How Stephanie lost a whopping 150 pounds!

SS Stephanie before and after

Stephanie had been obese most of her life. After suffering from a DVT (Deep vein thrombosis) in her right calf, she knew something drastic had to be done. It didn’t take long until she found a keto diet. This is what happened:

Hello Diet Doctor!

I have had great success with health by following a ketogenic diet, coupled with both intermittent and extended fasting over the past year. In addition to eating healthy keto and fasting, I’ve also incorporated fitness into my life since day one, whether it was simply swimming, yoga, or lifting weights, it has been part of my story.

I began at the tail end of September 2017, weighing 327.4 (149 kg) pounds, almost 40 years old, in pain, sick, and on a number of prescription medications. My health was in poor condition, both physically and mentally. About six months prior to starting, I had nearly died after suffering a DVT (Deep vein thrombosis) in my right calf and subsequently having severe bilateral pulmonary embolisms. The severity of my health was far beyond the scope of simply being morbidly obese.

I essentially woke up one day and somehow everything clicked, and I was ready. My children were ages 1 and 3, and I wasn’t going to be here for them. I was in pain, could barely walk or breathe, had such severe mobility issues, I couldn’t even get my own socks or shoes on my right leg without assistance (and those socks are knee-high compression socks at that)! No doctor, specialist or diagnostic test was able to determine why I had the lost mobility, but on account of being on a blood thinner, I was medically unable to take over the counter or prescription strength anti-inflammatory pills, so SOMETHING had to change.

I knew in my heart it had to be the food. Having been diagnosed as celiac disease in 2012, I was well versed at the positive impact of ruling out even some, if not all grains, on inflammation, so I decided to return to the celiac diagnosis stage of eating. Within a week, I landed in the world of keto – totally by accident – and have never (nor will ever) looked back.

Fasting is not a new concept for me as I used to fast on occasion, even as a teenager, in a religious context, so adding both intermittent and extended fasting to my life seemed almost seamless. I came by it so naturally, and comfortably, you’d think I was meant to live this lifestyle all along!

Stephanie close up before nad after

I have worked very hard over the year at determining what my food preferences are, how to cook, how to understand macro and micronutrients, and their roles in my health, and how to eliminate foods that I’ve identified to be triggers for me. I keep it rather simple and cyclical with my meals – a lot of things like veggie bakes and meat, salads with a protein, chili, and good old faithful bacon, eggs & avocado.

As stated, I began at the end of September 2017 at 327.4 lbs (149 kg), and celebrated a one-year milestone by having lost 150 lbs (68 kg), landing me at 178.2 lbs (80 kg) on September 29, 2018! I have celebrated numerous non-scale victories as well, including major things like regaining ALL mobility, and then some, eliminating six of seven prescription drugs (all that remains, for now, is a blood thinner), lowering my blood pressure back to normal, and have healed my lifetime of stomach/bowel disease.

Stephanies Keto Anniversary

I am happier, healthier, and feeling younger at age 40 than when I was an obese teenager. I am now training to become a certified Aqua Fit instructor at my gym, and will never go back to eating the way I used to. Keto + Fasting + Fitness is my life now!

Stephanie with child before and after

Stephanie McGarrigle

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Wow, what a journey! Thank you for sharing your story with us, Stephanie. And a big congratulations on your success!

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31 comments

  1. Sally
    Wow! New woman! Well done! Seriously impressive!
  2. Sue
    You're a keto rockstar Stephanie. Well done!!
  3. Veronica
    Thank you, Stephanie - you're an inspiration! Good luck with achieving your certification.
  4. Tammi
    Congratulations on your new life of better health, Stephanie!
  5. Kathleen
    Congratulations, Stephanie!
  6. Francoise
    You are unrecognizable! You look terrific! Well done! 👍🌺
  7. Vince
    Keto and fasting is the natural way our ancestors thrived! You look great!
  8. Smone
    Stephanie, you look fabulous and what an inspiration!
  9. Patti Clewett
    It´s amazing the change in facial appearance. No one really knew what you looked like before! Thank you for changing around your life and sharing that with us. Your kids will be every so grateful for a different life-style. They may never have to face being obese because their Mom conquered her weakness first!
  10. Angela
    I started with 125 to lose. I have lost 35 since mid June of this year. Sometimes I feel like I will never get to my final goal. Your story has helped inspire me. Thank you for sharing. You look wonderful and so much younger. Great job!!
  11. Vicki
    Look at those long strong legs, that is tremendous work. Congrats!
  12. Sydna M Little
    Thank you for sharing your success! Not only the change in your weight but also the change in your health! Every now and then it is so helpful to be reminded that my goals are achievable! And your children have a brand new mom!!
  13. Jo Solomon
    Amazing and inspiring. Wonderful share. ❤️
  14. Bruno
    Holy Moly.....She looks very sexy now...
  15. Donna
    Congratulations Stephanie, you look fantastic and so happy.
  16. Sharifah
    I would like to know what kind of fasting did she do?
    Reply: #27
  17. Belinda
    It feels great to feel great! Enjoy your new freedom that come with good health.
  18. Susanne Maron
    Fantastic this is a great insperation Stephanie you look Wonderful congratulations
  19. Una
    This is a great story, but as I'm not obese or have never been obese and British, find it quite hard to relate to such a situation and perhaps so American, and wonder if there is anything for some of us who only want to loose 11lbs and be well?
    Replies: #21, #28
  20. Lisa
    Stephanie you are an inspiration for millions! Great work and dedication, not just for yourself but your beautiful family as well.....so impressed!!
  21. Tera
    Una,

    Eating Keto is for everyone - fat, thin, and in between. Just start, stick with it, and your body will adjust itself to its ideal weight. I was fat when starting, my wife was thin, but heavy for her frame - she is 5'11 and weighed 165. I have lost 30 lbs, and she has lost 20 lbs and we have been Keto for 5 months. Her weight has stabilized but I still continue to lose. Our bodies have dropped (and for me continues to drop) the weight it needed to.

    We practice "Intuitive Keto" - we don't count or track, but we try to keep it at/under 20 carbs a day - no fasting, no cheating.

    Give it a try! You have nothing to lose, but the weight. :)

  22. Tera
    Congratulations on claiming your life back Stephanie - very inspirational.
  23. Virginia
    Amazing story! Thank you for sharing your encouraging words. I am 5 months in and already am stunned by the changes! I am lower than I thought reasonable to expect to be able to get to and now don't think it is unreasonable to get to where I was in my 20s ..the hope is there, one day at a time! I am 55 and have lost 44 lbs and 5" of my waist. Reversed type two diabetes as well as lots of other pluses :)
  24. Peggy Marzolf
    Awesome journey, congratulations! I am just beginning. My main question is about what happens to all the sagging skin, etc? Does everyone have to have surgery done to remove it? If you can help me with that, I’d appreciate it. It has me skeptical about continuing. I could not afford to have the surgery. Thank you.
    Reply: #29
  25. WarblingLisa
    Congrats, Stephanie, on your amazing success. You absolutely glow with good health!
  26. Brenna
    Very impressive! Congratulations on your success :-)
  27. Stephanie
    I mostly have fasted intermittently, like 18:6, 20:4 and OMAD, with the occassional extended fast of 72 or 120 hours.
  28. Stephanie
    1. I am Canadian with British grandparents, but fail to see why this point is relevant. 2. As someone else also mentioned, keto is keto, whether it's for overall health, lowering insulin issues, for gaining weight, losing, maintaining, the approach is the same and appropriate for any person, regardless of starting health circumstances. :) Good luck on your journey.
  29. Stephanie
    No, not everyone needs to have skin removal surgery. A lot comes into play... how long were you obese or overweight in that skin, genetics, fasting, etc. Fasting induces autophagy and, over time, that can absolutely help reduce redundant skin. I have some loose skin, mainly abdomen and breasts, but also breastfed two babies, and had two babies, one of which was a c-section... Don't fear it. Healthy and saggy is far better than unhealthy and filled out.
  30. Gentiann
    Bravo, Stephanie !
    I love your answer : "Healthy and saggy is far better than unhealthy and filled out"
    I am always deeply annoyed to read negative comments about sagging skin. I want to scream : "so what??? Would you rather be 150 pounds overweight ????"
  31. Susan
    Wow Stephanie, you are a tremendous inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing your success!

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