this overweight. Cap that with a husband who worked out of town and keeping 3 children alive I was emotionally and physically beat. Eating feelings became a daily event.
Last January I was desperate. I bought a treadmill on sale and vowed that I would get my act together. My days were so long that exercising after the kids were in bed was not an option. Instead, I would set my kids up with a movie and toys but I still couldn’t get more than 10 minutes in without one of them needing my attention. This of course stressed me out causing the consumption of more feelings.
I had met Kelly and Marriann thru social media and thought highly of them both. They seemed like such happy and positive women that always had something wonderful to share. One day I clicked on Kelly’s profile link and found the Goodbye My Muffintop Inc. website.
I had heard of hCG before and honestly, at the time all I cared about is the part where you release weight fast. When I sat down with Kelly, she talked about how herself and others were able to free themselves from the cycle of emotional eating and dieting. This was the first time I realized how bad my emotional eating was.
Because I was still nursing my baby, I had to wait a couple months to start protocol. I paid attention to what and when I ate and couldn’t believe how often I ate out of habit/emotion and not hunger.
In May of 2013 I started my first round of protocol. I knew it would be rough. I had 2 of my kid’s birthdays as well as a huge long distance move to power thru while I was on protocol, meaning that I would not be able to have any birthday cake or reach for that bag of chips to calm my nerves.
Even though I was told what to expect I was absolutely floored to see I’d released 13 pounds in the first week of protocol. At the end of the first round I was down 30lbs and I’d successfully relocated to another town without even eating one crumb of feelings. To me, that gave me just as much satisfaction as the weight I had released.
During my second round, I found I had so much extra energy I had to do something to burn it off. My husband suggested I go for a run. I laughed at him. I used to have “only running while being chased” policy, but to my surprise, I loved it, and I have now adopted running as a hobby.
My other surprise this round was celebrating my 30th birthday without food, and not being remotely sad about it. I really didn’t miss it. Instead I took a garbage bag of clothing that were too big for me to goodwill and bought myself my very first pair of skinny jeans. And honestly, the way that made me feel beat the way a big chunk of cake would of made me feel.
That feeling is the reason I wanted to become a release coach. I feel so strongly about this program and I think everybody has the right to feel this way about themselves. I’m really looking forward to walking beautiful people through this journey of releasing pounds and the discovery of self love that comes with it.
My journey isn’t over yet but after 2 rounds of protocol, I have released 50 lbs and 60 inches (including 10 inches around my abdomen!!) but more importantly gained a huge amount of confidence and self love and I no longer see physical activity and clean eating as a punishment for letting myself get fat, instead I truly enjoy it and I see it as a reward.
I’ve never been so happy to be me and CANNOT wait to share more of this journey with others!
Pssssst. Jill has a beautiful story to tell you. You may relate. You may not. You may cry a little. But that’s okay. Sometimes it’s just nice to know you’re not alone.
My Story By Jill Rowland
I would love to be able to tell you about this great moment that my journey began. You know, my rock bottom. But mine was years of memories and moments. Years of negative self-talk. Years of feeling I could never be anything other than the funny fat girl. I hated my body and was not happy with who I had become. I had done every fad diet, gone down and back up again. I had tried working-out endless hours a day, just to be discouraged at the end of the week. I had, at one point, convinced myself that it was okay to be my size. I was lying to myself. I was not living life to the fullest and my family was hurting because of it. Then one day I was done. This was not going to be my future anymore. I started my research looking for the magic pill that would make it all go away. I phoned a few friends that had gastric bypass surgery and came to the conclusion that this would be my only way out. Despite the risks and lifelong health problems, I was still willing to go ahead with the surgery. To my dismay, there was a 1 year waiting list just to get an appointment and I didn’t want to wait, I wanted it now.
I went back to researching. Over and over again, the HCG product kept coming up. The more I read, the more I thought this may be was the answer. After talking to a few different people and getting all negative feedback, and a million reasons why I should not do it, something inside me was saying not to let this go. Against all the advice from others, I found a clinic in Montana and drove down to have my consultation with their Doctor. I spent way too much money, but got everything I needed. Over the next 39 days I lost 43lbs. I did not tell a soul it was HCG for fear of all the negativity. At the time, I was still not convinced this was going to work. I then started maintenance and could not wait to do my next round.
My next round, I lost 34lbs in 39 days, then back to maintenance for a few more weeks. I struggled a bit during maintenance because I had lost the weight so fast and it seemed almost effortless. I don’t think my mind had a chance to catch up. I found myself struggling with being a size 12. I remember going into one of those stores that has the plus size on one side and the regular on the other. After trying on all the pants in the plus size, the sales clerk finally convinced me to look on the “regular” side. Funny as it was, I found this so hard. I felt like everyone was going to be pointing and laughing. Wondering what does that fat girl think she is doing shopping on “this side”. For some time, I continued to shop at my regular plus size stores, doing the same routine every time. I would go in, grab all 4xl’s and try them on. Then work my way down to a 1X and realize everything was too big.
After doing a lot of talking, reading, researching and self-help, I can now finally say I am happy with my body and how far I have come.
As others started to notice my significant weight loss, I had a few ladies that were actually brave enough to ask me how I did it (the rest just talked behind my back). Although I had not told anyone that I was on HCG, for fear of all the negative response, I did share with a select few that I knew I could trust. They were asking for my help. As I watched my friends losing 50, 60 and 100lbs, I finally realized “man this stuff really works”. When I came across Goodbye My Muffintop, I have to admit I was the biggest sceptic of them all, but the more I learned about the product, the more I realized I might be mistaken. The only way I would know if it was as good as “the real stuff” was to try it. I bought my starter kit and planned on doing 21 days. After day 5, I was hooked. I felt better than I had on my last two rounds of HCG and I was losing weight like crazy. My energy level was way up and my stress level was way down. I could not believe how much better I felt on the Release product than the HCG injections. Also, it was nice to have the product all in one. When I did injections, I had to take two different needles, one for the HCG and one for the B-12. As well, I had to take supplements throughout the day. I love the convenience of not having to buy and take so many pills.
I am happy to say, I have now lost over 100lbs. I continue to work on me every day and to make choices that will help me have better life. Due to my weight loss success and struggles, I realized my journey and story could help others get started on their own journey. I decided to team up with the girls from Goodbye My Muffintop. I look forward to helping many more people end their battle with weight and begin living a much healthier, happier life. ~ Jill
If you would like to connect with Jill, you can email her personally at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m sure she would be happy to hear from you. She has incredible passion and dedication and the success of her client’s reflects that. If you decide you would like to order product online, and work specifically with Jill, be sure to type “JILL” in the special instructions section of your order. We are working on Jill’s personal order page!
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1/2 Head Cauliflower
1 Carrot – Grated
1 Celery Stalk – Diced
1/4 Apple – Diced
1/4 C Raisins
1/4 C Cashews
1/4 C Quinoa *optional
Pre-Cook Quinoa (I use a rice-cooker and store in fridge)
1/4 Cup Mayo
1/4 Cup Oikos Plain Greek Yogurt
1/2 tsp Prepared Mustard
1 tsp Honey (or Sugar)
1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 tsp Celery Salt
1 Tblsp Milk *optional
Use your food processor to grate the carrot. Scrape carrots into bowl. Use your food processor, now with the blade attachment, pulsing, to break up the cauliflower into a nice consistency. Scrape cauliflower into bowl with carrots. Add the rest of ingredients together into the bowl. Mix together. With the blade attachment again, use your food processor to mix the dressing. Add dressing to the bowl of other ingredients and mix together. Store in fridge until ready to serve (1-2 hours is best).