Oct 31, 2018 « Back to The Skinny
My name is Amy Miller, and I am 37 years old. I just became a mom for the first time in August 2017. Many people will think “you just had a baby, of COURSE you gained some weight!” but my descent into being overweight happened long before I even got pregnant. You CAN be overweight and pregnant, and the whole “eating for two” thing is just a thing people like to say, and others like to listen to.
I had historically been thin. As a person in their 20s, I was always pretty thin. I walked or biked everywhere, watched what I ate, went vegetarian (which is NOT a great weight loss diet by the way) for about 7 years, and managed to stay between 140-150 lbs. Then I turned 30. Once that happened, I slowly (but steadily) started putting on weight. I blamed my age, my metabolism, my sedentary-ish lifestyle. I tried really hard to change things, to no avail. I just kept putting on more and more weight.
I became a full-time zookeeper in 2013, and that seemed to help. I dropped some weight, was always active, and things were good for a little while. Then I started grad school and could not be as active as I had been. The weight started creeping back. In the fall of 2016, my now husband and I started trying to get pregnant. By this point, I was about 160-165. We were successful, and I steadily put on some weight during my pregnancy. At my heaviest, while 9 months pregnant, I was over 200 lbs. It was devastating.
After the baby was born, I was still hovering right around 185. I tried going on a lower carb diet to shed some of the weight. I was told that breastfeeding was inhibiting weight loss. I started only eating protein, vegetables, low carbs snacks and breakfasts, and in the month I went back to work from maternity leave all that hard work only lost me 2 lbs. I was defeated, sad, and miserable.
Then my work offered a weight loss program for free with our health care plan as a pilot starting in January of 2018; I jumped at the chance. I had tried so many things in the past to lose the weight; Atkins, GI diet, low fat, trying to eat less but being miserable. Nothing had worked, so I figured I’d give Naturally Slim a try. What did I have to lose after all, except 30-40 lbs.?
I started Naturally Slim on January 8th, 2018. I didn’t buy it at first. But, I watched all the videos and listened to EVERY word. I started dropping weight like crazy! 8 lbs in the first week alone! By March I was down 20+ lbs, and it just kept going from there.
It is now November 2018, and I have lost about 60 lbs. I am a size 4. I was a size 14. I have a few struggles (I eat at night, which is a weird thing that I have been combatting for a while now). However, I still use all of the techniques that I was taught in the first 10 weeks, I try my hardest to stay away from sugar, and I have never put more than a few pounds on. In fact, I traveled for my wedding a couple weeks ago, and actually came back a couple of pounds lighter than when I left!
This program has given me what I never thought I would have: food freedom. I LOVE food. I love cooking it, buying it, eating it, talking about it, watching it on TV. It was SO hard for me to try and be a thin person while engaging in my love of food. Now I feel that I can travel, go to parties, cook, watch cooking shows, try new restaurants and recipes without being anxious that I am going to put on weight. I tell everyone I know struggling with weight loss to give this program a try. It has changed my life, and I couldn’t be more grateful. Thank you!!!!!!
Thanks for sharing your story with us Amy!