Meet Jessica and read her “prison break” story!
When I first read Jessica’s story, one thing that struck me was how she compared being overweight to being in prison. The way she describes it, the extra weight truly held her back from living the life she wanted. But if you follow her on Instagram as I do (@ketoqueenskitchen), you’ll see she’s free of those constraints now!
Here’s how she tells it:
My story I wouldn’t say has an actual beginning, as I’ve been struggling with my weight for as long as I can remember. I went on my first diet when I was in third grade.
I am a mother of two toddler boys and have been a victim of obesity my entire adult life — that is, until about two years ago. My weight loss journey began in Tijuana, Mexico in September 2016, when I had the gastric sleeve procedure. At that point I was nearing 300 pounds, and I believed this was my last chance at breaking free of the prison of obesity.
My hope with the surgery was to simply lose 50 pounds. I wanted to be able to walk without pain, to not have chafing, and to not wonder if I would fit in the seat at amusement parks. I was tired of only half living and not feeling in control of my food addiction.
Right after the surgery I discovered Keto, having never heard of it before, and then I began to research it. I knew it wouldn’t work to go back to my old habits and try to simply eat smaller portions of the same foods that had nearly killed me before. So when I learned about Keto, it felt different, it felt right, and I decided to really work at it.
I researched macros, insulin resistance, and food addiction. I learned the role of ketones and glycogen within the body. I meal-prepped every Sunday and I kept going — even when I’d made mistakes. My food went from being my enemy to being my medicine; my key to breaking free of obesity. In just seven months, I lost 154 pounds. I started at a size 20 in September 2016 and ended at a size 0 in May 2017, and I’ve maintained that loss ever since.
Keto has given me back my life, one in which I am an active participant rather than just watching from the sidelines. The life I live now is exponentially sweeter and better than I could have imagined. There is no secret except consistency and dedication. We can either evolve or repeat — the decision is always ours.
I love Jessica’s advice about consistency and dedication, but I also love how in many of her Instagram posts she admits to making mistakes and moving on, because none of us are perfect at this. I’m really grateful to her for her willingness to share her story with the Nush family. Thanks Jessica, and congratulations!