Hello, My name is Tammy.
Nice to meet you! So here is a little background about me. I am a 44-year-old mother of 2 pretty cool young adults. My son Casey is 23 and my daughter Taylor is going to be 21 in a few weeks. I am married to the love of my life (well not technically). We went through a rough spot and got divorced but ended up back together. In May it will be 25 years.
I have been heavy most of my life. After an injury at work caused me to have back issues, I ended up seeing a doctor about getting surgery on a bulging disk. The doctor told me it would either help or make it worse and at that time they really didn’t know how it would go. I had been told that losing weight would help so on Christmas 2002 I decided to try it, and on December 31st I ate half a pan of marshmallow creme fudge and went to bed. I woke up January 1 and went to my first Weight Watchers meeting. I didn’t look back and in less than 18 months I had lost 128 pounds, and I didn’t step one foot in a gym to do it.
Fast foreword to 2008. Life started getting me down, marriage issues, foot issues. By this time I had started going to the gym and walking 3 miles a day. I worked at a cosmetology school and wore high heels. This made my feet very bad so I quit walking. The betrayal of my best friends set me into a spiral that lasted … well I don’t really know how long. But I lost something, my willpower, my control. My entire life was spiraling downwards, and I had absolutely no clue how to stop it. Then my parents died, then I broke my arm, then I quit smoking.
I had gained back every pound I had lost and then a few more. My back hurt, my knee hurt and it was getting hard for me to move around. I was embarrassed of what I had become, of what I allowed myself to become.
January 1, 2016
I started starving myself. It was a 2-day cleanse and then 2 shakes a day and a sensible meal the rest of the week. I lost 15 pounds doing that, but it sucked!
Then Jim told me about low carbs … February 1, 2016. I decided to start eating low carb/high fat and wow what a change that has been! I joined a bunch of low carb Facebook groups and started learning as much as I could. Asking every question I could think of, trying to figure out anything I could.
To be honest the hardest thing was learning what to cook and how to cook it. I found many YouTube channels I love and lots of great Facebook groups with lots of great recipe ideas.
I am just beginning my journey. I hope you come along with me. I hope you learn with me. I will share my life with you and what I am doing. I lost at first, then for a few weeks I didn’t. I quit using Splenda. I started taking potassium, calcium with D3 and Fish oil … OMG TAKE FISH OIL!!! It helped so much with the chronic pain in my knee. So much so that February 1 I started a 30-day Squat/crunch challenge. Yeah it took me about 42 days … But I did it!
This WOE (way of eating) is for life, it is challenging, it is different for everyone. My goal is to help as many people as I can, and it will be a learning experience as I go. I plan on doing vlogs, creating a cooking channel on YouTube and much more. So stick around – it is so worth it! So let’s do it! It is all worth it in the end!
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