“I still have 30 pounds to lose, but I’ve already won”

Before and after

Before and after

With an abusive relationship standing in the way of loving herself, Kirsten had a hard time finding the motivation to fight for herself, her health and her weight.

However, one morning, she’d had enough. She asked her husband to leave her and she got rid of the carbs too. Here’s what happened:

The Email

Hi Andreas,

Here is my success story complete with pictures.

I started attempting a low carb life style about 3 years ago. I would be successful for a few weeks then have a carb binge and ruin any progress I had made. I was excellent at losing and gaining the same 10 pounds (4 kg) over and over again. I was stuck in an emotionally abusive marriage. It was hard to love myself enough to put in the effort when I was being told how fat, ugly, and worthless I was constantly.

I woke up one morning after a particularly horrible evening with my husband and decided it was enough. I asked him to leave and began putting work into loving myself instead of trying to get him to love me. I started exercising, just walking everywhere, and got rid of the carbs for good. The weight began to fall off and that number was what started motivating me. Every time it went down was like a surge of energy. It kept me going. I was addicted to this new lifestyle and how it made me feel.

I am also a type 1 diabetic. Before, my blood sugar numbers were out of control, I was taking a ridiculous amount of insulin every day, and always felt sick. My cholesterol was high and they were discussing adding medications for that as well. I saw my blood sugar begin to stabilize and even when I exercised, which slowly became running and weight lifting, my blood sugar wouldn’t crash like before.

All of a sudden I had lost 130 pounds (59 kg)! I was no longer looked at like a freak when people walked by me on the street or worse, completely ignored. I found myself and not just because I looked and felt better but it helped me feel confident enough to speak up and let my personality shine through. Last week my divorce was finalized and I hit 140 pounds (64 kg) gone. This is the greatest thing I’ve ever done for myself. I still have 30 pounds (13 kg) to lose, but I’ve already won. I am a new, better person!

I’m 6′ (183 cm) and my goal is to get under 200 lbs (90 kg) this year. So close!



Congratulations on finally finding yourself and your fantastic weight-loss journey, Kirsten!

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  1. Nate
    Congratulations Kirsten! As a fellow T1D, I'm impressed with all your efforts and success! LCHF works so well because it works so well. It has that positive feed back loop. You lose a little weight, feel a little better while not getting hungry, yet some more weight loss happens, then maybe your memory seems to improve. maybe less brain fog, more energy, a little more weight loss..... Anyway, congratulations!
  2. Robert
    You look great! It's also great that you have the freedom now to move on to a good relationship with someone that will appreciate you.

    Here's a line for you at parties, "I finally got rid of 250 lbs of ugly fat. I kicked out my husband."

  3. Alice
    Good job
    He must be hating himself for losing a woman like you.
  4. Taryl
    Bravo! I'm so glad you got in a healthier situation all the way around. I hope the last few pounds are well on their way out the door and you find a spouse who treats you as he should. Hugs!
  5. Jennifer
    absolutely amazing story... I would love to make contact with you so I can have someone who has been in a similar situation to work with.... Maybe there would be some way to connect on facebook or email....
    Reply: #6
  6. Kirsten
    Hey Jennifer,

    I'm not sure how to connect without putting my personal info out there for everyone. If you can figure out how I'm more than willing to chat.

  7. WarblingLisa
    Kirsten, I love your story. I hope you'll share an update with us to show your continued progress. Also, please share any tips or tricks you used to stay the course. Thanks!

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