I lost more than half my size and I’m just back from The TODAY Show plus filming video for an Atkins Success Promo. What a whirlwind of a long weekend! Read all about it here!
As a blogger, I’m used to receiving fun new products to review, but none changed my life like the digital scale I reviewed here on this blog back in March, 2014. After finding the courage to step on, I saw my actual weight for the first time in several years and was immediately brought to tears. The scale read 326 pounds.
While I was morbidly obese for the vast majority of my life, it wasn’t until that defining moment that I realized just how far the problem had spiraled out of control. I committed to losing the weight and two years later, I found that I’d lost more than half my size – a whopping 180 pounds lost. I’ve continued to maintain that weight ever since.
At my highest weight, I wasn’t just morbidly obese, I was extremely unhealthy and needed to take multiple prescription medications for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression, anxiety and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Today, I’m completely free of all prescription medications and I have a clean bill of health. Now at my “Happy Weight,” I’m sharing my weight loss journey and success in hopes that I can help motivate and inspire others to take the first step. For me, the first step was finding a weight loss plan that I could commit to 100 percent.
I had heard about Atkins as a child and remembered seeing some low carb recipes that were really appealing in social media, so I ordered the free Atkins Nutritionals start-up kit, completely cut out sugar and flour and started eating more whole, fresh foods. The weight began to melt off. During the first week, I lost 11 pounds and, while some of that could be attributed to water weight, I saw the scale drop 4-5 pounds per week for the next month and then maintained an average of 2-3 pounds lost per week for several months. In total, I lost the first 100 pounds in the first eight months and continued losing an additional 80 pounds in the next 12 months. As of now, I have maintained my healthy weight for seven months and several national media outlets have taken notice.
Last month, my weight loss success was featured in Fitness Magazine and mentioned in Women’s Health. This month, my success went in front of the camera – first, I was in Denver along with nine other Atkins success stories filming a video success story and participated in a photo shoot after spending some time having my hair, makeup and wardrobe professionally done. The video footage and photography will be used to create a one-minute success video for each of the ten participants that will be used for internet commercials and may also be used in part for television commercials. I’ll share links to these things as I get them!
Following my time in Denver, I boarded a plane to New York City where I was surprised with an “Ambush Makeover” before being inducted on Monday, September 19th into Joy Bauer’s “Joy Fit Club” on the TODAY Show during the Fourth Hour with hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. After hearing about my weight loss journey and seeing my “before photos” the show’s hosts were shocked to see the new and improved woman when I walked out on stage. Hoda exclaimed, “Wow, Erica! Nice girl!” when seeing me for the first time. Kathie Lee’s expression was priceless! I felt so amazing in that gorgeous NUE by Shani dress and I loved my hair!!
In addition to adopting a healthier nutritional lifestyle, I’ve added fitness activities to my daily life like DDP Yoga three times a week, and also Kettlebell workouts and I have especially enjoyed hiking the White Mountains of New Hampshire. In July, I summited Mount Washington for the first time during Seek the Peak 2016, in which I raised more than $200 to benefit the Mount Washington Observatory. Last year, I was named an Elite Ambassador for The Color Run Night and completed my first 5k.
Before losing the weight I felt desperate, and hopeless. I was sick, tired and had given up even trying to lose weight. Everything changed in a single moment and my success became my motivation. With every pound lost I was determined to continue. Today, I want others to know that it’s possible to take control of their lives, the key is finding your why and always remembering it along the way.
Follow me on Instagram @ericabuteau to see where my journey takes me from day to day! If you would like more information or to arrange an interview, please contact me here. If you’re looking for help with your own weight loss journey, I now offer lifestyle and weight loss consulting and coaching for as little as $15!
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Today Show Segment on YouTube: https://youtu.be/sC_v3svyfN4
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