#IDMsuccess: A former dialysis nurse turns to fasting when nothing else worked.

My name is Judi Campion and I’m extremely honoured to be a moderator on The Obesity Code Network FB page. Today is my 2 year anniversary of starting a low carb lifestyle.

I found Dr Jason Fung through reading about him and hearing him speak on 2KetoDudes. Jason Fung piqued my interest as I am a former dialysis nurse. My career involved looking after many patients with ESRD who were also T2D. His career is also focused on treating CKD/ ESRD clients.

I have always carried excess weight since my second pregnancy. Running the house, working on my career, putting my kids needs ahead of me found me steadily gaining weight until I hit 234lbs in 2004. I saw myself in my daughters wedding photos and I was horrified by what I looked like. I vowed to lose, and I did lose a bit but not enough. Like most people I dieted. I took on any one I could find. Nutrisystem, The Beverley Hills Diet, South Beach, WW so many times I should have bought stock in the company and some really dangerous ones where you ate 750 calories and got weekly B12 shots. I lost about 40lbs over the next 12 years but could not seem to lose more. On December 29th 2016 I found my final diet. I read an old Atkins book and dug in. Then I found IDM. I knew I needed some help as I was not losing as I wanted to.

Enter Nadia Brito Pateguana, my life changed. She introduced me to fasting. I will be honest. I did not feel I could or even would want to fast. Nadia can be very patient and persuasive. I am not diabetic but I am Insulin Resistant and I did have NAFLD. I struggled to fast and I still do! I know it works, this time last year I had to live with my mother. She was very ill and could not cope on her own. I was not in my own environment, I had no kitchen and certainly mum’s pantry was not conducive to a keto diet! I fasted quite a bit and lived on eggs and bacon with some greens and Avocado! The 6 weeks I was there I lost 11lbs, and that got me going, a fat fast got me into a good deep ketosis.

I now fast ADF, aim for 42 hours 3x weekly or I do it in one fast of 72 hours. I still struggle each fast. I’ve learned that the hard ones I get too stressed and I’m better off calling it and then regroup. I am committed to this lifestyle. It is no longer a diet. I eat keto style and focus on meeting my carb and protein macros. I have always kept the thought in my head when I struggle that this is my life now, figure out a new way to make it work. That could be being stricter with my macros, fasting more frequently, trying a longer fast.

Holidays and vacations or special days happen. And I enjoy them. I do choose to indulge but not often. I share a desert with my husband as usually one or two forkfuls are enough. My vice is really well made French fries, thin and cooked in real fat. After holidays or vacations I will revert back to my routine easily. Last February I went on a week vacation to a Mexican all inclusive. I vowed that I would eat and enjoy. I did! 3 meals a day, I chose as close to low carb as I could. I also enjoyed a few indulgences and a daily cocktail along with some wine with dinner! We spent time walking, swimming and just enjoyed. Holy smokes when I got back I had lost 5lbs!!! On vacation! It can be done.

In January of 2018 my labs showed that I no longer have NAFLD, a year on keto with 6 months of fasting. I had lost weight. I weighed 159.8lbs and that was down 33lbs. I lose very slowly and plateaued for 7 months. In that time my calls with Nadia had ended. I was asked to be a moderator. I did my first ModFast of 72 hours and finally busted the plateau. I am learning all the time moderating the page, this is a good thing. We can always learn more. I recently found my Ketones had dropped to 0.3, not really in ketosis. So I finally decided to go back to calls with Nadia. It has really helped me. I have a great recovery plan now. If I over indulge as I did over Christmas I fast for 20 hours. Then I have a fat fast meal, and another and another. I keep on fat fasting until my ketones come up or I just cannot face another slice of bacon! Then I fast as cleanly as possible. Water, tea or coffee, no “crutches” for me now. I don’t need them.

I love my workouts. I lift weights with a trainer twice weekly. She has been a huge support and often shares keto with her other clients. I also enjoy a Dance Fit class, hike trails and I’m going to try snow shoeing this winter!

My biggest motivation is seeing the physical change in my body. I’m now at 140 lbs, I can see my muscles but I can still see some fat. Mainly my lower belly. My original goal was 150, now I’m aiming for 125-130lbs. I’m only 5’1” so I believe it’s a reasonable goal. I am 61 going on 25! Ya! I feel that good.

My best starting tip is read. Learn about why a low carb diet and fasting will work. I’ve read The Obesity Code twice, The Complete Guide To Fasting Twice and The Diabetes Code, once. Yup I’m going to be reading it again. I have used the Diet Doctor website to help me follow a good keto diet. I love the recipes and the menu planning feature on the site. I have watched numerous videos and blogs. It is a great site. I also have the paid community on the IDM site, my favourite feature there are the Q&As by Megan and other members of the IDM educator team. The live Q&As are great too.

Am I at my goal? No I am not but I hope to be. As I mentioned earlier, I have been struggling with plateaus through out my 2 years living this way. I decided that I would sign up again for some coaching. I sat down and made a new list of Whys, I have new goals now compared to the ones I made when I started. Set goals for yourself, ask yourself each day why you are doing this. Be consistent, be honest, never give up. Look for progress, it’s there!

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June

How can you fast when on meds… Does meds break your fasting?

Diana Daily-McVee
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Diana Daily-McVee

Thank you for sharing your journey! I have saved your story so I can read it when I’m struggling to keep the hope going!

Karin B
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Karin B

Good job! Very inspiring

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Malcolm D'Souza

What a great accomplishment. Congratulations! It seems like only fasting is the way the body corrects itself. I am overweight by 45lbs and no metabolic health issues. But I realize the benefit of being an ideal weight in my early 50’s. Can I just fast for 24 hours between meals and have success with losing weight?

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Some people do that, or they eat one meal a day (OMAD), which is effectively the same. I find it difficult to do that more than a few days a week, or on days I exercise in the morning. I’ve been fasting 36 or so hours one day a week, trying for two. People who can do 42 hours times three days a week are amazing to me. Anyway, I’ve seen some discussion that going over 24 hours is beneficial.

Judi Campion
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Judi Campion

Hi Malcolm you can fast 24 or OMAD but mix that in with longer fasts of 36-42 for weight loss. IDM has had great success using 36-42 h fasts 3 times weekly.

D'Arcy
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D'Arcy

Judi, you are a gem – thank you for your energy and commitment to helping others. I “met” you on Dr. Fung’s facebook group and have been very inspired by your posts – you have a joyful voice. And damn girl, you look fantastic – I’ll be 60 in November of this year and am hoping to be posting similar successes!

Jennifer Hall
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Jennifer Hall

Hi Judi, how do you measure your ketones?

Judi Campion
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Judi Campion

Yes I do but not consistently. My routine is one reading in the morning, ketones are at their lowest then. To be successful you don’t need to monitor ketones.

Merja
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Merja

Thank you for this great inspiring article. I particularly like the fact that you don’t sugar coat your journey. I despair when I read or hear people say (after they have successfully lost weight) that it was all wonderful and how they never felt hungry and it was a piece of cake (pardon the pun). Great to hear real stories of real people and despite obstacles along the way YOU HAVE TRIUMPHED!!! ?