This is not a scam, a fad or a lie. I’m not trying to sell you anything. This is my amazing weight loss journey and how I lost almost 50 pounds in one year without diet or exercise.
I really did it. I lost 48 pounds to be exact!
First, let’s start with the back story. I have always been on the thin side and never really worked out much. I hate working out. Then around age thirty-four, I started rapidly gaining weight. I tried everything. I mean everything! Nothing seemed to work or it would only work for a month and then all the weight would come right back on and I would gain even more than before. In fact, that’s how this website came along. The one thing that helped me keep the weight off the longest was clean eating; however, it still didn’t last. I went from 130 pounds to 182 pounds in three years.
By 2014, I was depressed, miserable and had basically given up on ever losing weight. It was affecting all areas of my life. Since I was so unhappy, my marriage was failing, the kids and I were constantly in a battle and life in general was just plain sad. My body was suffering also. I stopped having periods and when I went to the doctor, they did some tests and told me that I was going through early menopause. WHAT? I was 34 years old, how could this even be real? In 2015, our family came to a new and exciting life decision. We decided to sell everything and move to Costa Rica.
I weighed myself right before we left and I was 182 pounds.
We arrived in Costa Rica in the middle of September 2015. While living in there, the only diet change I made was by eating local food. But local food there is rice and/or pasta at least once a day and sometimes for all three meals. I drank wine, ate all the bad carbs and had decided to accept that this was my new body. I wanted to enjoy our journey of selling everything and living in the land of Pura Vida. I wasn’t ready to stress out about my weight. My bathing suits were plus sized and I didn’t care. I was happy and more importantly, my family was happy and that’s all that mattered.
The only “workouts” or “exercises” I did was walking to sunset or the beach and walking downstairs to the pool and the mini super. That was it! And yes, I’m aware that those are forms of exercise, but it didn’t feel like exercise and it wasn’t everyday. Ok, the pool and mini super were everyday.
I didn’t really notices the changes that were happening to my body. I still felt and looked fat and it wasn’t until I had to buy an outfit for a friend’s wedding in November in 2015 that I felt a little bit smaller. Not much, but a little bit of a difference.
Now here is the crazy part, remember the whole me not getting my period for three years and being told I was going through early menopause, well all of sudden, it appeared in December 2015. I was shocked to say the least. My body was changing for the better. And about two weeks after Christmas, I found out I was pregnant! HOLY SHIT?!?! I didn’t even think that could happen to me. I had a chemical miscarriage, and it was ok, but I was more in shock that it had even happened. I talked with length with my friend about all of this. We talked about how I was eating white, processed, bad carbs everyday. Cocktails everyday. Not counting calories and no real exercise, yet I was losing weight and my hormones were starting to become regular again.
Why now? Why here in Costa Rica?
Costa Rica wasn’t poisoning our food and water like they do in United States. I was happy. My family was happy. We weren’t stressed out and the food isn’t pumped full of GMOs, hormones and steroids. It was a really eye opening experience. From the start of 2016 to September 2016, I still didn’t change my eating or drinking habits and I still didn’t exercise. My weight was just falling off and falling off.
I’m not saying you have to move to Costa Rica to naturally lose weight. Although it is an awesome place! I think that even if you buy organic, you should really pay attention to where that food goes in between being picked up from the organic farm and where it ends up. A lot of it still is processed with chemicals but can still be labeled organic. Watch your portions. The food portions here in the States are out of control! I can order one dinner out and turn it into three meals. And don’t even get me started on the water here. If I can drink alcohol, eat white rice and regular pasta everyday, not slave away at a gym and still lose almost 50 pounds, I think there is something to be said about what our bodies are being subjected to and we don’t even realize it.
And find your true happiness. That’s equally as important. Being depressed and sad doesn’t help your body. Your soul’s true happiness might not be selling everything a moving to a foreign country, but take time for yourself to figure out what it is for you. Remember to breathe. Stress causes our minds and bodies to become unbalanced. Find your zen moments and remember that if it’s out of your control, then you need to just go with the flow. Like they say in Costa Rica- Pura Vida!
I encourage everyone to take 21 days to find your inner peace, what makes you truly happy, learn how to manage your stress and give clean eating a try. 21 days isn’t a long time and I believe we all need to make these changes to become healthier, not just with our physical bodies, but with our minds too.
Weight to Date: 134 lbs!