My Weight Loss Success Story
My name is Mona Minnie and InConnection.com is home to the journey that I have embarked upon to regain my health and happiness and learn to connect with myself again. Thank you for visiting my blog and sharing in my journey!
In 2010 I weighed in at 310 pounds and was wearing a size 32 at an appointment I had with a bariatric surgeon. I was desperate to lose weight. I remember him telling me that the surgery would only be successful if I was ready for the change and motivated but that I also had to be in the right frame of mind. I left the appointment wondering if I was ready to make this decision. I ended up not getting the surgery and instead turned to traditional methods of losing weight and managed to lose thirty pounds in the next three years. I couldn’t understand how I could not lose more weight when I was eating at a calorie deficit. You see, I was no stranger to dieting and losing weight.
I had been over-weight my entire life and in my early twenties I had managed to get my weight down to 105 pounds by exercising to excess and dieting – going from a size 16 to a size 4. And then, over the next thirty years I managed to gain all the weight I lost back and then some! I had various successes with weight loss over the next years but nothing significant. I hated journaling my food intake and never seemed to have enough success to keep my motivation going. I tried Weight Watchers several times as well as other popular diets. Looking back now though I realize that I just stopped caring about myself. I lost the connection with myself.
On May 9, 2013 I was at the lowest point ever in my life. I weighed 280 pounds and I had numerous health problems that made it impossible to lead a fulfilling life. Diagnosed with high blood pressure, borderline diabetic, hypothyroidism, arthritis, skin issues and back pain related to bad posture, an anterior pelvic tilt, muscle imbalances, scoliosis and sacro-iliac joint dysfunction – I couldn’t move my body! I couldn’t walk up and down the stairs or even reach down to pick something up off the floor. I remember thinking back then that I couldn’t imagine what my life would be like in twenty years. I was 53 years old and felt like a cripple! I was also depressed and suffered from low self-esteem. I was ready for a change and resolved to do something about my situation. So I hit the Internet in search of gym shoes. I was going to finally make use of the Planet Fitness membership that I had been paying on.
As is the case in Internet searches, one link lead to another and before I knew it I was reading about the benefits of going barefoot. And then that link lead to one about an Insulin Resistance test that you could try to see if you were sensitive to certain foods. Something was causing me to not be able to lose weight and since my mother had been Diabetic I figured I had nothing to lose. I started the test by eliminating all trigger foods from my diet for two weeks. The test instructions said I could add back one food type at a time and to monitor if any of my symptoms came back. But an amazing thing happened after only three days. I started feeling better…a lot better…and the scale started moving…down. I was intrigued and began researching carbohydrate intolerance. I learned that even though I was eating at a calorie deficit it was physically impossible for me to access the fat in my fat cells for energy if my blood sugar was too high. And grains and sugar were spiking my blood sugar…a lot. No wonder I wasn’t losing weight!
Things were finally clicking into place and I continued on with the Insulin Resistance Test experiencing even more improvements. I added back fruit and dairy to my diet and just never added back the grains, sugar or processed foods. I started eating real food. Later I discovered that I was essentially following a Paleo/Primal/Wheat Belly diet. And the weight continued to drop and hasn’t stopped. I have lost a total of 133 pounds and still have about 50 pounds to lose. During the past year I went to physical therapy to address my muscle imbalances and to learn how to move my body again. Today I am happy to say that most of my medical issues have resolved and I am medication-free. My depression has lifted and my self-esteem has soared. Learning that I am sensitive to grains and sugar has been life-changing. I have learned to listen to what my body and mind need to be healthy and happy. I have learned to be in connection with myself.
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