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Today, Friday, May 17, 2018 I weigh 190 lbs.

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By: Ruth H.

I started my journey to good health on Monday, November 6, 2017, at 265lbs. The trigger was having my 4th gouty attack and being told I would have to take even more meds than I already was for hypothyroid and high blood pressure. I have been overweight most of my life, there were a few years that I lost weight by starving and keeping it off and then ballooning to over 300 lbs, then losing weight and getting down to 195 lbs (1999) by following the Atkins diet and then over the next 18 years climbing back up to 265 lbs. 

I had Dr. Berg's book for months and had casually flipped through it and watched videos on Youtube. 

Sunday night something flipped the switch and Monday morning I went cold turkey. I started IF and clean Keto. I would eat my last meal at 6 and not eat again until 12 the next day. No snacking, no sugar substitutes, no more coffee. I drank only water or herbal tea, ate veggies and protein. I learned as I went along and tweaked what I ate. 

I also started to take supplements that were recommended by Dr. Berg (ordered them from his site plus a couple of vitamins). I have had no cheat meals or cheat days. I knew that I needed to be disciplined for it to work. I'm an all-or-nothing woman, unfortunately. Every day I learn more and understand so much more about how food interacts with our bodies. 

Today, Friday, May 17, 2018 I weigh 190 lbs. I have incorporated extended fasting to move the weight because once I got to 215 things really slowed down and stalled. I am enrolled in Dr. Berg's health coach course because I want to learn more to help myself, and to help others when I am asked about my journey. 

I started off with my goal weight as 160 but now I'd like it to be 150. 

I have osteoarthritis, gout, high blood, hypothyroid and scoliosis, I am also perimenopausal. I have struggled with brain fog and mild depression over the years. 

Today the inflammation in my body seems to have disappeared, I can stand and walk for hours without a problem. My mind is clear and I haven't had to fight any depression. I have a Youtube channel and Facebook page (both 1965ruthstyle) where I have tried to document this journey in the hopes of helping or motivating one person. I will have my daughter take a full body picture tomorrow as an after. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or need clarification. Thank you for this opportunity to share. Ruth

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