It’s time for another 131 Method Success Story! Each week we highlight a fantastic transformation. Our hope is that these real-life stories inspire you to commit to your best-self once and for all. Here, we celebrate the scale, and non-scale, victories that bring people to a new level of overall wellness and happiness. If you have a story to share with us and our 131 community, contact us here. If you’ve taken back the word, “DIET,” we want to hear from you!
There are many people for whom extra weight has been a lifelong struggle. Angie H. is one of those people. At 26 years old, after her first baby, she saw a picture of herself at 211 pounds. Only being 5’1″- this was a lot of weight, and she wondered why no one told her how big she’d become. It was that photograph that sparked her journey to health and wellness.
Determined to turn it around, she began restricting her calories and exercising a lot. It took her 10 years, but she lost around 60 pounds, despite some weight loss creeps and plateaus. “I never had a problem exercising. It was always about the food for me.”
In April of 2015, she noticed the weight coming back on, so she tried yet another restrictive diet, and did well, initially. However, after a few months, the more restrictive she became, the less effective the same program worked. “I eventually started to put pounds back on. I thought I was eating clean and portion-controlled, but I still felt tired and bloated and couldn’t understand why.” The minute she heard Chalene say, “you think you’re eating clean but you still feel bad,” she knew she had to join the the 131 Method. “I wasn’t doing it to lose weight necessarily, although it was a nice side effect. I just wanted to feel better.”
Her Link to Proper Sleep
One of Angie’s “aha” moments occurred during one of the lessons on sleep. She recognized a character trait in herself she’d never pinpointed before, and in doing so, began the process of restoring her sleep patterns. She learned about the connection between solid sleep and weight loss resistance.“I’d always refused naps and getting enough sleep, because in my mind, it was nonproductive time. I used to see it as lazy. I’m a work in progress because I have a stressful job and four kids, but I am finally giving myself permission to rest, relax and sleep.”
She’d always heard that sleep was important, but since it’s ubiquitous these days, it became like white noise, and she wasn’t inspired to change. However, like all the lessons in the 131 Method, the information was delivered in a way where it just clicked. The words had depth, relatability, and science Angie hadn’t ever heard before. That’s one of the magic ingredients…. distilling expert info to inspire a lifestyle-overhaul.
Angie has a long list of improvements that aren’t scale-related. Some people don’t count these victories as heavily, but Angie does (which we love because it’s #grateful!). “I absolutely feel more productive at work. I spend less time resolving issues because I feel like I can think more clearly. Plus, the bonus of not being constantly distracted by hunger/food allows me to get more done in the same amount of time. I feel like I have more energy all around and don’t have joints pain every day. My tennis elbow is gone. I feel lighter, less bloated, and more comfortable in my own skin.” Angie has not only kept the weight off, but she continues to drop, even though she finished the program.
On the Fence?
When asked what she’d say to others contemplating their own journey, Angie says, “This is the most amazing opportunity to learn a lot of really solid information and to chart your own course through it; to learn how to fix yourself without medicine and without toxic interventions. However, I don’t believe that it’s for everyone….”
“If you have no desire to spend time learning and trying to make changes in your life that will positively impact your health, then it’s of no value to you. I have found there are some people that just want a set of rules to follow, even though most one-size-fits-all programs fail because we are not all made the same. That’s sad to me because I am a “why” person. If I don’t know the why, then I have a hard time just blindly following. It’s so much easier to implement new concepts when you really know why you are doing what you’re doing.”
If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, or if you finally want to understand how your body works, rather than following the herd, check out the 131 Method and get started on Monday! Or check out the book!
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Results vary based on starting point and effort.