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Throughout my entire life I have been overweight and tried so many different ways to lose weight. I had tried Weight Watchers, low fat, low carb, Medifast, Diet Center, cutting out sugar, etc and nothing seemed to work. With every new "diet" I was miserable. I was always hungry, always in pain, and always struggled to lose weight and keep it off. I struggled with cravings, emotional eating, and bingeing. Life was becoming dreary. In 2016 I got to the point where it was uncomfortable to walk, to put on my shoes, and to sit in my car. I was terrified about travelling back home to see family because I would have to sit in an airplane seat. I cried a lot because of the pain I was in and I couldn't see an end in sight. I was worried about what my future would look like. Would I develop diabetes? High blood pressure? Would I become house bound?

On December 26, 2016 I decided I had had enough. A few months before that date I had begun to read about the ketogenic lifestyle. On that day I decided to start keto (despite having dozens upon dozens of cookies from Christmas in the house). I cut out all pastas, breads, potatoes, rice, fruit, sweets and high carb veggies. I drank a ton more water and started taking vitamins.

I had finally developed the mind set that I needed in order to change my life. I realized it was my job to fix my health problems. It was my job to create the type of life that I wanted.

Since starting this new lifestyle (and starting keto) I have much less pain in my body. My mood has changed drastically from depressed and pessimistic to optimistic and happy. I enjoy getting up in the morning and starting the day. I have become more assertive and strong minded and I try my best to help others. I have way less swelling in my body and it doesn't hurt to move anymore. I have much more energy now and overall life has become a lot better. Each day now I see more and more non scale victories (as well as scale victories!)

When I look to the future I can see an end to my weight loss. I can see reaching my goal now, when before I never could. I can see the "healthy me" standing at the end. I can see continuing keto for life because of all the positive changes it has given me.

Before I started my goal was to "shop in a normal store and wear normal clothes." Now, my goal is to "become healthy and happy." And I am well on my way!

Member Since: 10/1/2011

Fitness Minutes: 12,200

My Goals:
Get healthy
Start running (yikes!)
Develop my own keto recipes (including desserts)
Be able to shop in a non plus size store
Feel better physically
Be in ONEderland
Have more stamina
DONE: Not feeling uncomfortable sitting in small seats
DONE: Reduce swelling in my body
DONE: Lessen my knee pain

My Program:
I am currently eating 1200-1400 calories per day. I also try to have one veggie per meal (even breakfast if I eat it). I have cut out as much sugar as I can.

I am now also keeping track of my macros and calories after I hit a plateau.

Right now I am rowing and swimming with some walking thrown in. I am hoping to do something like kettlebells or hand weights as well as cardio like Walk Away the Pounds for a while until I can work up to something more higher impact. I also throw in a little yoga sometimes.

Personal Information:
My name is Sandy and I currently live in central east Michigan. I currently work in a high school teaching (and mentoring) students. I enjoy reading, baking and cooking, gardening, making wreaths, drawing, creating recipes, glazing and painting ceramics, creating beauty products like sugar scrubs and lotions and I am currently trying to get into making other beauty products as well as wax melts and candles. I live with my husband (married August 9, 2019) and our cat Sophie. We hope to adopt another kitten soon!

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    Welcome to Walk Away The Pounds Team. I am Sharon and glad to have you along. When you get a chance let me know when your birthday is. One thing we like to do is celebrate everyone's birthdays.

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    Just dropped by to say - Hi. and welcome you to The “~INDYGIRL CHALLENGE” Team
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