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December 11th, 2017
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Name: Rebecca Witherspoon
Age: 55 years old
Starting Weight: 174 lbs.
Ending Weight: 168.8 lbs.
Total Weight Lost: 5.2 lbs.
Total Inches Lost: 2 inches

For the first 38 years of my life I was super active physically, participating in multiple rigorous sports, and an ability to exercise at a relatively high level. I had a high functioning metabolism which caused me to be underweight despite eating anything and everything I wanted and having had two babies. Nothing could stop me! 

Then almost 18 years ago I very suddenly began exhibiting significant symptoms of chronic fatigue and pain throughout my body, which tended to target my joints, as well as significant digestive issues. I underwent multiple tests and was eventually diagnosed with IBS, chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia. My previous very active life came to a screeching halt. I was in constant pain, could no longer exercise, and my previous inability to gain weight evaporated and I began to slowly but surely gain a whopping 70 lbs over the next few years. To most people I did not look “fat,” but rather a bit pudgy. Technically I was only a little over 40 lbs overweight, but to me I was an obese mass of fat!

I first began my push to regain my health and reduce my weight approximately 7 years ago when I realized how debilitated I had become when working at a sedentary job was becoming too much for my body to handle. I was dragging myself to work, coming home and collapsing on the couch, cooking dinner, and crashing into bed, only to hit the repeat button the next day. When my husband could get me to agree to take a walk around the neighborhood with him, he would become concerned within a block that I was going to collapse. I felt like I was actually dying. 

The first thing I began to do was read product labels at the behest of my daughter. Bread has ALWAYS been one of my biggest vices – in all of its forms, but especially in the form of a great loaf of bread! One day at the store she forced me to read the labels of the bread and I was shocked at just how much crap is incorporated into most bread. So the very first thing I did was begin to purchase what I felt was “healthier” bread – meaning I knew exactly what all the ingredients were and they were natural to the environment rather than a product of a lab experiment. 

Over the next 2 years I would try many different things to lose weight, including diet pills, counting calories, protein boosting drinks (which were disgusting), and even hiring a personal trainer to help me find the right balance of exercises that did not put me in bed for a week as I recovered from a fibromyalgic flare up. To say nothing worked is an understatement. If anything I just kept getting worse. 

Out of desperation, I joined a local weight loss challenge that required me to use their products. When I got home from my initial meeting my husband’s first question was, “what did they try to sell you!” I told him Herbalife. I told him I was desperate and nothing else was working so why not try this to see if it helped at all. I had strong doubts, and my husband had even stronger doubts. But I went forward with the challenge and the meal replacement shakes, vitamins and aloe for my gut. 

Within a week of being on the products I began to notice a difference. At first it was increased energy. Then it was my ability to concentrate better. Then it was my ability to walk the neighborhood without nearly collapsing. Then it was the way my cloths were fitting. Over the course of the challenge I only lost about 8 lbs but I lost two pant sizes (going from a size 16 down to a size 12). 

I became a true believer in the products and signed up as a distributor in order to get a discount and maybe even earn some extra cash by helping others. However, my husband was still rather skeptical until I woke one morning and said, look I can make a fist with my hands (something I hadn’t been able to do first thing in the morning for years). His reaction was, “get me on that stuff!” He started on the shakes and some of the supplements and over a relatively short period of time lost about 26 lbs and felt great! He was now a true believer in the products.

As for me I continued to lose weight but it was a slow process with many plateaus and stumbles along the way. Ultimately, I lost 21 lbs over the course of several years (not as much as I wanted to but it was pretty steady progress). My fibromyalgia, IBS, and chronic fatigue were well under control, and I was once again exercising regularly (even began leading a small local fit camp). 

Things were looking very bright but my weight loss had completely stalled! No matter what I did, how strict I was with my diet and exercise I could not seem to get past the plateau I found myself in. I had cut out most bread and dairy, with only an occasional sandwich and only one cup of milk per day (down from a previous daily intake of 3 to 4 tall glasses per day). I had tried organic unsweetened almond milk and soy milk but neither one was something I could sustain for long periods of time. 

Then almost 2 years ago I was struck with back-to-back episodes of pneumonia, something I had never experienced before, which kicked in asthma. I could no longer exercise without experiencing significant breathing problems. It took about 6 to 8 months to find the right balance of meds to control my asthma. During that period of time, I maintained consuming two of shakes per day, taking my supplements, eating what I thought was a healthy meal and 1 to 2 healthy snacks per day. But, all the ground I had gained in the previous few years was completely lost! The weight loss evaporated, the fibromyalgia pain returned with a vengeance, and the acid reflux which had nearly disappeared returned! Only thing that didn’t return was the IBS. I became discouraged and yet again desperate. What the hell was wrong and why was this happening?!

I began doubling down on everything I had learned over the past few years, strictly counting my calories, and strictly avoiding bread and dairy. But NOTHING was working!!!

During the course of the past few years I had come across a book entitled “The Obesity Code” by Jason Fung, M.D. I had only read a small portion of it, but decided I would actually read it cover to cover. Then a good friend of mine in Herbalife mentioned a book called “Wheat Belly” by  William Davis, M.D. Also over the course of the last few years I had been exposed to something called the Paleo diet, which a number of my friends swore by but I knew little about and thought was just another crazy fad diet that would soon pass. 

As I studied the books I began to think I should at least learn more about this Paleo diet thing. What I found turned out to be life changing!

I have always been a firm believer that for any “diet” to work and for weight loss to be sustained for the rest of ones life, the diet must become a lifestyle, it must be easy to implement, it must be incredibly healthy, and the food must be truly enjoyable! What I have been implementing over the course of the past month is the Paleo lifestyles. I eat 3 times per day with zero snacking. I am fully satisfied, I thoroughly enjoy my food, I do not miss anything I have eliminated from my diet, I never count calories, I eat what I want in the quantities I want, my fibromyalgia is once again well under control, my acid reflux is beginning to dissipate once again, and I’M LOSING WEIGHT once again!!! 

Even more amazing is that because I am consistently implementing this lifestyle, those times I am somewhere (ie, a party or holiday celebration) where the food is non-Paleo, I don’t have to worry. I can enjoy my time without worrying about the calories or the food being non-compliant because I know my next meal will be compliant and the effects will be minimal if any. 

What I once thought of as a crazy, hippie, fad diet I now embrace wholeheartedly! 

So why do I share all this? To offer hope to those of my friends and family who have struggled to lose weight and/or improve their health – if I can do it, ANYONE can do it! I’ve had a few people who have been critical of my recent journey. That’s okay. I simply chose to ignore the negativity and keep plugging away. If they choose to be happy for me great, if not I will simply continue to ignore their negativity. I cannot help others if I cannot help myself, but I CAN help others when I succeed myself. 

What’s next for me? Going even deeper into the Paleo lifestyle! Finally losing that extra 40 lbs I’ve been carrying around for a decade and a half, and getting back to a very active lifestyle! Re-implementing yoga and strength training, and fine tuning the re-sculpting of my body!

Most of all though, the goal is to be happy and healthy and content vs unhappy, unhealthy, and constantly discontented with myself and my life.

Thank you!

Rebecca Witherspoon
DeForest, WI

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One Response

  1. María says:

    I interesante in try this diet

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