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Untangling the Weight Gain and Weight Loss Web

“When solving problems, dig at the roots instead of just hacking at the leaves.” – Anthony D’Angelo

I was standing at the almighty scale and explaining my day yesterday in a nutshell.  It was Drew’s 10th Birthday and I was pretty much at his service for the day.  I did a great job of staying on the clinic’s high protein low carb diet, but it was all but impossible to squeeze in a proper workout.  I found three ten-minute time periods and walked as fast as I could.  One of the ten-minute bursts was at Dave and Buster’s and another was at the go-cart park. I consider the fact that security was not called on me at either place to be a huge accomplishment. So even though I didn’t get the best work out in, I logged some steps and I said “No” to the cake! I always thought that would hurt my kids’ feelings, as it turns out my Son could have cared less.

I stepped on the scale and voila – down ½ a pound.

Untangling the Weight Gain and Weight Loss Web

As soon as I stepped off the scale, I decided it was time to start blogging about those first 60 pounds and how I lost them.  I meant to start writing about them sooner, but it’s been difficult because it’s kind of like a tangled web.  In fact, I thought about calling this blog the weight loss web.  Webster’s defines web as a complex system of interconnected elements, especially one perceived as a trap or danger. I feel that the definition is perfect for my situation.  What about you?  Do you feel your weight loss efforts are complicated and part of a sophisticated web of interconnected variables and elements?

I want to share my experiences with you because I want you to benefit from them.  Clearly, there will be something in my 16-year 60-pound weight loss journey that will benefit you.  I hope, and I pray so.

So, here goes……

My husband and I were thirty when we married.


The Bride was Thin and the Groom had Dark Hair


I was thin, and he had dark hair.  I had a few female issues in my twenties and was told I may not be able to get pregnant, so we started trying on our wedding night and it worked!

And then there were three!

Within a few days of being pregnant and well before I knew I was expecting, I started feeling horrible and got horrific migraines every day at 2:00 PM, my equilibrium was off, I was exhausted, and my stomach instantaneously ballooned.  Before I tested positive for pregnancy, I looked five months pregnant!  At the time, I thought it was funny but quickly found out there was nothing humorous about it.

I pushed through my entire pregnancy thinking things would go back to normal as soon as I met my beautiful baby girl and I was wrong.  By the time Taylor was born I had gained over 80 pounds and continued to feel the way I had felt throughout my entire pregnancy. And, I continued to gain weight after she was born and ultimately felt even worse!

Every doctor’s appointment scored to a new diagnosis

Tony and I talked to several traditional doctors and received little to no help other than picking up a few diagnoses.

And then finally, someone came along who could help Untangle the weight gain and weight loss web

Desperate for answers, I made an appointment with an integrative physician.  We had a great phone conversation and she walked me through her process and told me she would need to run a few tests. On the day of my appointment, she only ran two tests.  I will always remember the look on her face as she took the stethoscope off her neck and placed it on a table next to her.

“How do you get out of the bed in the morning?”  The integrative physician seriously asked.

Hmmm, I’ve been to a lot of doctor appointments at this point and no one has asked me anything like this, I thought to myself.

“It’s really difficult for me to wake up,” and I started to cry because I was so embarrassed about how difficult it was for me to wake up every day.

“You have the worst case of adrenal fatigue I’ve seen since I have been in practice.  If I had to hypothesize I would say somehow your body was keeping itself going before you became pregnant but the stress of carrying a baby pushed you over the edge” said the integrative physician.

Within minutes of her explaining adrenal fatigue to me,  I knew we finally had the right diagnosis.  This was the beginning of untangling the weight gain and weight loss web.


Adrenal Fatigue



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One thought on “Untangling the Weight Gain and Weight Loss Web

  1. Tanya, you certainly have had quite a journey and you have had the tenacity to stick with it. We all have our challenges and you are showing us to keep our eyes on “The Prize.” Thank You!! Linda G.


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