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  • My Keto Transformation: 32 Inches and 22 Pounds GONE. How I Did It– and How YOU CAN TOO!

    This Keto Transformation of Mine Will INSPIRE YOU to Try Keto I Guarantee It!

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    If you are looking for a keto transformation to inspire you, I’ve got you covered. And I have no problem saying that and feeling arrogant AT ALL! I’ve waited too long and worked too hard for this. My keto transformation WILL inspire you and this blog post will share how my keto transformation can be just as much a keto transformation YOU can achieve– TRUST ME on that one. That’s why you’re here right- doing research on the keto diet to see if it really works- to find a REAL PERSON with a REAL KETO TRANSFORMATION right? I did the same thing. I was super skeptical and didn’t want to do keto but it’s changed my life and transformed my body and I’ll never go back. So let’s get started with me sharing my keto transformation story from start to “finish” or – to where I am today (32 inches down and 22 pounds lighter) on December 21, 2021! WOOT!

    Why I Decided to Go on the KETO Diet in the First Place!

    The truth is I did NOT want to go keto at all. It was my new functional medicine doctor who “prescribed” this approach for me and after a lot of back and forth where she explained to me and had me read a lot of articles/books and listen to a lot of podcasts to understand– that the keto diet combined with fasting is essentially the magic bullet solution for women like me with hormonal imbalance and metabolic damage (i.e. the inability to lose fat). I finally took her word for it and just went for it. You see- for the past 5-10 years really…I’d been stuck. I’d been this woman who was just NEVER ABLE TO GET ANYWHERE with my fitness. I was always at different phases of “overweight”. Ever since my hormones had started changing around age 40, it had been an uphill battle for me. I’d started getting things BETTER by getting on bio-identical hormones, but the weight situation was STUBBORN. Most people who knew me probably wouldn’t describe me as overweight. They wouldn’t call me chubby or fat or say “she could lose a few pounds”– most people thought I was fit. I had the blessing or curse of gaining fat in all the right places– I just got curvier. I never got a big gut or looked HUGE. But I felt it. And in the last 2-3 years it seemed to get increasingly HARDER. It seemed that the harder I tried to diet and exercise, the fluffier I felt. So- Last summer I threw my hands in the air and realized that I had give up trying to solve this issue on my own. I hired a trainer and started a Reverse Diet. That was hard to do, trust me. Then I fired my last functional medicine doctor and hired my current doctor who is a miracle worker. She told me I’d need to keep doing the reverse diet for another 6 months before I could start dieting again. And last year at this time, I was getting married and in the depths of SOME SERIOUS ESTROGEN DOMINANCE. Y’all, I was seriously eating humble pie when it came to my body and my health. I had to throw my hands in the air and SURRENDER. I was not in control but I had faith in my new doctor. I really did believe in her. THANK GOD I CHILLED OUT AND DID WHAT SHE SAID. 

    This photo above was taken the week of our wedding in November 2020- in Austin TX. This was at the height of my estrogen dominance. My boobs had gone UP a size from 36D which I’ve been my whole life to 38DD and they were sore AF. You can see how much I’d gained weight in my hips and thighs, I was just THICK and I felt it. I was horrified when I saw this photo but I am so glad I have it now. Because I can tell you without question, my weight gain/boobs situation was not due to me sitting around eating junk food and not working out. You’re looking at the photo of a woman who until a couple months before this – was working out 6 days a week every week and eating 1600 calories a day every day and PUSHING IT in every day. Could not lose weight. At some point your body like not only pushes back but FIGHTS YOU. 

    Embracing the Keto Way of Life

    By May 2021 my doctor told me I was eligible to diet again. That’s when keto came up and my resistance came up. But I finally went for it. Now at first, I was sloppy keto big time. What do I mean by that? Well, the truth is, I kind of lived on keto fat bombs (this one recipe I made that satisfied my sweet tooth big time) and spinach dip. Like THAT IS ALL I ATE for the first few weeks. Y’ALL– THAT IS DUMB. But-  can you lose some weight that way? Sure. You can also lose weight doing a lot of dumb s**t but– don’t do it. It’s not healthy or sustainable. My own husband was like “babe you can’t live on spinach dip”. So that’s when I started doing some instagram stalking– looking at other keto people and I wanted to find HEALTHY people and see what they ate and how they worked out and so on. I found a lot of cool fit healthy people and that’s when I discovered how many people were down with the exogenous ketones— and that’s when I got reconnected with Pruvit and ordered like 75 boxes of ketones (thank God I did they have changed my appetite and cravings FOREVER!!!) I followed a bunch of people, ordered some cookbooks and started shopping at Trader Joe’s for some keto staples– I got creative with my meals- I diversified. Pinterest is your savior here– all you gotta do is go to Pinterest and type whatever it is you want to make and add the word keto to it, there is a keto version of every recipe out there it’s crazy! With each week, this keto life became easier. Here’s how it went. I did that sloppy keto in May- wasn’t taking it seriously but started to see/feel leaner. Decided to do this for real, and do it right and measure/weigh myself when we got back from our vacation, starting June 1st – I placed my first ketones order and was ready to get serious and level up. After I started drinking the ketones 2x a day, I noticed a massive difference in my energy during the day (which is significant because I have had adrenal fatigue problems for years and just prior to taking ketones I was having to take a nap every day at 2pm for like an HOUR– not anymore) and my CRAVINGS and APPETITE are forever changed. I am simply not ruled by food anymore. I never snack! Seriously. It is LIFE CHANGING. I believe so strongly in these ketones — of course I became a distributor. So– see me to get you and your loved ones started-  your life will never be the same. I’m telling you. Also- I never had “the keto flu” or “keto breath” or constipation. None of that. But– Steve and I have always put fiber in our coffee and inulin so maybe the fact that we had already been doing that, prevented the constipation situation. I also focus on food diversity– making sure to eat salads and TRYING TO eat more green vegetables (but you gotta watch it, you’d be SURPRISED how many green veggies have carbs!!!) So- again, each week, eating this way — 50g of carbs or less, 50-60g of protein and the rest healthy fats (1600 calories) became SO EASY. I can still drink (I do ketones with hard alcohol or drink Sauvignon Blanc) and I eat amazing food and never feel like my life sucks simply because I’m not eating bread. I have steadily lost weight at about a pound a week– with a few weeks where I was at the same weight but losing inches. Then I added in these TRIM supplements I take now (yea, you’ll want to ask me about them and yea you’ll want to get on them and yea I’m a distributor too, you knew that was coming!) and I was surprised how that jump started the weight loss again- within the next week I was down 2 pounds and 3 inches. It’s legit. Here we are in December- I am walking around feeling more confident in clothes (and out of them) than I ever have in my entire adult life. I’m 2-3 pounds away from my first goal weight and all of this happened with me BARELY WORKING OUT (that was not the plan by the way– was dealing with migraines).

    Who Am I?

    keto before and after transformation

    Y’all- the photo above is one I shot very quickly, because I wanted to have one shot of me in workout clothes similarly posed, to show the difference in my body today vs that photo of me last year at the height of estrogen dominance and while I was in the weight loss waiting room. So forgive the informality of these photos but they make the point- and I am also LOL-ing at the instagram one below– my eyes are bugging out!! You know why– probably because I was in shock. Y’all I’m not lying. The past 5 years or so I have AVOIDED FULL LENGTH MIRRORS at all costs. I hated how I looked and didn’t want to face it. So when I was on this trip and had this full length mirror in my cottage and saw myself I about died! The difference is remarkable, my whole body shape is changing! This is what happens when your hormones get corrected — the areas where fat was deposited previously – release the fat. LADIES— I AM TELLING YOU. If you are like I was– struggling, and doing excessive cardio and dieting and killing yourself and wondering WHY CAN’T I LOSE WEIGHT— trust me that I have learned what the fix is. You gotta get your hormones addressed (and I have just the doctor for you, she takes telemedicine appointments!!) but you owe it to yourself to do this keto + fasting + ketones + supplementation thing I’m doing. I’m getting certified as a keto coach I’m so passionate about it– who is ready to take that first step and be in a keto challenge with me in January? Leave a comment if you want information because this can be your year. Look at me- I started off this year feeling UGGGGHHH and I’m ending this year feeling like a supermodel! you can SO DO THIS. What questions can I answer about the keto diet? Happy to help!

    keto diet before and after 3 months

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    If you enjoyed this post, I’m guessing you’ll want to check out these other posts as well. What I typically eat in a day on the keto diet: CLICK HERE. Hypothyroidism and Losing Weight, Why They Aren’t Mutually Exclusive: CLICK HERE. Is Losing Weight After 50 Possible? CLICK HERE. You should also check out my FREE Keto Kwik Start Guide if you haven’t grabbed yourself a copy yet: CLICK HERE to do so.

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  • The BEST Shapewear For Dresses! My Top 10 List of Shapewear Favorites For Dresses, Tops and Faux Leather Leggings Too!

    Looking for the BEST Shapewear for Dresses and Faux Leather Leggings and MORE?

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    If you are looking for shapewear for dresses for the holiday season – look no further. In this post, I will share my top 7 shapewear for dresses with you and these are pieces I’ve been relying on for YEARS. Whenever I recommend these shapewear for dresses (or tight tops or jeans) to my friends, they ALWAYS come back and say to me “OMG THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR RECOMMENDING THAT SHAPEWEAR TO ME!! It’s life-changing!!”- I’m not joking. I firmly believe the right shapewear for dresses and for tops and for jeans CAN BE transformative. I promise you’ll feel the same if you go out and buy some of my recommendations. You’ll stand more confidently and everything will be different for you after that. Confidence is a game changer. 

    So, let’s get started looking at my top 7 recommendations for shapewear for dresses for the holiday season, shall we?

    Shapewear: It's not just control top pantyhose anymore

    I remember when the only options for us used to be control top pantyhose. And I bought them all!!! Then I actually used to buy CORSETS from Frederick’s of Hollywood and I wore them under my suits! I kid you not! NOT very comfortable. Thank God for Sara Blakely and now other companies because there are some wonderful options. Let’s talk about it!

    My Top 7 FAVORITE Shapewear For Dresses and More. Stock up NOW!

    The Ultimate Back Smoothing Bra & Body Shaper by Shapeez

    The Ultimate BACK SMOOTHING BRA & BODY SHAPER

    This is actually one of the first body shaping products I bought and I think I heard about it via the Oprah show way back. Let me tell you something. This is by far one of the best things you’ll ever buy. If you get annoyed when you wear a tight top and you see the bra lines in back- even the slimmest of us have them, YOU GET THESE and don’t have to wear a bra because they are the bra (and ladies I’m a 36D, trust me they perform just fine as a bra!!) and the lycra tank smooths you out and holds you tight around the middle so you FEEL tight and– NO LINES — GAME CHANGER!!!!! You’ll wear more form fitting tops than ever with confidence trust me. I have these in the shorter version and the longer version and in black and in nude. The other great thing about them: when you get the longer version they are fantastic to wear with mid-rise jeans. You sit down and they can cover up that plumber butt situation. BONUS. This model above is wearing The Ultimate: CLICK HERE TO BUY. 

    SHAPEEZ THE DEMI LONG

    This is the Demi Long version, I have this one too and highly recommend it. Again, I recommend all the tank top versions but if you shop around their site, I can’t imagine anything they sell being not fantastic. And if you care for the product right they last forever, — meaning HANDWASH ONLY and hang to dry. 😉 CLICK HERE TO BUY this model. 

    Maidenform Shapewear Wear Your Own Bra Firm-Control Body Shaper 2556

    This has been one of my top go-to shapewear pieces for the past 5 years and I have bought it in nude and black again and again. It’s a best-seller at Kohl’s and I can see why. CLICK HERE TO BUY. This is an ideal piece of shapewear for dresses, I’m sure you’d agree. 

    Maidenform® Shapewear Wear Your Own Bra Firm-Control Body Shaper 2556

    As you can see this is a pants/shorts kind of bodysuit. And you can wear your own bra. This can be worn under jeans and a top, which I was doing for quite a while when my hormones were jacked and I gained all this weight around my middle– I had the odd situation where all my pants fit me everywhere but my waist and I was especially paranoid and uncomfortable with mid-rise jeans when I would sit down. One, because they’d ride down so low and I’d worry about my butt showing but I’d also feel that my waist would just be jellyfishing over my jeans waistband. Wearing these at least made me FEEL more tight– when I was feeling uncomfortable in my body. Fast forward to today where I’ve lost so much weight, I still use these but more for smoothing out lines under tight dresses and also I notice sometimes under faux leather leggings– some of them, you need to wear something like this or — I can’t describe it, around the crotch area it just looks WRONG. It looks like people can see your junk, you know what I’m saying? I feel that wearing shapewear underneath you keep your stuff private 😉 This is GREAT to wear under any dress, it’s great when you are losing weight and even after you’ve lost weight- I swear by them. Also— back to what I said above — another solution to low-rise jeans. No more worries about bending down and flashing your butt crack to everyone. 😉

    Spanx Suit Your Fancy Plunge Low Back Mid Thigh Bodysuit

    I have to give Spanx credit- this is one of the most brilliant creations on the planet for reals. If you have a dress with crazy skinny straps and a low neckline or low backline but you have (real) boobs and need and want to feel tucked in and lifted up– this is your dream. NOTE: when you buy this and put it on, do not judge it until you put your dress on over it. You’ll think it’s not going to support the girls. You’ll be wrong This is all you need. It’s PERFECT. I mean. So perfect. I want to marry it. You must buy it. In both colors. You’re welcome. So brilliant. CLICK HERE TO BUY. 

    SPANX Suit Your Fancy Strapless

    If you like the above and below options, you’re gonna end up buying a strapless option like this. That’s finally what I said to myself. Why not? ONCE YOU REALLY REALIZE HOW DIFFERENT LIFE IS WITH GOOD SHAPEWEAR, YOU INVEST IN THE GOOD STUFF.CLICK HERE TO BUY.

    Spanx OnCore High Waisted Mid Thigh Short

    NEVER would I have thought that a pair of shapewear like this would fit and stay put and be comfortable– but this does the job. Last night I wore this under a dress with a strapless bra and felt totally tucked in and comfortable and slim and AWESOME. You could wear these under a suit under jeans under anything really. CLICK HERE  to buy.  Sometimes I have dresses where I don’t need to wear a bra (believe it or not) and yet I want shapewear o the bottom, this fits!

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    While you’re here, you may want to check out some of these latest posts and videos: Sexy Holiday Fashion For 40+ Females: CLICK HERE. Hypothyroidism and Losing Weight: How I lost 22 Pounds After Being STUCK for 10 Years! CLICK HERE. My Daily Makeup Routine: Tutorial CLICK HERE. Why Healthy Fats Can Be a Problem When You’re Trying to Lose Weight CLICK HERE.

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  • Hypothyroidism and losing weight: How I lost 22 pounds after being STUCK for years.

    Hypothyroidism and losing weight: they aren't mutually exclusive. Learn more.

    If you are like me, you’ve probably thought that hypothyroidism and losing weight were indeed mutually exclusive things. I’m here to tell you that this is not true, and in fact that you can be losing weight with hypothyroidism. I’m living proof: I’ve recently lost 32 inches and 22 pounds (since June 1st of this year) and I have hypothyroidism. Having hypothyroidism and losing weight isn’t EASY, that’s true. It requires extra effort and some sacrifice. But if you are willing to do the work, losing weight with hypothyroidism is within your grasp. After reading this post, you’ll realize that hypothyroidism and losing weight can go hand in hand, if you practice the right diet and are supplementing (I’ll get into all of that below) and addressing your hormones. Let’s not wait any further, let’s get this hypothyroidism and losing weight discussion GOING shall we– that’s what you came here for, right?

    What Most Women Don't Know About Hypothyroidism and Weight Loss.

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    What most women don’t know about hypothyroidism and weight loss is that (and this is strictly my opinion and my experience talking- but backed by my doctor’s experience and opinion backed by her extensive research/data)– your hypothyroidism is far LESS the reason for your inability to lose weight than you think. WAIT, WHAT? read that again. It’s not a typo. So many women think hypothyroidism and weight loss is a perpetual cycle of going nowhere and the reality I discovered is that- -it’s not the hypothyroidism situation that’s the problem. We’ve all been focusing so much on our thyroid and ignoring what we should be focusing on; INSULIN RESISTANCE. Crazy right? I remember my last functional medicine doctor saying something to me like “I don’t know if we’ll EVER be able to truly repair your thyroid….” and I was devastated…..I think that’s because we’ve all read and heard so much about hypothyroidism and that it means you can’t lose weight. So when we find out we are hypothyroid- which MOST OF US ARE– we obsess about fixing that. And we read everything about thyroid and fixing the thyroid– has this been you? Is that what drew you to this post? I get it. I was there for YEARS until this year. Or actually until last October when I hired my new doc and she said “it’s not your thyroid that’s the problem with you losing weight, it’s your insulin”. 

    Why Insulin Resistance is the REAL problem, not necessarily the thyroid situation.

    So, please know as you read this post, I’m coming at you from my own experience– and my own experience, if you are new to this blog is this: for the past decade or so, I have been on the weight loss STRUGGLE BUS. Even though I am a fitness fanatic, love working out and even enjoy eating healthy and dieting – and even though I have constantly been on a diet for the past decade (literally nonstop) and have worked out for 6-7 days a week 1-2 hours a day- I was always 20-25 pounds overweight. A lot of people thought I was “fine” because I was just “curvy girl” but I FELT every pound. I could not lose. Even when I started seeing functional medicine docs and getting on bio-identical hormones, I’d lose 3-4 pounds but gain it back. I had a brief period in 2017 when I did the HCG diet injections where I lost a good amount of inches (not pounds) but I gained it back (my doctor explained when I met her that until I fixed my hormones, that would continue to happen– I’ll be interviewing her on my YouTube channel on these topics so stay tuned, she can explain it better than I can for sure)– I just strugggggglleeedddd!!! And last year the end of the year was the LOW POINT, I clearly had some major ESTROGEN DOMINANCE going on (see before photo below)– MY BOOBS went up a whole size and I just couldn’t fit in anything. I had to go up 2 sizes in jeans and workout pants– it was the worst feeling……BUT when I hired my current functional medicine doctor and did my first consult with her she told me I had to give her 6 more months of working on my hormones — and during that time I was laying off the hard workouts, I was in a REVERSE DIET and I was prepping for the “right” to diet again. You see, I had to take a break from dieting after all those years. But in that consult, my doctor told me my primary issue to focus on was FIXING MY INSULIN. And I later learned that when women enter into perimenopause their bodies essentially automatically become insulin resistant– so all of us should be moving in this direction as we experience hormonal imbalance that comes with aging…..

    The Best Diet For Insulin Resistance and Weight Loss (and Hypothyroidism!)

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    I’ve told you my background. I was truly desperate to get to NORMAL. I was willing to do anything and probably at the point where I thought that nothing would work. I felt like a freak to be honest. I felt broken. I mean, here I was eating organic healthy foods all the time and working out and I was overweight. I could only wear 1/8 of the clothes in my closet. I was not comfortable naked or on a beach. I hated it. When my doctor finally told me in May of this year that I was cleared to diet again I was like SOCK IT TO ME DOC and she emailed me my macros and they were…..keto. KETO??? WTH?? Y’all. I was so not into this you have no idea. I had made fun of keto. I thought it was a joke. I thought it was the diet that people who aren’t serious about being healthy do. But the doc gave me all this data to support why it’s good for women over 40 with insulin/hormone imbalance and so I begrudgingly decided to do it. FAST FORWARD TO TODAY I am 32 inches and 22 pounds lighter. I literally do a double take in the mirror about every day. I look better now than I did in my twenties. I’m 4lbs away from my goal weight. It’s been the easiest “diet” to do– I eat a diverse selection of amazing tasting foods– my husband is NOT keto and we still enjoy cooking together and eating together without having to do ‘his and hers”. I drink alcohol. I haven’t cheated once. I don’t feel the need to “go off” this diet. It’s my lifestyle now and in fact I’m becoming a certified keto coach early in January so I can coach other women with a certification behind me. I’m so passionate about getting the word out because I TRULY BELIEVE THIS IS THE MISSING LINK FOR WOMEN AGED 40+ with hormone imbalance– because you probably have insulin issues and when you go keto– BAM– you solve that problem! EASY PEASY. All those years I spent wasting my time chasing down how to solve thyroid issues when it was all about INSULIN– funny thing is when I FIRST got my first set of bloodwork done it showed I was insulin resistant and I remember that was the one time I did research and cut out corn/potatoes gluten etc and lost 10lbs FAST……and a year or so later I added that all back in. ;-( I forgot about it. I never will again. NOT EVERY WOMAN HAS INSULIN PROBLEMS but– if you are that woman who cannot lose weight— you — I’m telling you- you’d be crazy to not consider RUNNING DOWN THIS PATH. Grab my hand, I’ll run with you and be your guide. I know this can change your life like it did mine. WHAT QUESTIONS DO YOU HAVE ABOUT INSULIN RESISTANCE AND KETO AND SUCH? HOW CAN I HELP?

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    If you found this post helpful, you’ll probably like these as well: How Can A REVERSE DIETING PLAN Help With Weight Loss? CLICK HERE.  How to Reverse Insulin Resistance Naturally. CLICK HERE.  How to lose weight after 40. CLICK HERE.  To get my FREE Keto Kwik Start Guide– CLICK HERE
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