12 pounds. 16 inches. 2 weeks. My Weight Loss Journey Begins.


I just turned 34. The youngest of my two kiddos just turned one. I can no longer say “baby weight” and I’m pretty sure “toddler weight” is not an acceptable term or a real thing for that matter. It’s here. It took its sweet time but it’s finally here. I’m finally to the point where, enough is enough. Which is how I got to 12 pounds and 16 inches in 2 weeks and kick started my weight loss journey.

Why is it that so often we have to hit a breaking point to really make a change? It’s so annoying. I’ve not felt like I’ve been at a healthy weight since before my first baby. I’m really past the whole “fat” or “skinny” thing. I don’t want to be skinny and that’s the honest to God truth. I am a woman and I am completely down with looking like one and to me that means curves. All I want is to feel comfortable in my clothes and to have enough energy to live the life that I am creating. To run around with my kiddos and not worry about needing to pull my shirt down or my pants up. I know some of you know exactly what I’m sayin’…and if any of you are judging right now…stop reading right here. I don’t have time for that crap.

The Catalyst

Three weeks ago I attended the Make Your Mark event (#mymevent) and heard the amazing Dr. Kelly Brogan (www.kellybroganmd.com) speak. To keep things brief, she is a holistic psychiatrist who believes in healing the body through nutrition and living a chemical free life. Her words made sense to me. I’ve been doing the whole chemical free, as natural as possible lifestyle for a few years now so I was nodding along and totally on board. I have never fully committed to the nutrition portion, however. I knew then and there that I was finally ready to really make some changes in my life.

The Results

It’s been 2 weeks since I made some choices and got serious. I am down 12 pounds and 16 inches are gone. TWO WEEKS. I am blown away. Is it hard? Of course. It’s nothing short of a MIRACLE that I resisted the urge to dive head first into the Halloween candy bowl. I’m taking ONE DAY at a time. Its the small daily choices that I’m making that are going to add up over time.  A few days ago I hit a low point. I was over-tired and cranky and just really wanted to cheat. Thankfully I have an amazing support system in my husband who looked at me and said (very matter of factly, yet still very kindly) “Go ahead. Cheat if you want. But do you really want to start over AGAIN?”

Wow. Talk about perspective! The answer, of course, was a resounding HELL NO. So I made a choice to stick with it. Two days later, I had dropped 3 more pounds. I can not tell you how happy I am that I didn’t give in. That 5 seconds of reward would have been NOTHING compared to how good that 3 pounds felt!

The Plan

So what, exactly is it that I’m doing? Don’t worry–I’ll spill it. There are no secrets here. Here’s what I’m doing:

No sugar. No dairy. No gluten. Now, I never said this was easy. But I’m amazed at how much better I feel in general. For real. Less tired. Less achy. Less “mom-brain”. Less crabby. FOR REAL. (Note: This is not forever…I will eventually incorporate these back into my life in small amounts…I am not super woman)

LOTS of water. I like to add lemon, grapefruit or spearmint essential oil for some calorie free flavor (helps me drink more). I aim for 120 ounces a day. Again, really does increase the energy!

Slique CitraSlim capsules. Two packets daily, one first thing in the morning and one around 2pm. They help to curb my appetite, give me a little energy boost and also help to break down or in my words, “melt off” fat. These are not part of my forever plan (like the water and limiting foods that cause inflammation in the body are) but for right now they are just what I need. I don’t know if you’re like me, but when I set out to lose weight, if I don’t see results in the beginning I get frustrated and have a hard time finding the motivation to keep going. Adding these to my “regimen” for the time being is giving me that boost and is highly motivating to keep on trucking.

So that’s that. I’ve had great days and I’ve had rough days. But if I’m totally honest, as hard as some moments are, it’s never been easier for me to change those little daily choices like, “I really want some of my son’s Halloween candy. Like now.” or “I’m crabby and just really want a grilled cheese sandwich.” (totally my comfort food!) I know the progress will slow down as I get further along in my weight loss journey. And I accept that. None of this happened quickly…I’ve been on this path for quite some time. But I really feel ready to let it go.

Maybe I finally have the knowledge and the resources that I needed. Or maybe I’m just finally fed up enough to really take care of myself the way that I should. Either way, I’m grateful to be right where I’m at…in the journey. I may not be where I want to be just yet, but I’m not where I was either. That’s what I’m choosing to focus on.

If you’re like me and incentives help you get motivated…I’m taking part in a weight loss challenge to help me stick to my goals. I don’t know where you are in your journey. Wherever you are, I’d love to cheer you on. Let’s do this.


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Katrina Kunstleben

Katrina is curious by nature and seeks knowledge in all things natural health. She doesn't accept things "as so" just because its what everyone else is doing. She loves life, quality time with family & friends, inspiring others to pursue their passions, creativity, traveling, music, great conversation and a good bloody mary.
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