My name is Lizzy, I am 33 years old and I have lost 40 lbs, at the same time gained so much.
My story of weight loss begins in June, 2017. I wanted to lose weight, yes, but it was not a priority, even though I weighed 270 lbs. In addition I struggled with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), excess and prolonged bleeding, uterine polyps that kept coming back and hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), while being obese.
To break it down: instead of pads or tampons I had to wear diapers during my bleeding times which sometimes lasted for over a month, had to be stopped with hormonal therapies, at other times I had to take pills that provoked contractions to try and expel polyps in order to avoid further uterine scaring which in turn lower my possibilities of becoming pregnant. My immune system was horrible. Couldn’t walk much because of the bleeding, constant pain in my abdomen prevented me from any form of exercise and my underactive thyroid made sure I gained weight constantly and with an alarming speed.
The doctors kept telling me to lose weight, to eat less and move more. I tried different diets, low calorie, low fat, low carb, low, low, low, Atkins diet, moon diet, cabbage diet, soup diet, rice diet, banana diet… Nothing helped. I would diet for a month without results and my doctors would say that I have to be patient, it would take time but I was young, I had time… No, I didn’t want to waste any more time on being on different pills, different therapies, spending time hospitalized, but I had no options, which brought on depression, which in turn brought on not even caring anymore and eating whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted.
Once I came to a point where I could not bend down to tie my shoes without looking like I am choking to death and feeling like I am having a stroke, I decided to get some help, but not the doctors… I wanted someone to help me with everything.
Thank God for Leila!!!
She started coaching me. First of all, she made me feel good about myself, not embarrassed for letting my weight get so out of control because she knew the feeling, she used to be obese herself. She was very positive, never once made me feel like a failure if I didn’t stick to our plan strictly. If I would say that I ate a nutella cake, she would say something along the line of “It happens! Don’t worry about it now, but be aware that you can’t do it on a daily basis.” She kept me in line, without making me feel horrible and then she would add “Was it good?” and laugh. When I would get stressed, she would remind me of hormones that are rising, which begin this chain reaction of hormones going into a crazy overdrive, and help me calm down. She thought me how to deal with stress, what is the process of losing weight scientifically and leading me through that process with such ease. The best thing is, it is all natural, no pills, no surgeries, no medical treatment at all. At the beginning I didn’t even exercise.
The first thing that I noticed, four weeks into the program, wasthat I stopped bleeding!!! WOW!!! One month in and there was no abdominal pain. Six weeks in and my feet didn’t hurt on a daily basis. By which point I lost about 20 lbs!!! In six weeks!!! I became more flexible, I can squat, bend and jump with the best of them. Tie my shoes and take my sweet time while doing it, no choking or fear of imminent stroke on my mind. Depression is long gone. My overall health simply improved.
Now, 50 lbs lighter, I am still on health improvement journey with Leila, with what once seemed an impossible goal, curing my thyroid and my PCOS seems a reality, it’s just a matter of time.