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I get many questions from my friends and clients about what my body/skin actually looks like now that I’ve lost over 100 pounds.

Clients ask, “What will I look like when I lose weight?” Everyone is different and the answer is it depends. I think it most important to concentrate on how your body feels – not what it looks like.

Clients ask, “What will my skin look like?” Again, everyone is different. This is my experience: My Skin is dimply and saggy in places. In other places the skin looks great. I was worried about wrinkles on my face. Now, I totally don’t care. I love the way I look. I so much love my body and my life that having wrinkles is not even on my radar anymore. Someday, down the road, I might consider skin removal surgery after I get to my goal weight and body fat percentage.

Nobody really comes out and asks: How much do you weigh? I weigh 200 pounds, give or take. I haven’t weighed myself in three weeks. I was having an issue with weighing myself constantly and I’m in the middle of a 30 experiment.  Stay tuned for a blog post on the results.

How tall are you? 5’7

What’s your body fat percentage? According to my last DEXA scan spring 2016: 38%

Sometimes people ask this question,”You look like you’d have a bigger body fat percentage why?” I have a lot of lean body mass for my weight. I’m very strong and I have dense bones, according to my DEXA scans.

How old are you? 52 years young

How did you lose the weight? read below:

The photo on the left is what I looked like between about 2008 and 2011 at my heaviest. I started losing weight by cutting gluten in early 2012. I found out I have a severe gluten intolerance which causes horrible joint pain, muscle pain, and tremendous inflammation. I started Take Shape for Life/Medifast in July 2012 when I went from 267 to 213 Jan 2013. I became a health coach for TSFL.

In November 2012, I had an egg plant sized ovarian tumor and the remaining girly parts removed. I suffered from PCOS my entire reproductive life.

In February 2013, life happened, we moved from bush Alaska back to Anchorage and I stopped Medifast and went back up to 250 almost overnight. I became clinically depressed and went to therapy to try and figure out what was wrong with me.

I went back to Medifast, but the weight would not come off. I remained gluten free. Medifast is a low fat, low carb and lowish protein diet depending on what meals you eat – usually less than 70 carbs a day. And you eat every few hours. No matter how stringently I adhered to the Medifast plan, I would not lose more than 2 lbs in a month. I talked to the nutrition team and the nurses TSFL has for support, but no one could figure out what my problem was. I was taking thyroid medication at the time.

In August 2014, I went to a low carb whole foods diet. Then I went keto. I came out of my depression and started weaning off Cymbalta. (Titrating off Cymbalta took months and was horrible.)

In February 2015, I went zero carb and I spent the next 18 months continuing to research, study and experiment: I’ve had medical lab tests, tested blood sugar many times a day, tested blood keytones many times a day – for months at a time. I’ve spent months on only rib-eye steaks and water. I’ve eaten to satiation. I’ve eaten for increased keytones. I’ve eaten to my macros. I cut dairy. I cut coffee. I cut all sweeteners. I even cut bacon! I fasted for 21 days. I’ve done it all. And I started lifting weights.

My zero carb journey healed my body, balanced/regulated my hormones, built muscle and lost fat. I’m strong. I’ve healed my thyroid. I don’t take any medication except 1mg estridiol/night.

In late January of 2016, I started incorporating leafy green vegies back into my diet and nuts. However, I still don’t eat from the plant kingdom with any regularity.

2016 has been the year of activity. I have really upped my daily movement, I got a FitBit, and I upped my competitive shooting training as well. I also re-learned how to hula hoop. A week ago, I signed up for weight training coaching with Luis Villasensor from Ketogains. I want to get stronger, faster and really optimize my health.

I plan on being around living a healthy optimal life for the next 50 years or so.

If you’re looking to improve you health and quality of life, schedule a mini coaching session and let’s get started. Click here.

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