“It’s like having a new life”
Judi had to buy clothes from big and tall stores. She had trouble walking up and down stairs and fitting in chairs. She needed a breathing machine to sleep and was on several diabetes medications – and she felt judged by people. Life was not good.
When the scale displayed the number 303 pounds she got scared. She finally decided to try an LCHF diet… and it changed her life:
The before photo is from when I was very heavy. I had to buy clothes from big and tall stores. Nothing would fit me. I was embarrassed. The after photo is at 110 pounds (50 kg) lost. It’s really comical. I’ve lost 20 inches in my waist.
Before I started the LCHF lifestyle I was 303 pounds (137 kg). I am 60 years old and I was on a terrible road to disaster. I had type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. I was using a CPAP every night in order to sleep. What made me suddenly do something about my health was seeing 303 lbs. on the scale at the doctor’s office. It scared me. I had heard a little about the low carb/high fat way of eating and decided to do more research. The day I started, 1 May, 2015, I was on a weekend holiday at Niagara on the Lake in Canada. What a thing to start doing… on a fun trip!
It hit me hard when I was trying to keep up with my family and I was too tired out to walk a lot. Going up stairs was too hard. Fitting in chairs and feeling like I was being judged by others became uncomfortable tasks. I could not continue to let myself be sick. The insulin I was injecting was increasing monthly and still not getting my numbers down. The doctor wanted me to take two blood-pressure medications. I was getting more and more sick. I decided it was going to stop.
Now it’s been 43 weeks since I started my new lifestyle. I have lost 110 pounds (50 kg) and have 40 lbs. more to lose in order to meet my goal. I was able to stop both diabetes medications (insulin and glipizide) within the first six weeks of LCHF. After about ten weeks, I was able to stop all blood pressure medications. At about five months I packed my CPAP machine up and stowed it in my closet. I am amazed at what I can do. When I was 303 pounds (137 kg), I could not walk down a flight of stairs facing forward, one after the other. I labored at one step at a time, sideways. I can walk around a park with my grandchildren now. It’s just amazing. I can get up off of the floor!
I think the hardest thing to do was just start… I had the knowledge in my head. I had to take the first steps and keep going. The headache, leg cramps, and hungry feelings had to be dealt with. I did the research and found that if I stuck with it and did not waver, I would no longer feel most of those things. I found that I had to keep myself busy to not think about food at the beginning. I also found that I needed to have some sort of substitutes in order to stay on track. I made fat bombs and oopsie bread. I kept with the plan and continue to do so.
I wish I had known about LCHF a long time ago. I could have been healthier long ago. When I was in my 30’s I was hospitalized with an eating disorder. I lost weight, but the wrong way. When I got better from that time in my life, I gained even more weight. My body was confused and my set point was moved up. I felt terrible and scared.
This is me at about 100 pounds lost. I am so much happier. I can shop at all types of stores for clothes now. It’s exciting. It’s like having a new life.
Dr. Eenfeldt, you may share my name and my story. If it helps someone else, I am happy to share.
Congratulations, Judi! What an amazing transformation!
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