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Now that you’ve heard about Ethan’s journey to good health, I’d like to share mine with you, too. My weight loss journey has also been an ongoing process, but just recently started to really take flight. Growing up, I had some medical issues that caused me to gain some weight early on. I saw a nutritionist in the 6th grade, and that helped me lose some weight. I can’t really say that it put me on a path to good health, though, as that was during the time of the “sugar free fat free” craze. So in the 6th grade, I was drinking a lot of diet coke and eating a lot of fat free mayo. Not the most nutritionally sound diet. Nonetheless, through my junior year in high school, I was happy with my body.

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Around the time of my Junior Year in high school, I started to put on some weight. I remember very clearly the day, senior year, that I went to the doctor and the scale said 150 lbs. I am only 4’11”, so this is a significant number for my body type. Through my first two years of college, I had a bit more weight gain, but nothing too significant. And then, within the span of a year, my best friend, my grandma (who raised me), and my uncle died. I moved back home and food and beer was my nightly routine. I really put on weight. This trend has continued into my 30’s.

a less than flattering photo from our wedding day.

I’ve been through every “diet” out there. I went all organic. I went Paleo. I did shakes. All the “lifestyle changes” that work for other people had virtually no effect at all on me. I was getting fatter, and worst of all, we now had 3 failed fertility treatments under our belt. And my fertility specialist said, “you need to lose weight.” OUCH.

3 months ago I started seeing a nutritionist. It was the first time in a long time that I’d consistently lost weight. It was exactly what I needed. Why hadn’t I thought of this earlier? The first 4 weeks of visits with my nutritionist were difficult. I felt like nothing was happening. The loss was too slow. Only a pound? Something HAS to be wrong with me, because this isn’t working either. And my wonderful, amazing nutritionist just laughed. She told me to relax, quit stressing, and just wait. “I’m telling you, this will work. If it doesn’t, I’ll pay YOU!” And she was right. With lots of adjustments and tweaking, we found what’s right for me. I’m now 17 pounds down in 3 months. I see changes happening in my body. I’m actually excited to put on clothes that used to be too small and now fit the way they should. I know this journey will be long, but it’s worth it. I’m looking forward to, in a year from now, having no weight left to lose, and looking like I’ve never looked before. It’s an exciting thought!

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Besides my nutritionist, I’ve used a few things to aid in my weight loss that have helped me a great deal. I use a Fitbit to help me track my steps, activity, and sleep. It’s a great gauge to help me see how active I’ve been throughout the day. I track everything I eat in MyFitnessPal. This really helps me see how my choices throughout the day effect everything from my hunger to my mood. Another thing that has really helped keep my confidence up in this process is taking side by side pictures. It helps me see my progress, especially when I’m wearing the same outfit! I use Diptic to make these side by side photos. You can also follow along with my journey on Instagram with the hashtag #GetFitWithTheNook.

I have a long way to go, but I’m really proud of my progress. The most amazing part of this weight loss has been my renewed faith in my ability to have a baby.

I hope this post inspires people to believe in themselves. You really can do it! You just have to find what works for you! I’d love to hear any additional advice you have to give me! Feel free to leave your stories and advice in the comments!