Hi, I'm April.. a 34 year old single mother of 4 currently working toward my goal of shedding 160 ugly unwanted pounds. With 4 young children depending on me, (one being a 6 year old with Cerebral Palsy), losing weight is not only a long time dream of mine, but now a required necessity I must accomplish.
I started my fight against fat back in June of 2006 at a miserable 310+ pounds with the goal in mind of someday "hopefully" reaching 150 lbs or at least a comfortable size 12. To be honest, at that time.. a goal of 150 pounds was more than I ever thought possible, as I've tried so many times in the past to lose weight but was always unsuccessful no matter what I did.
After kick starting my weight loss efforts with a 12 day organic juice fast, I began reading online.. doing research on how I was going to properly come off my fast and right into healthy eating. It was around this time I discovered a lady by the name of Kimmer... the founder of a new low carb / low fat diet called Kimkins.
I read several hundred messages posted by Kimmer online in a popular low carb weight loss forum where she was actively sharing with others how she had successfully lost almost 200 pounds within a years time and has also managed to maintain that weight loss for over 5 years now. As my curiosity increased, I decided at that time to put her advice into play for myself. I just had to see if were true or not and if it would work for me like it was for so many others she was coaching.
Low and behold fat began melting off of me at lightening speed, just as she said it would. My first week alone I dropped over 10 pounds. Though this was very exciting at first, I found it hard to stick to. The food plan was very strict (not to mention boring), consisting only of lean meats, eggs, and enough oil/fat to make your menu work. She also allowed very limited amounts of salad type vegetables... but not enough to excited about.
Because of this, there was always temptation for me to want to go off Kimmer's plan onto another where I was allowed to eat things like cheese, bread, and my favorite .. CEREAL! However, every time I allowed that to happen, my weight loss either slow down drastically or stop all together. There were even a few times I managed to somehow GAIN weight, like I did when I was on Atkins. Therefore it was always a hard lesson learned and back to Kimkins I went. Somehow the boring menu just didn't seem to matter as much to me anymore. I was more interested in the steady weight loss than anything else.
I eventually ended up joining her new online "private -- members only" weight loss group for support and encouragement. Needless to say my weight loss began to pick up and pounds began falling off me again; one, right after another, after another. Now looking back, it was one of the best things I've ever done for myself, without doubt.
To date, I have successfully shed 97 pounds with just 63 to go. For the first time in my life I see "goal" as a very real and achievable thing... something I've never been able to do before. Comfortably fitting into a size 18, a size 12 don't sound so impossible, actually it's just right around the corner and I can hardly believe it.
The only thing I regret is not following through on Kimmer's plan from the start. I would have saved myself a lot of unnecessary heartache and trouble... not to mention all that cash wasted on other diet plans I've tried that failed.
With other foods eventually worked back into the maintenance part of her program, like dairy, fruit, and grain. I know I will be successful at not only achieving my goals but sticking things out in the long run as well. The best thing of all is that I am able to keep up with my children a lot better than I ever have before. To me, that's just been priceless! Thank you Kimmer for giving me the knowledge and help I've needed all this time. Because of this, I am looking forward to a very bright and "thin" future with my kids.
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