#IDMsuccess Story: After trying every diet, Karen reaches her goals by trusting the process

This story is about never giving up hope, sticking to your goals, and trusting the process. In early April 2018, I weighed 334 pounds. I had tried every diet in the book ( and I mean everyone including the blue diet, where you dye all your food blue so it is unappetizing, had my ears stapled to control hunger, and finally had gastric bypass surgery in 2007 which was botched and made me hungry 24/7 because my stomach could not hold food).

I had diabetes (for 15 years at that point) was on glyburide, metformin, lisinopril, cholesterol meds, had sleep apnea and arthritis in my knees and shoulder so bad that most days it was hard to just walk a block even though I was taking diclofenac. I also had pain daily from fibromyalgia.

I found The Diabetes Code by my hero, Dr. Jason Fung, in May 2018. I read it in about 4 days and learned what I needed to do to fix my body and cure my diabetes. I started on May 11, 2018. Two weeks later, I stopped taking my glyburide and my diclofenac for my arthritis. By November 2018, I had lost 80 pounds. It came off so easily. I was practicing time restricted eating and every day I made sure to fast at least 16 hours and went up to 24 hours. Every day was different depending on how I felt. At that point, I stopped taking my metformin and my cholesterol meds. My A1C was 6.1. I would also like to mention that I have an amazing doctor who wasn’t sure about what I was doing at first but when I asked her to read the book, she did. She 100% fully supports me and recommends that others read Dr. Fung’s books.

 

But something happened in mid-November. I have no idea what happened exactly but I do know that I stopped losing weight as quickly. Between mid November 2018 and January 29, 2019, I lost another 10 pounds but another check of my A1C showed that even though I was off all of my diabetes meds, my glucose held at 6.0. In January, I also started to add in some 36 hour fasts and a few 40 hour fasts and one 50 hour fast. But I didn’t lose a single pound in February. I also didn’t lose a single pound in March. I was getting so frustrated. I would lose a few pounds and then the next day, gain it back plus some. That went on for two and a half months.

Then, on April 8 (just one week ago), I had my first appointment with my IDM educator. I was worried he would judge me for still using cream in my coffee when I am in my eating window and for having a Coke Zero with my dinner. But he didn’t. He asked me how he could help me. I told him I had been stalled and needed help to get losing again. I felt like I was maybe eating too many calories. Honestly, I was at a loss about what to do. Jeff McCann (my educator) told me to do a fat fast for a week and then get back to him. I was stuck at 243 – 245 pounds. I was there for 2 1/2 months. My goal was to get down to 234 pounds by my one year anniversary on May 11. So I followed Megan Ramos’ fat fast faithfully. Jeff McCann told me to stick to one meal and eat it twice per day if I could. The first day, I happily ate my eggs, bacon, olives and salad. On the second day, I didn’t eat as much. But somehow I had gained two pounds. By the third day, the bacon and eggs were actually making me sick. But I had lost 4 pounds. Even though I wasn’t supposed to, I switched to Salmon and broccoli on days 4 – 7. I had eggs for lunch and the salmon for dinner. And now, this morning, when I weighed myself….You won’t believe it but I had lost 12 pounds over the week. I went from 245 pounds to 233.2 pounds. (THIS MEANS I HAVE LOST MY 100 POUNDS IN NOT JUST A YEAR…BUT IN 11 MONTHS!) (actually 101 pounds!) My friends say I am a unicorn…a rare rare person who can lose weight like no other. But you all prove them wrong.

I read your stories and am inspired by them. What is my point about writing this long post? I want you to know that even the admins and moderators of this group struggle daily to make the right choices and eat the right things so that we can get healthier. I want you to know the value of having an IDM educator. I want you to know that I am listening to you and I really do get it when you say that sometimes it is hard. I want you to know that we are here for you. And I want you to know that if you stick with it, beautiful things will happen for you. I still have about 80 pounds to lose. But where I once thought that I may never get there, I have hope again. Thank you so much for listening to my story and I truly hope that you find the happiness that I have now. Oh, and my son who is 16, started eating with me and went from 260 pounds to 202 pounds today. We are works in progress and I consider my teaching him to eat right the greatest gift I have ever given him. <3

Karen

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Marge Wright
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Marge Wright

Thanks for sharing! Made me cry. The process is by Faith when those days turn into weeks and months with no visible progress; but you are proof it works if you give it time! Keep on.

karen_engel
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karen_engel

yes Marge!! I think that is a very important thing to point out. There are many times when we might have long periods when that stupid, lying scale doesn’t budge and we know it should!!! BUT NEVER GIVE UP!! Try something new, fast differently, eat differently, talk to an IDM educator, talk to friends, start exercising, drink more water, whatever it is that we need to do….if we give up, we will never find out what that one thing is that can get us closer to our goals. We can only find that thing by continuing to try even when… Read more »

ADRINEH YEGHNAZARY
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ADRINEH YEGHNAZARY

Great job, keep up the good work !!! I believe Jason Fung and he is my hero too. Thanks for sharing your story.

karen_engel
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karen_engel

Thanks Adrineh! I am glad you enjoyed my story. It is funny because someone recently asked me …. “If you could meet anyone in the world who is living right now, who would you want to meet? and my automatic response was “Dr. Jason Fung”. I really do feel like I owe him such a big “Thank you!” and I think that a lot of people feel the same way. I suspect you are one of those people. D

Jamie
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Jamie

Thank you so much for posting this! I feel like I have been going through something similar

karen_engel
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karen_engel

You are welcome, Jamie! Hopefully you found something in my story that will help you!

Heather Corbett
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Heather Corbett

I don’t get how the foods you eat are a fat fast? Eggs bacon and salad?

karen_engel
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karen_engel

Hiya Heather! Actually, I just followed Megan Ramos’ fat fast that is posted on this site. You can find the link here. https://idmprogram.com/what-is-fat-fasting-and-when-should-you-do-it/ It is a fat fast because there is sooooo much fat that you are eating that it really satiates you and honestly makes you naturally want to fast, particularly if you are eating the same thing at each meal.

BernardP
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BernardP

Here is the explanation of Fat Fasting, how it works and why it works:

https://idmprogram.com/what-is-fat-fasting-and-when-should-you-do-it/

Andrew Gerard Owens
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Andrew Gerard Owens

Thanks for that link to understanding the fat fast way,i will give it a try soon as ive been doing keto for several weeks now under a lowcarb doctor ive found and lost 15kgs in past 4mths& just off my Lantus insuline this week &heading for full reversal of type2 diabetes by end of this year, but maybe sooner if i can do some longer fasts,ive been doing 16/8 ,18/6 off& on since finding all the truth about diabetes from Jason on youtube several mths ago ,so im a new man now,no longer 72 at 58,hope to around 50 again… Read more »

Sheela
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Sheela

Thank you

Craig
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Craig

Congratulations ! That’s an amazing story. You’ll inspire so many. Keep it up!

karen_engel
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karen_engel

Thank you so much Craig! Keeping it up is exactly what I plan to do! Knowing what I know now, I will never go back to my old ways. 😀

Cindy Guttery
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Cindy Guttery

Karen…….I don’t even know what to say!!! You are a hero! You give us all inspiration!! People who don’t have weight problems do not have any idea what you have just done and are doing! Stay with it!! Don’t ever give up!! You didn’t!! So the rest of us should follow your example and remember what Jimmy V said, “Don’t ever give up!!” Stay the course!! Thank you for showing all of us what the result of that philosophy is!!!!

karen_engel
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karen_engel

Oh gosh, I am blushing! <3 Thank you so much! And yes, the whole point of my long story is "Don't give up! Don't EVER give up!" Love yourself enough to never give up on yourself. No one else can take this journey for you and sometimes it is freaking hard but when it is, just remember that tomorrow is another day and those days that make it hard make the not so hard days so much sweeter. I still have a long struggle ahead but I have the tools to work my way through it for the first time… Read more »

Paula Grgurich Shewchuk
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Paula Grgurich Shewchuk

This is JUST what I needed to read today. I began September 1st 2018. I lost 10 lbs a month for 3 months then stalled in December . I lost a few more lbs in January, and 10 more lbs in February but I have been stuck in March and GAINED 8 lbs in April. I have been so frustrated and disappointed as I am only 1/2 way to my goal. I will also try fat fasting. Thank you for the inspiration.

karen_engel
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karen_engel

I am also about half way to my goal so I know your struggles. Some days it just feels like I am getting nowhere but I KNOW I am so much healthier than I was before and I KNOW that I will live a much more active and rich life even if I never get to my goal weight (though I hope I do). I hope that the fat fast works for you and if not, consider maybe talking to one of the IDM educators. The first meeting is free and you might learn something that can help you. To… Read more »

Delphine Butler
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Delphine Butler

Absolutely inspiring story…thanks for sharing!

karen_engel
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karen_engel

You are welcome, Delphine. I hope there was something in my story that could help you.

Ginger Granath
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Ginger Granath

Beautiful testimony and beautifully written! Thank you for sharing your story!

karen_engel
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karen_engel

Thank you, Ginger!

maria_barnet
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maria_barnet

Thank you so much for your story! My health journey is not a short one, and your message really inspired me!

karen_engel
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karen_engel

Good luck to you, Maria! Nothing worth having is ever easy and usually takes a long time of working to obtain. Just keep your eyes on your goals and work toward those, always.

Susan
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Susan

You made my Mothers’ Day, Karen! I have been following Dr. Fung and Megan Ramos for some time and applaud all they have given of education and encouragement to us, the ones who need it! Congratulations on your success, and I am
Inspired and grateful you shared the encouragement to press on with faith in a proven process! Sincere thanks,!

karen_engel
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karen_engel

Awww, I am so happy that you had a nice Mother’s Day! I am glad that my story could help you in some way. I think it is just important for us all to hear, every once in a while, that we are all struggling every single day. It helps us realize we are not alone on this journey and with the support of others, anything is possible.

Natalie Mallett
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Natalie Mallett

Thank you for sharing your experience. My journey will start tomorrow and my goal is to lose 75lbs. I will refer to your story again if ever I begin to lose hope.

karen_engel
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karen_engel

Good luck to you and I hope you won’t ever lose hope. There are always new things to try and lots of people here on this site who are here to support you. You are in good hands.

Sh. from Abadin Water Fasting
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Congratulations and thank you for sharing your story. This is always very inspiring! Keep up the great work and the lifestyle.

karen_engel
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karen_engel

Thank you so much. I wish you luck on your journey also!

Deb Neyland
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Deb Neyland

Awww Karen this is soooo inspiring, thank you so much for sharing with us. Your son is a blessed boy to have you as his mother, and what a blessing that you can lead the way for him to have a healthier life. I wish I had known what I know now back when I was raising my children, and I would have taught them to eat good food for fuel instead of just food for good taste ? all of you at IDM are so helpful and most of all our wonderful Dr. Jason Fung, he has saved more… Read more »

karen_engel
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karen_engel

I could not agree more. Every person whose life he has touched generally goes on to spread the word and the number of people that he has helped is really too many to count. I am so grateful every day for the knowledge that he gave me and even more thankful that my son is still young enough that I was able to teach him also. Hopefully your kids will see your success and join you! <3

Neeta Gill
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Neeta Gill

Congrats Karen! This is so inspiring. So glad to have met you on this journey! All the best my friend. You can do it 🙂

karen_engel
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karen_engel

Thank you, Neeta! You also inspire me! Everything happens for a reason and we were just meant to meet! <3 WE can do it!

karin joseph
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I too lost a good deal of weight on keto and IF (65# in my case) and slowed to a crawl at 6 months. Then I actually started eating carbs but continued IF and yes, I did gain back 15# over the next 6 months but in previous experience I would have gained it all and then some. Now I am happy to be back on keto and have lost half of what I gained and want to get back to my previous weight. Interesting thing is I haven’t had to resume metformin. This is a valuable tool for correcting… Read more »