Hello! My name is Crystal Lax and would like to tell you my story.
I spent my 20s having kids. I married and had my first baby at the age of 20 (but not in that order haha). My second daughter was born when I was 23 and my son when I was 27. I really enjoy being a young mom even more so now that my kids are getting older. One huge mistake I made in my 20s while mothering infants and juggling a full time job, and even going back to school at 25, was completely neglecting myself. My health, my appearance, my well being, my self esteem, my attitude, my vitality didn’t matter. Anything about me completely took a backseat to being a young, struggling couple trying to find our way in the world. I made very poor choices when it came to what I put in my body. If I wanted a bacon cheeseburger with fries, I had one. If I wanted ice cream, I ate it. I very rarely ate fruits or vegetables. I almost never drank water but instead opted for Coca-Cola. I will say I wasn’t someone who gorged myself on food. I definitely ate more than I needed but it was the choices of what I ate that landed me at 260lbs. Although I was very unhappy with myself I never could seem to find any sustainable method of correcting the problem. I would try something only to fall right back into the same old ways. I am, admittedly, a control freak. I’m the oldest child of 4 and anyone who knows me will tell you I can be bossy and demanding. Not having control of my own body took a toll on my personality. I didn’t like my appearance and my insecurities lead to a really bad attitude and outlook on life. I was mean and bitter. I hated myself so much that it was affecting my life in so many ways!
It took a picture to make me change. My friend was getting married and 8 months before the wedding we went to try on bridesmaid dresses. When I saw a picture of myself in the dress I was completely appalled! How could I possibly have allowed myself to gain so much weight? I wasn’t comfortable in my own skin! I had to gain control of myself and reclaim my body. In January of 2013 I started weight watchers (for the 2nd time). I followed that diet so strictly for 6 months and I didn’t even reach 20lbs lost! How could this be? I was so disheartened and defeated. A few weeks after I had given up WW, I woke up and knew things had to change. I remember the exact day, it was June 13, 2013. I decided that I wasn’t educated enough on how our bodies work. Maybe, I could benefit from actually doing some research and learning about food and how it’s metabolized. I took the the internet to see what I could find to help me bring about the change I so desperately wanted. I started with clean eating and did some juice fasting and the more I researched the more I kept coming back to a plant based diet. I spent 3 months reading and researching and testing out a plant based diet. Once I started to feel so much better I knew this was exactly what I was searching for.
On February 9, 2014 I turned 32 years old and on February 10, 2014 I said goodbye to animal protein. I spent the next year and a half trying to find my way. An old friend of mine told me about high carb low fat plant based diet and I had some success with Raw til 4 and 80/10/10 but I just could not sustain following it. I would yo-yo between doing it and having periods of “bad” vegan eating. It wasn’t until October of 2015 that I finally decided I need to push forward with more weightloss and decided to give Dr. McDougall’s plan a try. I read a few of his books and started following his way of eating on November 9, 2015 and I haven’t looked back! I am losing weight the most consistent I ever have. In just 7 months of following Dr. McDougall I have lost the same amount of weight it took me to lose in a year and a half of eating vegan. I’m meeting goals with little effort! I really believe this is the answer I have been searching for all these years to help me shed the extra weight and be the best me possible!
I am now 80 lbs lighter than that version of me that was so completely unhappy. My attitude has changed tremendously. I am positive and optimistic and I feel (and look!) younger than I have my entire adult life! Not only am a physically changing, I am mentally and spiritually growing. Currently, I’m losing about 1-2 lbs a week very steadily and I’m thrilled to be in control again headed to my goal weight. I don’t count calories, something I have done in the past with little success and a lot of misery. I eat as much as I want of the right kind of foods that give me energy and keep me satisfied. After meals I don’t feel sluggish but energized and rejuvenated.
I’m so grateful that I ended up on this path of change. I’m thankful my husband never left me. When a person hates themselves they are almost impossible to love. Our relationship not only survived, it’s now the best it’s ever been! I’m so lucky I didn’t get diabetes or any other health issues. Taking control of my diet has transformed my life in so many amazing ways. If you are considering taking control of your health or appearance, look into Dr. McDougall’s way of eating. He has helped so many people lose weight and even cure diseases and ailments. I’m very excited to finish the journey to being a healthy weight that I started almost 3 years ago. I’m doing this for me.
You can follow my transformation at: http://www.facebook.com/crystalcarbsup
The picture of me with the dog food was taken today, the day I woke up to the scale telling me I had passed the 80lbs lost mark (81!). That is 80lbs of dog food that I couldn’t even lift! It really puts things into perspective of how far I have come 🙂