“From Rock Bottom to Renewal: My Journey Towards Weight Loss and Health”

As promised, here’s the story behind my weight loss. It all started in the summer of 2022 when I hit rock bottom. I reached my highest recorded weight of 316 lbs, and my body was in constant pain. It was difficult to get up, move around, and even roll over in bed. My feet and legs were tired from carrying the extra weight. I realized it was time to change my life.

   

After a couple of months of dieting, I managed to lose about 20 pounds. I followed the Keto diet but didn’t exercise at all. In May 2022, I noticed blood in my stool and had to visit my doctor to give a stool sample. They found blood in it, which led to more doctor visits, including one to the gastroenterologist. The gastroenterologist suggested a colonoscopy procedure, but they wanted to schedule it for October, even though it was only May. I requested the next available appointment because I was experiencing terrible abdominal cramps and nightly fevers, which made me miserable.

Finally, in early June, I received an appointment and was diagnosed with colon cancer and THAT IS when I started taking my life seriously.

I managed to get a next-day appointment with my surgeon, who advised me that losing weight before surgery would benefit me. I promised him that I would do everything possible to achieve that.

To be honest, I was extremely strict with myself. I didn’t cheat and managed to lose about 12 lbs before my surgery on June 13th. I went into surgery weighing a staggering 296 lbs.

Here’s what I did:

  1. Cut out all refined sugar.
  2. Reduced my carbohydrate intake.
  3. Eliminated dairy from my diet due to its inflammatory effects and its impact on my digestion.
  4. Avoided all fast food and fried food.
  5. Stopped drinking coffee, and for the first two weeks, I followed a vegan diet out of fear after my cancer diagnosis.
  6. Emphasized intermittent fasting, which I highly recommend.
  7. I didn’t exercise (although I should have!), I focused on consuming organic whole foods and drank lots of water.

I’ll even provide you with an example of one of my daily meal plans:

Breakfast:

  • Protein shake (low calorie with little to zero sugar)
  • Slice of Dave’s killer seeded bread with 1/2 small avocado and everything bagel seasoning

Lunch:

  • Salad with romaine lettuce, tomato, cucumber, Himalayan salt, pepper, and lemon juice for dressing

Dinner:

  • Baked chicken
  • Broccoli
  • Organic garlic rice with quinoa

Remember, never eat past 6 pm!

The first 40 lbs were challenging, but after that, the weight seemed to disappear. I can’t fully describe the incredible feeling of losing 100 lbs. The best part is that I no longer experience constant pain.

I have successfully dropped 130 lbs, and I am determined not to go back. When I was diagnosed with cancer, it was a wake-up call that prompted me to make a decision and change my life. I believe that God has given me another chance to live my best life, and that’s exactly what I intend to do!

Here is a great video about intermittent fasting!

Update 12/9

I’m gonna try this again. I started writing this morning about the struggles with my weight and how I’ve always been fat. I’ve posted I the past about how I was “ready to take control” only to fail miserably and often. I wanted the write about how and why THIS TIME was different. I did all the fad diets only to be bigger than I was before. Why was this time different? This time I was diagnosed with colon cancer. I had a choice to make. I could continue feeling miserable and killing myself with food but, I wanted to be healthy. I wanted to be alive and pain free. I wanted more energy. I wanted to feel good in my clothes. Most of all I want to be alive for my kids and my grandkids. What did I do? I DIDNT take any chemo that was suggested. I CHANGED MY LIFE!! I eat mostly organic, no refined sugar, no fast food, no processed foods, low carb and dairy free (mostly). I was very strict and almost vegan at first. When I got my blood work results back, I’m more lenient . I eat chicken and fish and not a lot of red meat. My biggest point was over 316. I know I got bigger but, I didn’t want to get on a scale! I’m proud to say I’m 202 as of this morning! I still can’t believe that I’ve gotten this far. I’m cancer free, pain free (except for my husband at times) and I feel better in my clothes. I can fit into a regular size bath towel. I do admit that sometimes when I go shopping I head straight for the plus section. I’m literally 1/2 the size I was. I went from a size 22/24 pants and 3 or 4xl shirts to 12 jeans, med shirts. 114lbs Gone! Now for my next goal 199! Remember to live your best life! I am!

And now… I look like this!….