Reformed junk food junkie and queen of the drive thru.
I’m Stephanie – Reformed junk food junkie and queen of the drive thru.
Growing up, I ate anything that I wanted. I ran on Dr. Pepper, sugary cereal and everything with extra cheese. In my early 20s, I was still skinny but things changed. The energy that I had seemed to vanish, and I was exhausted and irritable most of the time. I developed terrible allergies, battled skin rashes, swollen eyes, headaches, asthma and chronic bronchitis. I also suffered from horrible PMS and painful ovarian cysts.
I never thought that it could have anything to do with food or exercise. I would have eaten crap forever. Except, I started putting on weight. I did what I had always heard you were supposed to do, I started eating low-fat foods – crackers and cookies that said low-fat right on the box. I ate cuisine that was lean, added up points and had big boxes of horrible food delivered to me. It seemed no matter what I tried, I was always hungry.
I resigned myself to the fact that I would live the rest of my life on allergy, asthma and blood pressure medicine. However, I also did my best to be invisible and started playing really small in many areas of my life. It was okay, until all of a sudden, it wasn’t.
In two years, we had four family members die. Even my cat died. It was more than I could process. I completely shut down and gained 25 more pounds that year and my blood pressure skyrocketed. Three years later, I had my second child. I weighed 170 pounds when she was born. I am 5 foot and 1 inch tall.
Just two months before my daughter’s first birthday, I was overwhelmed with a feeling of sadness. At 42, I had everything that I said I ever wanted, but I was exhausted, overworked and my marriage was imploding. I saw one of your programs on PBS and decided to give the 10-Day Detox a try. I cried the first three days, but by day 10, I had lost nine pounds and felt amazing.
I started on September 7th, and by Halloween, I looked like a completely different person. By Thanksgiving Day, I weighed 113 pounds.