The Most Unexpected Way I Lost Over 100 Pounds Without Surgery

Inside: Learn the exact diet, exercise plan, and mindset I used to lose over 100 pounds naturally without surgery and keep the weight off, feeling healthy and thin for the first time in my entire life.

Before I get into the story of how I lost over 100 pounds without surgery: why is this crafts and DIY blogger talking about weight loss? Like all the home improvement and creative projects I do, I took my DIY know-how to my weight-loss journey.

This is me in September 2020 heading out for a date with my boyfriend, after losing over 100 pounds without surgery:

Jennifer Priest September 2020 in black puffy babydoll dress with black and white striped wedge sandals

I've been sharing my story on my personal Instagram account for almost a year and have gotten many of the same questions over and over again:

  • “How did you lose the weight?”
  • “What diet are you on?”
  • “You inspire me! I've struggled with weight loss and I think I can do it after reading your story … how do I start?”
  • ” Are you exercising a lot?”
  • ” What's your secret?”

Inspiring others while sharing my journey has been a sweet reward … then I realized I can do more than inspire.

I can share exactly what I did to lose over 100 pounds naturally

My goal is that if you're struggling as I was, that my story gives you the inspiration for your own journey to become the fit and happy person you want to be in this lifetime.

I am not giving you weight loss advice

I am not a weight loss expert. Or doctor. Or nutritionist.

I am not giving mental health or psychological advice.

This post is me sharing my own story and experience … you can take from it what you will.

In reading this post, you release me from any liability in your own actions and thoughts that come from reading this.

If you are inspired by what I share here and truly do want help with your own weight loss journey, please seek help from a professional before starting any plan.

Thinking that you’re ready to lose the weight?

Keep reading my story to see how I did it and why nothing else worked before … I bet you’ll find some similarities with your own weight loss journey.

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What triggered me to finally lose weight after a lifetime of obesity?

My feet started to swell uncomfortably as I was sitting in a meeting room during a conference I was attending in beautiful Austin, Texas.

I reluctantly switched to flip flops and pulled on the ugly compression socks I used for all my flights since I surpassed 300 pounds on the scale.

During a bathroom break the zipper on my jeans busted because my belly was protruding well beyond my pants' bounds.

I couldn't enjoy myself because of my obesity

Despite the pain, after 3 long days of learning at the conference, I was excited to be spending a few days exploring Austin with my son and husband. We had plans to visit famous barbecue spots, check out the cool arts districts and murals, see the museums and explore the history … it was going to be a glorious couple of days filled with miles and miles of walking.

Uh-oh. WALKING.

My feet were screaming at me before we started.

I sat down every chance I could get.

I could not walk during this vacation

My legs were so big that my underwear chaffed … I bought the largest size of new underwear I could find at the store. The leg elastic rubbed my groin raw.

I had to buy bigger pants

My jeans ruined, I tried on jeans at the plus size women's clothing store I usually shop at and they didn't fit.

I asked for a larger size: 28.

The clerk informed me that they don't “go that big” and I needed to go to a different plus size store that carried the “larger sizes”.

I bought the ugliest pair of pleated navy chinos in size 28 and cried as I put them on.

Size 28?!

Jennifer Priest in Austin with sunglasses on in March 2018

I was miserable

I was puffy.

My feet hurt.

I only saw a fraction of what I wanted to see during our trip to Austin.

I felt guilty for any of the food I ate.

I felt guilty for making my family wait while I rested or miss out on things altogether because we were looking for more “fat” clothes for me or I couldn't fit, couldn't walk, couldn't do.

I dreaded the plane ride home because I knew I wouldn't fit in the seat, my feet would swell again, and I'd be embarrassed asking for a seat belt extender because I didn't fit in the “normal” seat like a “normal” sized person.

I weighed the most I ever weighed

I got on the scale a week after I got home and had started back on paleo.

316 pounds.

I never imagined I'd be over 200 pounds.

I must have been over 325 in Austin …I was too scared to get on the scale until a week after I got home.

My health problems from obesity made life unbearable

I had a handicapped placard.

A couple years ago, I was issued a cane and a walker for my knees and back.

My doctor told me the next step was a wheelchair. And once I went to the wheelchair, I'd never be fully ambulatory again.

I suffered from a multitude of health problems:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Sleep apnea
  • Chronic persistent gout
  • Chondromalacia (chronic knee pain)
  • Leg swelling
  • Adema
  • Skin rashes
  • Skin fungus
  • Ear irritation and skin irritation with jewelry
  • Allergies
  • Stuffy and runny nose
  • Constant chronic cough
  • Cystic acne
  • Body acne
  • Swollen feet
  • Vertigo
  • Swollen fingers to where I could not wear my wedding rings
  • Out of breath
  • Couldn't walk more than 20 minutes
  • Inability to stand still for more than 5 minutes
  • Avoid stairs at all costs
  • Couldn't run
  • Chronic dandruff and scalp issues
  • Thin hair
  • Thin fingernails
  • Bad gas and digestion issues
  • Acid reflux and heartburn every night
  • Waking up in a sweat every night
  • Inability to nap without a CPAP machine, even on a plane or in a car
  • Tennis elbow
  • Chronic shoulder pain
  • Carpal tunnel … I even had surgery on one hand! And typing was so hard I spent  years dictating most of my blog posts and emails
  • Hip pain
  • Back pain … I could not go to the movies or do long road trips for over a year because sitting for more than 10 minutes caused me intense pain
  • Muscle knots in my back and shoulders to where I was taking muscle relaxers on the regular
  • Neck pain and tension, regularly feeling like pulled muscles and pinched nerves
  • Fatigue and exhaustion
  • Atrophied and weak muscles
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Painful, prolonged menstruation resulting in hysterectomy … I wish I could undo that knowing what I know now.

At age 41.

Seeing this list in its entirety is embarrassing and overwhelming.

These health problems were not from old age

I felt like these problems were all from age and just par for the course with getting older.

I had no idea that it had to do with my weight … and all the other issues surrounding that weight gain, including emotional baggage and eating processed foods, even though they were labeled “healthy.”

Everything had to change.

Weight loss surgery seemed like the obvious choice. And my doctors agreed.

What happened when I tried weight loss surgery:

I've been “overweight” or obese my entire life. People were always trying to help me with unsolicited advice. My weight was a sore point I was reminded of every day. I wrote a post about how to talk to fat people in response …

I tried every diet in the book: South Beach, Atkins, Weight Watchers,  low-carb, low-fat, six meals a day, blood type diet, cabbage soup diet … I'd be hard-pressed to name a diet I had not tried and failed.

When I was trying to get into the Army at age 18, I was eating as little as 500 calories a day.

How I tried to lose weight in the past

I tried weight loss pills, fat-blocking pills, weight loss shakes … none of it worked.

Every year, despite all the dieting, I gained about 5 to 10 pounds, and my physical activity had fallen to almost nothing.

Me in 2016, when my doctor recommended I try weight loss surgery

On my Veteran's Administration (VA) doctor's advice, I started the process of getting weight loss surgery in 2016.

Going through the VA, I was required to complete more steps than through a typical doctor's office. This included counseling, a psychological evaluation, multiple GI tract tests, and more, taking almost a year to complete.

Why I decided against weight loss surgery

During a final orientation before surgery, the VA team shared the risks of gastric sleeve surgery and Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass.

It might not work.

It might result in dumping syndrome for the rest of my life … that's diarrhea!

I left dismayed.

What if I got the surgery and it went WRONG?

I could never undo it.

My dad, my ex-husband, and many other people I knew got the surgery. They never fully reached their goal weight.

Worse, what they could eat was restricted forever.

Forever? And not even reaching the goal?!

The risks from weight loss surgery outweighed the benefits for me

I realized that if I could not eat properly to lose weight now, I would not be able to eat to maintain the weight loss from surgery. And with all the risks, there were more cons to weight loss surgery than potential upsides.

I called the nutritionist and canceled my last GI appointment for February 2018 and pending surgery date.

I still had all the weight to lose.

All the health problems that went with that weight.

I needed a solution

I had heard of the benefits of keto and watched several friends lose massive amounts of weight on the keto diet.

Keto seemed similar to Atkins, which I had done during the early 2000s.

I jumped right in because who doesn't love bacon and eggs, steak, and lots of butter?

I tried the keto diet

My intention with keto was to follow it while I lost weight and figured out another diet to maintain my weight for the rest of my life.

I could not envision myself drinking bulletproof coffee and eating so much fat for the rest of my life. 

I knew keto was not sustainable for me long term, yet I wanted to lose the weight so badly, it sounded like the only real option.

Looking back, keto wasn’t going to work for me for the same reasons that weight loss surgery wouldn’t work: if I didn’t find an eating plan that I could stick to for the rest of my life, none of the weight loss was going to stick long-term, either.

My challenges with keto

I started losing weight with keto.

Yet, I had massive sugar cravings and lots of cheat days and could feel the effects of any carbs I ate.

Because of my fibromyalgia, I tried to stick to an anti-inflammatory version of keto which meant no artificial sweeteners and limiting processed foods.
Not being able to have any sweet made the sugar cravings almost unbearable.

I started keto in late March 2018, and by July, I had stopped seeing any real results.

Hitting a plateau on keto

A friend of mine was running what she called the beef and butter challenge, which consisted of eating ground beef with butter and a pickle or small amount of vegetables as one meal a day in addition to bulletproof coffee.

I tried this diet several times in July and August 2018 and got results. 

However, I ended up feeling extremely ill by my third or fourth round of it, suffering from severe leg cramps and a vitamin D deficiency.

Why I Stopped Keto

While I was on keto:

  • My energy levels were very low
  • I had lots of leg cramps and muscle pains
  • It just didn't feel like quite the right fit for my body

I know a lot of people get amazing results with the keto diet, but my body didn't like it, and I was no longer getting substantial results.

I tried to go back to Paleo and a more natural way of eating.

The scale tipped back up over 300 pounds by Christmas 2018.

After Keto:

In February 2019, a friend shared that she was reading “The Obesity Code” by Dr. Jason Fung. I checked him out online, and his mission to stop vilifying obesity resonated with me.

I ordered the book on Audible and started listening right away. (Order yours here)

What Made Me Decide to Lose Weight Finally?

I loosely followed “The Obesity Code” diet while listening to the audiobook.

The audiobook, filled with the science behind what happens in our bodies as we consume and digest various foods, was painfully mind-numbing to listen to.

My kids protested riding in the car with me because they knew they'd be subjected to Dr. Fung's recitations about insulin, ghrelin, and gluconeogenesis. I hoped the kids would persevere through the boredom and pick up the knowledge in addition to myself.

The information shared in “The Obesity Code” was essential to truly understanding what's happening in my body when I eat or don't eat, undoing a lifetime of faulty nutrition and diet beliefs.

I finished “The Obesity Code” and immediately started reading “ The Diabetes Code“, also by Dr. Jason Fung.

I Started Intermittent Fasting

I began with a 16:8 fasting plan, eating low-carb, high-fat meals in an 8-hour window after fasting for at least 16 hours.

I lost about 15 pounds between February 2019 and August 2019.

High-fat, low-carb meals (LCHF) were expensive and difficult to find while traveling, which I did about once per month. As I'd done with every previous diet, I found every excuse not to follow the plan.

As a result, I spent a lot of time and money on food without fully following the plan, thus gaining results albeit slowly.

How I Lost over 100 Pounds… And How I Keep Losing Weight

The secret to my weight loss isn't a diet or exercise alone; it's mental and emotional.

In March 2019, I met a prosperity coach at a conference. We hit it off immediately.

He told me that I deserved nice things, that I should move to an area that reflected my personal level of refinement, and that he believed in me. I didn't even believe in myself. What did he know that I didn't?

I started working with a coach in May 2019 to improve my business income.

In September, we did a Mental and Emotional Release (MER) session, a technique for identifying and releasing emotional baggage based on Neuro-Linguistic Programming methods.

The MER session was the missing link for my weight loss and more.

Learn more about MER, including the clinical studies that prove its efficacy, in the book “Mental and Emotional Release” by Dr. Matthew James with Tris Thorp.

How Mental and Emotional Release (MER) Helped Me Lose Weight

Through the MER session the coach helped me identify the core issue preventing me from getting what I want in life. We released the negative emotions that were causing me to self-sabotage my weight loss and everything else I wanted in my life.

Weight Loss and Weight Gain are Emotional

My coach explained that weight loss is emotional. It was challenging to grasp the idea that weight loss is emotional when you’ve been raised to believe that weight loss depends on calories in and calories out (which “The Obesity Code” also debunks).

Emotional Baggage is Why We Gain Weight

When I think about the challenges in life, emotional baggage often gets in the way. Considering the challenges I’ve had in my business, career, and life, I can trace them all back to emotional baggage that I did not know how to release.

MER allowed me to safely and swiftly identify and release the emotional baggage holding me back from the things I wanted in life.

What Happened When I Released My Emotional Baggage Through MER?

Once the emotional baggage was released, following the eating plan was easy.

Exercising was easy.

How an MER Session Happens

The coach led me through a discussion and series of questions to help narrow down what was stopping me, the core issue behind my emotional baggage. Then we followed a process for releasing the negative emotions tethered to that baggage. This procedure took a few hours to complete.

Your journey and baggage will be different, and what mine was is not important; the real takeaway here is that MER can be used to release ANY emotional baggage holding someone back from what they want.

After MER

When I left the MER session, I felt lighter. Calmer.

I drove through 3 hours of bumper-to-bumper traffic with a peace and calm I had never felt before.

I Wasn't Hungry

More than the peace and calm, I wasn’t hungry.

I realized I had been feeding my emotions with food all these years.

Maybe I was never really “hungry” … I was emotionally starving and hurting, feeding myself with sugar, sweets, and processed foods, trying to salve my emotional wounds. It was a relief to no longer feel a deep, dark urge to fill my inner void with “bad foods” that would only make me feel worse.

I Was Elated After Mental and Emotional Release (MER)

I could not stop smiling.

A permanent smile plastered on my face.

I felt happy. I was really happy!

How I Started Intermittent Fasting, Empowered By MER

I didn’t eat the whole day after the MER session.

When we scheduled this coaching session, I thought we would be setting business and income goals for the next quarter.

Running late, I rushed out the door, stomach upset from my chronic irritable bowel syndrome, and decided not to eat until after the session. I was afraid another bathroom visit would put me even further behind schedule.

So I didn't eat. That day. And for five full days after that.

Intermittent fasting is a crucial part of the lifestyle taught in “The Obesity Code,” I have struggled with it since I first started following Dr. Fung’s teachings.

My First Multi-Day Fast

Inspired by the long fasts I’d read about in “The Obesity Code” and related Facebook Groups on intermittent fasting, I challenged myself and my newfound resolve after MER.

Could I fast for three days? A week? A whole month?!

I fasted for five days, consuming:

  • black coffee
  • tea
  • Miso soup
  • bone broth
  • water

Dinners Out During a Multi-Day Fast

At a sushi dinner with friends, I ordered a pot of hot green tea and a cup of miso soup. I felt completely satisfied and was not tempted by the delicious food on their plates.

On the evening of the fifth day, I felt hungry so I cooked burgers at home for my son and I, making mine lettuce wrapped. I broke my fast with that delicious bacon burger made with beef raised by my parents on their Arizona ranch. It was glorious.

My First Weight Loss After MER

In August 2019, I gained 1.4 pounds.

By the end of September 2019, the month I had the MER session, I had lost 20 pounds.

Intermittent Fasting was Key to my Weight Loss

I continued fasting between 16 and 24 hours a day, eating low-carb, high-fat meals when I wasn’t fasting.

Between September 2019 and January 2020, I lost over 80 pounds.

More Emotional Baggage Slowed my Weight Loss

I am continuing to lose weight, though the process has slowed as I encountered more emotional baggage standing in the way. I now know that the reasons I am eating are emotional.

And yes, the diet I am following has been crucial to my success.

My ability to follow that diet and my success with it can be attributed to finally releasing the emotional baggage that made it impossible to stick to the plan in the past. No matter what plan it was.

What Did I Eat to Lose the Weight?

Following “The Obesity Code,” I chose low-carb, high-fat foods the majority of the time.

On a Typical Day, I’d Eat as Follows:

  • Morning: black coffee, fasting
  • Between 3-4 pm: a handful of almonds or olives to break my fast while I prepare my one meal
  • Between 4-5 pm: one large meal, usually a salad with a whole avocado, one hard-boiled egg, 8-10 kalamata olives, 5-7 cherry tomatoes, 1/2 English cucumber, 1-2 chicken thighs or a steak sliced on top, keto style ranch dressing or vinaigrette, and sparkling mineral water like Pellegrino
  • Evening: Hot tea, water, and black coffee

General Meal Guidelines I Followed to Lose Over 100 Pounds

Salad isn’t the only thing I ate, but it was certainly one of the easiest meals to prepare. Largely I ate:

  • Protein as meat, fish, eggs, poultry
  • Fats like butter, ghee, bacon, olives, cheese
  • Nuts in small amounts
  • Berries every once in a while

Here's a meal I had in October 2019:

  • Two handfuls of cherry tomatoes grown in my garden
  • 1 cup Swiss chard grown in my garden, cooked with fresh garlic and sea salt
  • Two scrambled eggs with Mexican tarragon, cracked black pepper, and pink salt, cooked in butter

In December, I stopped eating dairy for about seven months and recently added cheese back to my diet. In my research, I found that dairy can cause inflammation, exacerbating some health issues I had in the past. I've since added cheese to my diet but am foregoing cream and most other dairy products.

Favorite Low Carb High Fat Recipes

How Much Am I Exercising to Lose 100 Pounds?

The main exercise I do is walking.

I walk about 1-2 hours daily.

For me, exercise is about improving my strength and muscle tone, not about weight loss or burning calories. 

I do some yoga, some resistance work with bands, and crunches and squats using a Bosu ball while I watch TV.

Life In The Fasting Lane” explains the fallacy of the calories-in/calories-out mindset that has made us think exercise is essential to weight loss. For me, exercise has had little to do with losing weight.

What's the Biggest Thing That Made This Weight Loss Journey Successful?

  • Realizing weight loss/gain is about emotional baggage 
  • Getting the tools and resources to deal with it on a psychological (MER) + physiological level (“The Obesity Code“)

My Weight Loss Formula:

This is the part I know you’ve been wanting, so I will make it very simple.

Here’s the weight loss formula I followed:

  • Diet: “The Obesity Code” – intermittent fasting with LCHF eating 90% of the time
  • Exercise: 1-2 hour walks daily, yoga or stretching a few times a week
  • Self-care: Daily meditation, salt baths, journaling, etc. More than I can share here but loving myself was critical
  • Emotional: MER session with a trained NLP Master Practitioner

Since this article was published, many people have approached me asking if I could help them. I pursued hundreds of hours of training to become a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, Mental and Emotional Release, and hypnosis, certified through the Association for Integrative Psychology. I specialize in working with online entrepreneurs and, keep a few spots open for people looking for coaching in the area of Physical Health. You can book a call with me here.

Weight Loss Was The Easy Part … My Life Changed in More Profound Ways

My life changed far beyond and far deeper than weight loss alone.

As a result of all of the coaching, self-care, and inner work I’ve done, weight loss became easy. Working out got easier to do. The resistance I felt in the past as I sabotaged my own progress and dreams fell away.

And when the resistance did come back, I had the tools to recognize what it was and work through it as opposed to the confusion, frustration, and self-directed anger I had experienced in the past.

Weight loss is a byproduct of the larger changes I made in my life.

Weight loss is the sexy part of this conversation … my goal is for you to take away that life optimization is really what I am sharing here. For that, you’ll need a coach and to go deeper on this journey than buying a book like “The Obesity Code”.

When you’re ready to change your whole life, if you ever are, and to stop sleep walking through life and instead be seriously woke about your purpose, that’s where you hire a coach.

I hope you discover that for yourself … it’s been one of the best things I could have done for my life, myself, and those around me.

Where am I now?

I’ve been on this weight loss journey since March 2018, with a huge pivot happening in September 2019 when I had the MER session.

In that time, so much in my life has changed for the better … here’s where I am now:

  • All of my health ailments have gone away. ALL OF THEM.
  • I take no medications or supplements regularly.
  • I can run up to a 5K without stopping.
  • I weigh between 203-209 pounds, hoping to cross into the 100s soon. I want to lose another 65 pounds to a goal weight of 140 pounds.
  • I eat … I eat a lot and enjoy my life. I do LCHF 80-90% of the time.
  • I fast 36 hours one day a week. And do 20-4 hour fasts and a few 16-8 fasts per week the rest of the time.
  • I walk 1-2 hours every day, usually barefoot on the beach at the water’s edge, doing between 10,000-19,000 steps per day.
  • I shredded my handicapped placard … watch the video here!

Have questions? I know I would … here’s where to start:

And the best place of all the get answers is to follow my journey in-depth at instagram.com/jenniferppriest

I’ll see you there … 

Congrats to you for reading this far … you definitely want transformation in your life, I can tell. Start today.

Today is the first day for the rest of your life. I did it … I know if I could do this, you can do whatever you put your mind to as well. You got this.

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Jennifer Priest is a 20+ year designer in the arts & crafts industry and home DIYer with a passion for creativity. An Army veteran raised on a ranch, from her experience, she shares smart DIY projects that save money and fun craft ideas that anyone can make. Besides blogging, Jennifer is a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, Hypnosis, and MER, and coaches other online entrepreneurs on money mindset, business, and living an intentional life. When not blogging, Jennifer is having adventures in the wilderness, on road trips, playing with her cats, and making paleo food.

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22 Comments

  1. Congrats on your success Jennifer. I wish you all the best on achieving your life, business and weight loss goals.
    Steph

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your story! I’ve always known in the back of my mind that most of what was holding me back was emotional baggage but I never wanted to accept/acknowledge that fact. You have inspired me to explore my baggage and get to a better place in life.
    I’m excited to start of this journey!
    Thank you again! And btw you look amazing!

  3. Jennifer, Congratulations on giving yourself this self- love, self-awarding journey. I did something similar about 8 years ago via WW. For me, it was the true fountain of youth. I hope you feel the same. According to that big smile in your photo, I think you do.

  4. Beautiful story! I’ve never heard of MER. I’m going to Google it. Fortunately, I’ve never had a big problem with weight but do want to lose 20 pounds because I’ll feel better about myself. I’ve never had a lot of self confidence. I know you’ll reach your goal. Your story is very inspiring.

  5. Congratulations on starting and continuing on your journey! It takes so much courage to do the work. Your post is inspiring. Much of what you said I know, in terms of the emotional reasons for being overweight. It has been my lifelong struggle. At this point, I need to lose about 30 pounds. It has been more in the past, but at 62 years old, I need to get a grip and lose it for my health. I’m going to read the books you recommended. I hope to get off my meds one day too! Again, congratulations! You have given all of us a gift with your post! Keep up the good work, be happy and enjoy your life!

  6. Oh my gosh, so glad I read this! You look amazing! I can totally relate tho how you felt! I am going to look into this and hopefully get the same results! Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Thank you so much for sharing. Congrats on all your hard work & your new way of life. You are very inspiring. Prayers for your continued success.

  8. Thank you for sharing your journey. I too topped the scales at 300 once. Always needed to diet. And I did it successfully, maintained 119 for many years. But emotional issues, comforted by eating always undid it. Then I would diet again and it became a roller coaster. As I got older (I’m 73 now), I am much more nutritionally conscious. I am at an ‘okay’ 150. I’m only 5’ tall. I tell myself I should do more walking, but it is sporadic. After reading your story, maybe I’ll be more motivated. As a single, working mom and raising a grandson, that season of my life spanned 50 years. I am retired now, empty nested, and paint, sew and quilt. I’ve probably done a multitude of other crafts in my life time. They gave me the gratification that life did not.
    Jennifer, I have so much respect for you, hang in there, especially with the walking, mindfulness and nutrition. Never use the ‘D’ word (Diet). It invokes depression, disappointment and deprivation. Stay positive, be all that you can be. Be good to yourself. Don’t let anyone bring you down. If there is a negative person in your life. Let them go! They are not for you. You are better than that. Good luck, good health and happiness.
    Avoid negative people, that’s the lesson I learned, it will undermine your much valued self esteem. You are perfect the way you are…..keep going. Goals will happen.

  9. How did you find your MER practitioner?
    I lost 50 pounds from Intermittent fasting but during COVID gained 27 back. I realize my issues are emotional and I constantly sabotage myself so this sounds like the missing piece of the puzzle for me.
    I just did a google search and am not finding anything in my area for this but maybe I have the wrong verbiage.

        1. Jennifer, I had my first session with Charles last week and he is amazing! I was really surprised that the all the pain I felt in my body had disappeared when we were done. I wasn’t expecting that.
          It’s expensive but I think this will definitely be worth it so I signed up with him to work through my issues and get my health back.
          Thanks so much for telling us about your journey.

  10. I am totally intrigued Jennifer with your journey! I just heard about the fasting program from my doctor and going to give it a shot! But you are so correct, the emotional baggage has to be lightened before the weight disappears! Thank you for sharing! How do I get this story in printable form to read frequently? Thanks so much!

  11. You are amazing and such an inspiration. What a wonderful thing you have accomplished, finding inner peace. I wish you the best in all of your new adventures.
    Tammy

  12. Wow! A truly encouraging true life story! Good for you! Keep on going, I wish you all the success you can get your hands on. ?

  13. Thanks so much for sharing your story Jennifer! I, too have a lot of emotional baggage and have several health issues related to my weight. You have inspired me. Hope I can can meet my goals as you have done!

  14. One thing I still remember clearly from my time studying nutrition in school is the emotional component of health, especially regarding food and weight.
    My professors were largely forward-thinking and tried to make it clear that calories in/calories out is an oversimplified and antiquated way of thinking. We discussed many physical and emotional issues that could contribute to a person’s weight. Addressing physical weight alone will never resolve the issues.
    I remember noticing how many of us had similar feelings of shame, guilt, inadequacy, and worthlessness that manifested in disordered eating and weight issues. Regardless of the number on the scale, we are all so similar below the surface.

  15. Congrats on the amazing weight loss and journey. I enjoyed reading your post. I have lost 124 pounds naturally (exercise, paying attention to my food intake, intermittent fasting), and your story resonates with me.

    I am now trying to integrate the person I am on the inside with my body, which is harder than I thought. Having a hard time finding people to connect with who understand this journey, and I’m wondering if you would ever be interested in emailing each other to share stories or connect over zoom?

    I’m not looking for anything other than the opportunity to connect and share stories of inspiration. If not interested, that’s ok too.

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