When I was 16 I started aerobics and when I got to college I started Weight Watchers. I sweated and counted my way down 20 pounds
, then I'd gain it back. I'd sweat and count my way down 20 pounds again and then I'd gain it back
. I did this successfully for years.
I became a chiropractor and new mom at the same time. I graduated at age 34 and had my first daughter at age 35. Calorie counting and exercise still worked. What I didn't know is that I was messing up my hormones. All that calorie counting and sweating was creating hormonal imbalance. I didn't know it, though. I still felt great.
In my late 40's I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's. That's when your body attacks your thyroid gland. I also went through menopause. That is when everything changed.
NOTHING that I did worked anymore. I kept watching what I ate. I'd gain a bit and try to lose it. I'd gain more. I ate every couple hours to keep my metabolism going. I went gluten free, dairy free, ate paleo, drank Bulletproof coffee and did Whole 30. I did the Autoimmune Paleo protocol and gained 2 pounds. While other people were doing all these plans successfully, I kept gaining weight. I was super frustrated!
I dropped my calories down to 1200. It didn't work. I started sprinting and doing HIIT. That didn't work either. I increased my calories and started doing strength training. You can probably guess that didn't work either. No matter what I did, I could NOT lose weight.
What I did NOT know is that hormones control everything related to metabolism and weight loss. And the advice I had been given wasn't good advice.
I'm 52 now and I finally figured out how to get my hormones working for me, and not against me. I'm going to be sharing what I've learned, and you are invited!