34 POUNDS DOWN!
Kristi's Weight Loss Story
2020 was hell. Not just for the whole nation as we faced down the global pandemic but for me personally. Let me give you some background information. At 42, I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. In 2020, I had worked very hard to get my ulcerative colitis under control. Then the summer of 2020, I had a series of kidney infections which required IV antibiotics. Needless to say, this wreaked havoc on my gut health. I ended up spending a good bit of time in the hospital. In December, I did an 11-day stint at the hospital in which I got Covid while getting treated for an array of other illnesses. I came out of the hospital a wreck. I put on about 20 pounds after my stay in the hospital. I had been trying to lose 15 pounds before my illness and then I packed on the additional 20 pounds from steroids the doctors gave me. Before I went into the hospital, I was nowhere near menopause. I come out of the hospital post-menopausal, yep you got it…my body had been through hell. As many women have experienced, menopause usually means weight gain. In the first half of 2021, I was doing what had worked for me in the past. Watching my calorie intake, exercising like hell, intermittent fasting, I did it all. I went to my doctor, and she suggested Tirzepatide. Which was the compounded generic medication for Manjaro. I thought to myself, might as well, I have tried everything else.
The first month, I took off eight pounds. About the 3rd month of taking this medication, I lost an additional 15 pounds. I was still exercising and watching my diet, but this medication helped speed my weight loss along. Every time I would see someone that I hadn’t seen in months, they would comment on my weight loss. I look at my before pictures today and I am astounded. I felt so awful about myself. I hated going clothes shopping and I was constantly obsessed with my weight. I know we aren’t supposed base our happiness on our appearance, but it affected everything for me. My self-esteem was in the toilet. I avoided the mirrors after I got out of the shower because the person standing in front of me wasn’t Kristi. I started the medication in August of 2022 and by January 2023, I was at my goal weight. I feel great. This summer I actually wore shorts! It had been years since I felt comfortable enough to show off my legs. You guys, that is HUGE for me. I have never been comfortable about my legs. This stuff works and if done with an exercise program and a sensible diet, you can get those pounds off. This medication is meant to be used with a balanced diet and exercise. You won’t keep it off if you don’t follow those guidelines. As I am writing this, it is November 2023 and I have kept the weight off, I still feel great. Because as bad as we don’t want to admit it, if you look good, you feel good.