All things are Possible

I am so excited to introduce to you a beautiful young lady who has become a dear friend to me. She is not only gorgeous, but a wonderful Godly woman and a great example of hard work and motivation! Her friendship has blessed me in many ways! I hope this encourages you as much as it has me! Without further due here is my Very first Guest Blogger!

My name is Jannete, I am 26 years old, a wife to my husband of almost 6 years , and a mom to an almost 4 year old little princess.

I decided to make a change on may 18th 2017 . It had been a few days since I had visited a zoo with my daughter and my little sister. There was an exhibit about condors and it shows you how far its wings spread. I snapped a picture of my sister with her arms spread out and then she insisted that I take one too .. I was not very fond of pictures, but I didn’t want to make her feel bad so I took the picture. I didn’t look at it right away but when I got home and saw it I just cried.

I did not understand how I got there. I had done so many things in the past all sorts of diets and meal plans and I was considering weight loss surgery by this point and working on getting my family on board.

About 2 months before that horrific picture my best friend had mentioned to me that the doctor of one of her close friends had put her on a special diet and that it had been about a year and she had gotten her self healthy . She proceeded to tell me a little about it since she didn’t now a whole lot . Basically she said you eat fat to lose weight ,I remember thinking that she lost her mind , but I promised that I would look into it . I did and I found it. Keto ! I remember reading things like fad diet and ketoacidosis and hair loss, but I also things like starves cancer , reverses meds, epeliplsy treatment, so I continued to search. I spent about a month researching and reading. And I was convinced it was a good thing but it seemed so hard to do . You see it wasn’t a diet it was a life style change , and that’s not something I wanted to do, and not only that but I would have to cut down to 20 carbs a day!!! That seemed all but impossible! So I left it at that but after that picture I told my self I had to try it . The worst that could happen is that I wouldn’t lose weight and nothing would change.

May 22nd 2017 was the day I started. That first day was terrible, I was starving and wanted sugar!I was also to scared to weigh my self so I didn’t. About the third day in I told my brother that didn’t know if it was worth it . Then I weighed in 325lbs I couldn’t believe it that made me so sad, but it made me push forward. By the end of that first week my body had adjusted and I had more energy and mental clarity than I’d had in a while and the scale had moved down to 311lbs . Here I am a year later having lost over 100 lbs (since I’m not sure what my starting weight was). I am currently 219lbs and still losing. I have the energy for a full day and to run around with my 3 year old daughter . I no longer hate what I see in the mirror or in pictures and it just the best I’ve felt in a really long time. In no way does it mean that I dont have bad days, I’d love to know someone that doesnt , but this way of eating literally gave me my life back. I no longer feel like a stranger in my body and I love it! I’m comfortable in my skin most days and I no longer care if clothes makes me look bigger than I am. I remember the day my husband was in our restroom brushing his teeth and i slipped past him to start the shower , he stopped and looked at me , and I just smiled. You see normally I would have to ask him to move because I didn’t fit in the space to be able to slip by him. And so many more non scale victories.

Its definitely been a hard process but it’s been worth it. I just stop to think if I hadn’t done this where would I be today ? Would I be alive? What quality of life would I have ? And would the people I love suffer because of it ? It’s your decision to make a change or not to buy your decisions have a direct impact on the people closest to you. Anyway I still have a lot of work to do but this has been an amazing start!

-Jannete-

Thanks for reading today! If you have any question for Jannete or how this blog encouraged you comment us! God loves you so much, have a great week! 😊

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Can I Just Just Be Honest?

As I sat down and reflected on the past few months I’m so thankful for honesty and being able to be transparent with others. There is something so freeing about it. Sometimes admitting what your hidden struggles are, aren’t so easy. Not that I go around sharing my junk with everyone, but there’s special moments and opportunities to be able to. Sometimes I just need people to listen, to pray for me, give me some wisdom and insight, truth,  or encouragement

In November of last year I had to let Crossfit go. As hard as that was for me, financially I knew I had to. Leaving meant that I wouldn’t have as much accountability I had and I was going to have to step up my game and help myself continue this journey. But it was also a reminder of all I have learned and take that and use it. Recently I was remembering a conversation I had had with a a former gym friend when I first started crossfit. He had come up to me and told me he wanted to share something with me. He was telling me about his journey of losing weight and where he started. The pics he showed me encouraged me so much. I couldn’t believe how far he had come. As we talked he just told me to keep going and not give up. That it’s hard but it’s worth it. We shared our struggles and insecurities we have had as over weight people. I’ve never really had the opportunity or wanted to share such a personal struggle of being in public through out the years of being an over weight person.

His warm kind listening ears made me feel safe and that I wasn’t being judged. At the end of the day it’s my decision to make the right choices for myself. And even as a believer being obedient to take care of the body God has given me.

I literally have started from scratch. I haven’t don’t much lifting yet but I have been running 2 miles a day with an incredible support system. They probably have no idea how much they mean to me. Today we start 3 miles. The food part which is definitely important, I am still working on! My heart is overwhelmed by the people who are in my life who continue to bless me with just a listening ear, encouragement, truth, and love me unconditionally. That’s a powerful thing!

I pray you have people in your life that can love and encourage you as well!

Jesus loves you! Have a blessed week!!

My challenge to myself this week: what in my current diet can I let go of that holds me back from getting to where I need to be?

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