Food has always held a special place in my heart. I especially enjoy the food that contains copious amounts of sugar. I realized I had a problem when I was eating one to two pints of Ben & Jerry’s every week. I’ve always been the kind of person who MUST have dessert after dinner, MUST bring candy to the movie theater and MUST eat ALL of it (Momma didn’t raise no quitter!) Long story short–I developed an extremely unhealthy relationship with food. Looking back, I feel as if I always had food in my mouth! When I was sad–let’s eat! I’m happy–let’s eat! Oh, it’s shark week? FORGET IT! I ate just to eat and I was eating all of the wrong foods. I couldn’t even fathom eating a meal without bread or rice. As you could probably imagine my weight went up quite a bit. In 2014 I weighed roughly 133 pounds. I was active, strict with my diet and on a mission. Well, that didn’t end well. I slowly slipped into a self-sabotaging binge roller coaster. Once a week I would have a cheat meal. The cheat meal turned into a cheat day and then of course into a cheat weekend. The next two years my bingeing just continued and grew more severe. By the beginning of 2016 I weighed in at a whopping 176 pounds. Depression and anxiety were beginning to take over my life, and numerous alarming health problems began to develop. I just couldn’t live this way anymore. So I started dieting and exercising vigorously to no end. One month later–a three pound loss! That’s it, three pounds! I was working out 5 days a week doing HIIT exercises (that are best for fat loss according to my research). So, obviously I was distraught and knew that something REALLY had to be done. My wedding was three months away and I wasn’t in any way prepared to face all of my loved ones–forget my fiance–in my wedding dress the way I looked and felt at that moment. I had heard of the Keto diet, but didn’t know a lot about it. I saw people losing large amounts of weight in a short period of time, and I wanted that so badly. I had become a stranger in my own body and was desperate to get out! I got on YouTube and began my research. My first thought about Keto? “Uhm, that’s definitely not healthy to eat less than 20 grams of carbs in a whole day!” “High fat? Do I want to die of a heart attack before the age of 25?” Obviously, I didn’t know anything about anything. I watched the Fat Head documentary and it changed the way I saw everything. I was also watching numerous people on YouTube lose the weight and be in the best health of their lives. I needed that. So, I began. I cut carbs to 25…then to 20. I upped the fat to over 100 grams a day (I never thought I would see the day). The first week I lost about three pounds. Fast forward to now, I have never felt so good physically, mentally and emotionally. I feel healthy in every aspect and I’m continuing to lose the weight. I documented my weight loss progress to keep me accountable but I ended up finding so much more than that. I found a community of wonderful people, who want to support and learn from each other, and I’m so happy to be apart of it.