#IDMsuccess Story: “I’m not easily offended, nor am I stupid. It was a BIG wake-up call.”

For Chrissie, a post-surgery decision makes all the difference.

As many, I have struggled with being overweight 90% of my life. In 2000, I skyrocketed to a 210 lbs, a whopper for my 5’3” height and medium frame. I lost a lot of that (in my 39th year) by walking a lot and eating fresh, unprocessed foods. I was lucky, I was living in Italy.

However, in 2004, weight started creeping back up and in 2007, being hired to sing on a cruise ship, I needed to drop 20 lbs. (I was about 180 lbs at that time.) It was easy! I ate no-low carb and walked an hour every day. Work on the cruise ship was great! The food was terrible for crew and I was active – walking and exercising – and down to 160 lbs and in my prime at 47 years old!

Fast forward to menopause at age 49 and the tummy arrived. The tummy I’d NEVER had… some tough events in life and suddenly I found myself living back in Southern California packing on the pounds. Oh, it was great to have all that Mexican food and goodies that I didn’t have in Italy. But the weight piled on rapidly and soon I was back up to the mid 180s.

I met my husband at that weight and he loved me and married me. But a month after we married, I had a total hip replacement with a six-week no weight bearing order. Life that year did not turn out as expected. Continued pain, continued weight gain and revision hip surgery a year later. Weight was creeping up and I tried a non-dairy ketogenic diet. I lost a grand total of 4 lbs. The weight kept piling on and in December of 2018, I reached a whooping 201 lbs.

So, what really led me to getting serious about my health? Well, at the beginning of December 2018 I was doing a stretch on my living room floor and let out a blood curdling scream as my hip socket came out of its joint only 16 weeks after the hip revision surgery.

The first doctor couldn’t get the hip back in and, after a return visit to the ER the next day, a fabulous orthopedic physician’s assistant got me put back together. After waking from anesthesia, he told me that I was in the top three of the hardest closed reductions he’d ever done.

“Why is that?” I asked him.

“Well, you’re short” he said matter-of-factly. Then more hesitantly he added: “And then, there’s the weight.”

I’m not easily offended, nor am I stupid. It was a BIG wake-up call. About a week or two later I was listening to Dennis Prager on the radio and he was speaking with a guest about intermittent fasting. That guest was Dr. Jason Fung. As I listened intently, something was clicking and I thought: ‘This is the missing key!’ I bought the book by Dr. Fung and on January 8th, 2019 I started my intermittent ketogenic diet regimen.

Today, I weigh in at almost 160 lbs! I am not saying I was perfect but I did my best to follow the 36-hour fasts and eating ketogenic. I had sailing trips to Mexico (three of them) with my husband and while I didn’t go “crazy” eating, I allowed myself some freedom. I usually did a 16:8 fast on the trips and just tried to go easy on the carbs.

Even with those trips, I have had a steady weight loss. I have about 20 to 25 more lbs to lose and I am starting to incorporate strength training into my regime. I think that is the hardest thing of all. My orthopedic surgeon is thrilled with my weight loss and I think I may have made him a believer in intermittent fasting and ketogenic diet.

What has been helpful has been Jeff’s support and the IDM site. So much useful info and great support! I think that has truly helped me stay on track, even when I felt like giving up at times! Thank you, Dr. Fung, Jeff, and everyone at IDM! You have changed my life.

(P.S. My husband is pretty happy too!)

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Tom M

Great story and great results. I think fasting is one of the best lifestyle changes one can initiate as a means to eating healthier, losing weight and keeping it lost.

Tee
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Tee

Ditch the surgeons. Surgery have a long term negative effect on your total body and only benefit the doctors pocket.

I had spinal cord surgery ten years ago and have just started to recover from its I’ll effect through hard work, nutrition, and saying no to doctor intervention.

I am on an intermittent fasting diet that keeps my weight at 160-170 lbs at 6’0 tall.

TIffany
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TIffany

I just love your story because, I too, heard about Dr. Jason Fung on the Dennis Prager show in December 2018 and started fasting that week! I’ve dropped 50 lbs. since then and love the fasting lifestyle.

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ldferraro

Truly inspirational! Thank you so much for sharing, Chrissie. I agree with Tom that fasting is the best lifestyle change to incorporate for great health! I started IF almost two months ago after watching my weight creep up since last fall no matter how strict I was with my keto diet (thanks, menopause – not!). During this week’s Zornfast, I did my first two 48 hour fasts and I’m seeing similar results. I am eternally grateful to Dr. Fung, Megan and the IDM team for helping me on my road to wellness. You all have changed my life!

Anita Nelson
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Anita Nelson

How do you find out about the group fasts?

Rhonda
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Rhonda

They do some group fasts on their facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/groups/obesitycodenetwork/

Anna
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Anna

It doesn’t work.

Carla Land
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Carla Land

Thanks for the inspiration. I am 237…gained 20 lbs since my hip replacement…Keto alone is not cutting it at 58, 5’3.5″ and menopausal….I had to starve myself to get to 217 for surgery….But, I didnt know about intermittent fasting then, so I was just doing it wrong. This gives me hope to try, SERIOUSLY TRY to fast longer than 16:8.

Sondra J. Purcell
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Sondra J. Purcell

You can do it!
I just turned 84 but began IMD at the end of December, 2018. I’m down 55lbs now and want another 20 off. Can’t say enough about fasting! Changed my life! After all, I’ve dieted for 60 years!
A note for you Carla: drop the word ‘trying’. You either ARE or you AREN’T. Doing this has made a big difference in how I see myself!

Anita Nelson
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Anita Nelson

You look so great, the cruise ship will want you back~! Congratulations~!