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.
This is an amazing story of one of our clients. I just have to share.
The following is a submission I received upon request from a Goodbye My Muffintop Client – she has asked to remain anonymous but I am sure that many, many of you will relate to her story. She is such a perfect example of why a person could benefit from the hormonal re-set that our program provides! She didn’t need to eat better or exercise better… she wasn’t doing anything wrong. She just needed to learn how to listen to her body… To date her pounds lost remain an unknown… but after her first round of protocol she lost an incredible 44.5 inches!
My body image issues date back literally as far back as I can remember. Even around the age of 4 years old I have memories of being called the “chubby chicken” & compared to my “skinny minny” sister by my mother. Now if you want some deep seeded…
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Most people aren’t aware that a deficiency in Vitamin B12 may be a contributing factor to fatigue, anemia, weakness or depression. According to the Office of Dietary Supplements “Neurological changes, such as numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, can also occur. Additional symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency include difficulty maintaining balance, depression, confusion, dementia, poor memory, and soreness of the mouth or tongue. The neurological symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency can occur without anemia, so early diagnosis and intervention is important to avoid irreversible damage.”
Most of your body’s required nutrients should primarily come from food sources, by having a balanced healthful diet. Vitamin B12 is found in animal products, including fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk, and milk products. Fortified breakfast cereals are also a good source. However, it is important to read the product label to determine which, and how much added nutrients the cereal contains. You may also want to double-check the ingredients.
There are some circumstances where it’s good to have additional “Vitamin B12 Insurance” by utilizing a high quality dietary supplement. The following groups are those most likely to be Vitamin B12 deficient (source: Office of Dietary Supplements):
- Older Adults
- Individuals with Pernicious Anemia
- Individuals with Gastrointestinal Disorders (such as Celiac Disease and Crohn’s Disease)
- Individuals who have had gastrointestinal surgery
- Pregnant and lactating women who follow strict vegetarian diets and their infants
Pregnant and lactating women may also want to consider supplementation if they feel they are not eating a balanced healthful diet rich in Vitamin B12.
If you would like to learn more about Vitamin B12 we invite you to take a peak at the Office of Dietary Supplements website.
We offer Reinforce, a sublingual Vitamin B12 oral supplement.
Disclaimer: This information should not take the place of medical advice. We encourage you to talk to your health care providers (doctor, registered dietitian, pharmacist, etc.) about your interest in, questions about, or use of dietary supplements and what may be best for your overall health. There is no endorsement by Office of Dietary Supplements.