going from hangry to happy.

Hey everyone! I hope I can create something kind of cool here. My name is Emily and I L-O-V-E food and have been hating myself and my body lately. Recently I changed my instagram name and started posting some foodie/weight loss things. Come to find out I am actually having so much fun posting recipes and I’ve been losing weight while doing it. I have been feeling 100x better by eating nutritious food and the social media aspect seems to keep me accountable.
IMG_0123My life story pretty much goes like this: I have struggled with weight my entire life. Since I was in middle school I have been shopping in the “Plus” section and haven’t really known any other way to be. When I was in college my mom went through gastric bypass and I think this may have been the first eye-opening experience I really had with realizing what being overweight can do to you. Multiple people in my family have Diabetes (mom’s and dad’s side) so that is just another reason I am running from the hills of obesity.

In 2014 I hit a wall. I was feeling like I was never going to escape my weight problem. I have tried (almost) everything diet wise and nothing seemed to work. I wanted surgery. Afterall my mom did it, so why can’t I? So I went through all of the motions. I went to all of the meetings, lost 5% of my body weight (this was required by insurance) and got all the way to the appointment where I met with the surgeon to make a date for surgery. The surgeon walks in and takes one look at me and tells me I don’t need surgery. AFTER ALL THAT EFFORT, WHAT?! He asks me if I have ever tried diet pills. I was freaking out. So upset. He prescribed me Phentermine and Topiramate.

At that point I had already been eating pretty well and losing weight so these pills just enhanced my weightloss. I was not as hungry and it was FABULOUS. I lost 40lbs. I was at my lowest weight since probably middle school. I was wearing size 16 and even that was getting to be too big. My confidence was at a all time high.

Then it started messing with my uterus (you werent expecting that were ya?). These pills were making me bleed for weeeeeeks on end and it was terrible. The reason I correlated this is because I would stop taking the pills and as soon as I started them back up I would start bleeding while being in the middle of my birth control pack. Promise I am not making this up in my head, I did do a little research and spoke with my doctors. So I finally stopped taking it all together.

Then the weight crept back. I started dating someone and got REAL comfortable REAL qick. I started working my first big girl job and shoving fast food/froyo in my face. In the midst of everything I stopped caring about myself.  So here we are. I have gained every pound back and I’m trying to do things the right way this time. No pharma and lots of cooking 🙂

I refuse to starve myself, so if you are someone who is looking for a little inspo from a girl who isnt afraid to eat and make it healthy – then you’re in the right place.

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