Good evening everyone.
I've never really introduced myself, nor have I shared my story. So here goes nothing.
My name is Marisa, I'm an AZ native, I'm 41 yrs. young, and I'm currently a stay at home mom to 2 kiddos - a daughter & a son. I've also been married to a wonderful man for almost 16 years - tomorrow 08/24 is our anniversary.
I've literally been heavy all of my life. I was born weighing 13 lbs. due to my mom unknowingly having gestational diabetes while pregnant with me. As a child I was always the heaviest one there, but thankfully I cannot recall ever being picked on.
Fast-forward to when I married my husband - I was newly diagnosed with PCOS & told we would have difficulty conceiving. They were wrong, we almost immediately conceived identical twin boys which we lost to miscarriage at just under 20 weeks gestation. After taking a year or so to recover from that we attempted to conceive again, with no success. We spent time, money, energy, etc. on fertility treatments, to no avail.
After 8 years of marriage, I decided to try to lose some weight to hopefully jumpstart my reproductive system and it worked! After losing 40ish lbs. we had my daughter in 2012 and my son in 2013.
Since then, I've been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, as well as Spondylolisthesis (shifted vertebrae). Now I'm here, some years later trying to regain some of my health & quality of life. Thanks to keto and this community, I'm making that possible. I just hit my 1 yr Ketoversary and lost 50 lbs. in that time.
Welcome to my journey! - 1 hour ago