My Health Journey
Hey y’all! Some new faces around here, but really I wanted to come on here today to intro the new brand and tell y’all a little more about me and why I made the switch from @blackgirlpaleo to @lowcarbshawty. I realized I’ve never really given y’all my story so here it goes, (strap in for a somewhat long post, sorry!)
I would say my health journey journey really started back in 2014 when I joined a CrossFit gym and learned about the paleo diet. I really latched on to the idea of eating clean and cutting out processed foods, but I also latched on to some really wrong and potentially harmful ideals such as MEAT all the time! Lol. That was my interpretation of the paleo diet, was to cut out processed foods and chemicals, and eat a bunch of meat. So anyways fast forward, and I am probably the healthiest I have been ever in my life despite being an athlete since middle school. I weighed around 190 lbs, was hitting PRs left and right at CrossFit, was probably one of the strongest girls at the gym and just physically felt great! But then I injured myself and things started going down hill.
Fast forward to 2017 - about 2 years after my knee/back injuries, and I had gained so much weight that I was now the heaviest I had ever been in my life. I weighed over 250 lbs and honestly just hated the way I looked. Although I had stuck to a mostly paleo diet between 2015-2017, I definitely let myself cheat more often than when I was living an active lifestyle. I remember the day I looked in the mirror and was just absolutely appalled at the way I looked. Over the course of those two years I went to doctors and got MRIs on my knees to find nothing wrong. Every doctor I went to just kept saying well if you lose weight your knees and back will feel better. But all I kept thinking, how can I lose weight if it hurts to work out?
I finally said enough was enough and started working with a trainer at a gym. The workouts were fine, they helped me slowly get some of my mobility and confidence back, but I just wasn’t seeing there results I wanted in terms of weightless. So in 2018 my girl @p_newnew and I finally got a personal trainer @supanovafit. And we got straight to work! She is an amazing trainer and unofficial life coach, and I gained more from working with her for the 1.5 years that I did consistently than from any other gym/coach. (Check her out!)
But unfortunately over a year in and we still weren’t seeing the results that I wanted. I was working out 5 days a week, I had cut out meat from my diet, and was still limiting the amount of processed foods I ate. I was doing seemingly everything right, but in that time still only managed to lose about 20 lbs over a year and a half- and that was on a good day. So I begrudgingly made a Dr. appointment to see if there was something else going on. There is a history if thyroid problems in my family so I thought for sure it was hormonal imbalance which is why I couldn’t lose the weight. So I went, I got my blood work done and bam - nothing wrong with my thyroid. But what they did find were that my blood sugar were high. So I had to come in for another round of bloodwork and they determined that I was now a Type II Diabetic - and that my cholesterol was high.
I was SHOOK. What? I don’t even eat meat anymore, and I have cut out most forms of sugar for the past 4 years. How could I be diabetic and have high cholesterol?? It just didn’t make sense. After talking with my doctor and a nutritionist more I learned that this was one of the reasons why I was struggling to lose weight. That because my body does not process sugars correctly it can cause weight gain, or make it more difficult to lose weight.
So here we are. I am now a diabetic, with high cholesterol and low carb shawty is my way if reclaiming my life back. I know that through diet and exercise I can lose the weight and reverse this diabetes. I know because when I was really committed earlier this year I was able to drop 10 lbs in a month. I am here to share my journey with all of you and to hopefully inspire someone to life their life to the fullest. I won’t let a setback like this derail or define my life. I gave myself 2 weeks after I got the diagnosis to be upset and since then it has been a fight to reclaim my healthy and happiness.
So see below to see what my commitment to y’all and myself are with this page. I hope you stick around for the journey, tell a friend, and help me turn this passion project into a full blown brand! ❤️