My name is Missy Blevins. I live in Indiana and have a wonderful husband, 3 great kids, and 2 spoiled dogs. I am so excited that I found your challenge on Facebook! I can’t tell you how these past 60 days have changed my life like nothing else before!
The biggest thing that I took from this challenge was forgiving myself. A few years ago I had a complete hysterectomy and was told I can’t take prescription hormones because they made me have Drug Induced Lupus. It made it almost impossible for me to walk when I was on them. My doctor said it would be really hard for me to lose weight with the lack of hormones. Soon after, my husband was in a terrible car accident. He had a severe head injury and a broken neck. I nursed him back to health, but it took a good year. A month or so later my mom’s health went downhill. I stayed at her bedside with her for over 4 months until she passed away. I gained so much weight and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I gave everything that I had to everyone else around me and now I know how caring and selfless that was and I forgive myself!
The Fit2Fat2Fit show had started a spark in me right after losing my mom. It was the episode where the Steve the trainer explained to Tasha that ‘it’s more selfish to be fat and not try to be healthier for everyone around you. Being fit can make you a better wife, mother, etc. You need to make time for yourself.’ One of my daughters looked at me and said, “mom, that is so you”.
In October of 2016 I found some info on the keto diet. I’d thought it was Atkins, but now I get it! I learned about healthy fats. Everyone looks at you strange when you are plopping butter in your coffee, but we all need to relearn that fat doesn’t make us fat. When we’d started this challenge in January I’d already lost 20 lbs. On keto, I’m eating such delicious foods! The days of handfuls of salty potato chips and running out the door are over! No more sugary bowls of cereal for me! By watching Victoria on Facebook Live, I found out I can ketofy a Quest Bar, and I love them now! Drew, you’ve taught me how to do a Ketogenic diet correctly. I’m so thankful for every question you answer. You are always so kind and patient with us. Our keto Facebook page has given me a support group that I don’t have at home. I’ve never been a part of anything so positive as this before. God’s got more plans for me than just waking up and worrying about my weight every single morning. I’ve got important and positive things to do in this world!
Here are just some of the benefits that I’ve seen from my keto 60 day transformation:
- Fibromyalgia is gone!
- I have so much energy
- My life is more organized, house clean, etc because of all the energy!
- Mental clarity
- My blood pressure went from 176/125 to 116/76 (that was amazing to my doctor)
- I’ve lost 15 lbs in this challenge, but 31 lbs total on keto since October
- Sugar cravings are gone, in fact, I really don’t think about food much at all.
- Most of all, I feel like I gained a sense of self-worth! Not because of my size, but because I’m so proud of myself. No more fad diets!
- I started in a size 18/20 and now I’m in an 11/12.
- Depression is gone! I jump out of bed ready for the day, bring it!
I’m living life slower, loving myself, and I found a new hobby. I LOVE LIFTING WEIGHTS! I’ve never lifted before this Challenge. Nothing reshapes your body like KETO + WEIGHTS!
Now I want to educate myself more on keto and help anyone out there that needs it. I thought about those people while working out and it pushed me! I’ve been there. I regret feeling so terrible about myself that I missed my kid’s events at school, never took family pictures, and that I only bought myself clothes from the Goodwill because I didn’t feel like I deserved anything nice. “My why” at first was for my family and to inspire my girls. It’s that still, but I also want to help get the word out and help someone learn this way of eating and so they can start their own journey. I know there’s a mom like me sitting out there that will get inspiration from this and I can help her! I was really mean to myself. In that before picture, I’m really hurting inside, kind of broken and defeated.
All that hurt is gone now! I bought myself clothes (from the mall ☺), scheduled family pictures, and I’m a lot more involved with my kids! I really have forgiven myself, love the skin I’m in, and just want to be an inspiration to