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17 Jan

A Family Affair: Mother, Father and Sisters Go Primal and Reap Benefits

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

real life stories stories 1 2Hi Mark!

Every Friday, I take my obligate study break and read each week’s success story, hoping one day that I could be featured. I am still a work in progress. It seems as if every day I find a new thing to lament. But reflecting back on this year, I must say that I’ve come really far and would like to share my story with the world.

I’d been overweight for most of my life. I weighed 70 lbs at age 3. There is an infamous picture of me in my kindergarten graduation cap and gown at that age (my parents started me in school early) that hangs in my parents’ living room. My chubby face is dead-center, with cheeks so plump, my eyes look forced shut. Every year, I dreaded getting weighed. I hated seeing my doctor write down ever-increasing numbers. Then, it became the rule to get weighed at school. The teacher would announce everyone’s weight as they stepped off the scale. The first time they instituted this rule, I was 9 years old and in the fifth grade…and weighed a whopping 125 pounds. My weight steadily crept up until I got to my heaviest of 175 at age 15. Mind you, I am very short. During this time, I was 5’2”, so every pound of weight gain immediately made itself known on my slight frame. When I saw that 175 I lost it. I made a resolution to lose the weight no matter what.

And I did. But in the most unhealthy way imaginable. I decided that I would eat 500 calories a day and work out for 2 hours each day, on top of that. I attended an elite preparatory school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where we had chefs cook our breakfasts, snacks, and lunches. The cafeteria abounded with homemade rolls, carrot-ginger dressings, pies, tons of ice cream flavors, croissants, rich buttery sauces, rice, pasta, anything your heart could desire and your mind could think of. It was a culinary heaven. But when I decided to embark on my 500 calorie quest, I stuck to water and fruit. Day in and day out. Dinner would be low calorie hot chocolate made from a processed mix and water with toast. I took “Advanced Fitness” as my gym class in school, and would diligently walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes at the highest incline I could stand and then do 30 minutes of weight lifting. I even stuck to this during the holidays, doing at home workouts and eating just salad. In just 5 months, I lost 55 pounds. I was a frail-looking 120 pounds. But seeing that number made me so happy.

I remember going to a lake house my uncle and aunt had rented for a weekend getaway for our family. I hadn’t seen them in about 6 months, and when I stepped out of the car, their jaws dropped. I, initially, was happy to see this response. But their eyes told the truth. My uncle and aunt, both doctors, looked worried, shocked, and even somewhat disgusted. “Why’d you lose so much weight?”, they asked. “Don’t you know how you can mess up your body, your hormones, doing all this unnecessary stuff?”, they yelled. But I didn’t care. I was thin and proud.

I maintained this weight loss almost effortlessly through junior and senior years of high school and then as a freshman at Yale University. I ate whatever I wanted, worked out, and gained about 5 pounds, but felt this was a “healthier” weight for me. Then magically, I weighed myself during my sophomore year of college and weighed 135. Then during junior year, 150. I was so scared that the weight I had lost was coming back. So I embarked on yet another weight loss journey, this time turning to Insanity at-home workouts and low carb dieting. In just two months, I went back down to 125. I started senior year looking and feeling great.

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The first pic is me during junior year of college, when I had regained most of the weight I had lost at the end of high school, weighing around 150. The second pic is me at 125-130 right after college. Still eating low carb without any worry about the nutritional qualities of my food. Smaller but still noticeably skinny-fat/without much definition.

Or so I thought. Ever since I had lost weight the first time, I’d have pesky issues bothering me. I noticed I had long sideburns. Then I noticed hairs on my chin. Then sprouting up in the middle of my cheeks! I noticed that my periods were extra long and heavy, lasting 10 days. I remember sitting on a toilet for about two hours on the second day of one of my periods because the flow was so heavy my sanitary napkin was soaked within 5 minutes. I also remember the immense pain associated with my periods. I’d be curled up in a ball on the bathroom floor asking God why he was punishing me. More than a few times, I had to be taken to the hospital. Then my periods started coming irregularly, to the point where I sometimes had two per month. And my skin was horrible. Constant breakouts, not just of the superficial, pustule kind, but the achy, deep, cystic ones too. My skin was oily and slick. Constant picking at my skin left a mottled mix of raw skin, scars, and hyperpigmentation on my face. I was wearing makeup to school to hide these issues every day. I cried (man, I cried a lot when I was younger) about not being able to show my true skin and be myself. I didn’t socialize much and didn’t want to be seen in public. I often wished I could be reborn without all these weight and skin issues.

When these symptoms first started creeping up, at around age 16, I saw an endocrinologist and was diagnosed with PCOS. Ultrasound revealed that my ovaries were riddled with tons of tiny cysts. My only treatment option at the time was birth control. I tried it for a year and stopped because I saw no progress. During college, I finally worked up the courage to see a dermatologist and was immediately put on a plethora of things that she claimed would fix my skin: topical antibiotics, oral antibiotics, topical retinol, topical corticosteroids, the works. Every 3 months, I’d be trying new antibiotics because nothing seemed to work. It was a costly and frustrating time. My self-esteem was at an extreme low. Even though I had worked my weigh back down to 125, I felt like I was a mess. Here I was, graduating with Honors from one of the best colleges in the world, and I felt like my world was spinning out of control. I had lost the weight, but nothing was fixed. That’s when I realized that it was all about health and not about weight.

The week before I began my first year of medical school at the end of August 2012, I happened upon the Whole30 website. I immediately clicked on the Testimonial tab and scrolled down the list. No more acid reflux, uh huh. No more acne, ok, maybe I this might work for me. Then I scrolled down and saw testimonials for PCOS! I decided then and there to embark on my first Whole30. It was scary. I was used to the low carb life, but no beans or dairy, and I could actually eat sweet potatoes? I convinced myself that because my body would be working as it’s supposed to, my body could handle more nutrient-dense sources of carbs. And I went all in. Acne vanished. Skin lesions healed super fast. I happened upon your website and incorporated more Primal-based ideas of exercise, taking on heavy lifting, walking, and sprinting. My body fat melted. My muscles popped. From body-fat estimates, I started out at 25% and am now sitting at around 17%! I weigh around 135, which still in my mind is a bit too high, but fit into size 4 dresses with ease. I even managed to grow 2 inches! I felt, and still feel, like a new person! And this past spring, I had another ultrasound done and guess what? No cysts. And my periods come like clock work, and only last a few days. The cramping pain associated with them is much less severe, and I have noticed, darn-near unnoticeable if I stick to strict Primal. My facial hair has also reduced drastically, but because of my hair quality, I am prone to ingrown hairs. This issue, however, is being handled with holistic approaches to health (and electrolysis). I newly discovered Stefani Ruper, of Paleo for Women fame, and am now even more committed to this lifestyle for the long haul.

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Me now!
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Me now without acne!

More than beating my PCOS, I am especially thankful for this lifestyle because of the effect it has had on my family members. Seeing how much my health has improved, my mother, father, and sister have all embraced this lifestyle with success of their own. My mom, once a diabetic with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and overweight has now gotten rid of all but one of her medications and has lost 30 pounds. My father, who once suffered from chronic pain and obesity, has lost 50 pounds and now routinely takes 4 mile walks whenever possible and is prone to turning on the radio at home and dancing like a mad man. My sister, who was starting to show signs of PCOS and who gained 50 pounds in just two years while at college, is now the leanest, meanest machine I’ve seen. I’ve even gotten one of my close college friends on track and we regularly update each other with the best Paleo recipe we’ve tried that week or our new favorite Paleo/Primal blogs.

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My father at his heaviest, and my father now.
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My sister and mom at their heaviest.
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My sister and mom now.

I’m still working on getting rid of the hirsutism, and my new goal is to get a six-pack, haha. But I now recognize that even though I am a work in progress, I have made progress and I am not broken. Turning to the Paleo/Primal lifestyle has been the greatest thing to happen to my loved ones and me.  Now, I can’t wait to be a primary care doctor and spread this message to my future patients!

Thanks, Mark! Couldn’t have done it without you!

Janelle

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. Wow! A total family makeover. Congrats to you and your whole family.

    Sharon in NC wrote on January 17th, 2014
  2. What a beautiful journey. Thanks for sharing the pictures of your family – my favorite parts of all of the success stories are hearing about the successes of those touched by the original story! I commend you for speaking powerfully about where you were, and for recognizing that it’s all in the path, not the destination. Way to go!!!!!!

    Nick wrote on January 17th, 2014
  3. It is so much easier with support. I encourage anyone that doesn’t have this kind of support at home to find it elsewhere. Many areas have groups already in place. In New Orleans, we have oe with over 400 people. It is such a huge help to share and learn from each other!

    Great job! Keep up the good work and spread the word. :-)

    Tamara (New Orleans) wrote on January 17th, 2014
  4. way to spread the wealth in a super positive way- by example! you look fantastic, congratulations on your regained health. (and go bulldogs!)

    adina wrote on January 17th, 2014
  5. To have a primary care doctor with your mindset of the importance of food makes me so happy. I have only met one and unfortunately, she was not taking new patients. Good luck with your future endeavors and and congrats on all the success you and your family have made.
    I have a AI conditions and am very resentful of the one comment of my GP. I remember asking “Do you think what I am eating is causing this?” I got a look of – stupid girl with “No, you are thin, it is not your food.” It makes me so optimistic to know there are caregivers out there (and soon to be) who are open minded and don’t just rely on pharmaceuticals. I have been off meds for close to three years now.
    PS. Beautiful skin.

    Jai wrote on January 17th, 2014
  6. I’ve never commented on a story before but this one was so great. I love how you inspired your whole family and went through this journey of self-discovery while getting a degree from Yale and going to med school!? WOW! Good on you! You look fantastic, but I’m sure the way you feel means more to you than that :)

    Laura wrote on January 17th, 2014
  7. Congratulations on your regained health and being a great role model to the rest of your family. Well done!

    Mark wrote on January 17th, 2014
  8. So happy that you will become an MD who appreciates that indeed, food is related to health. I am the daughter of two doctors who fail to realize this (my mom is a dermatologist and would have given you the same antibiotic treatment as your derm without mentioning food). I am so proud and hopeful for the future!

    Diane wrote on January 17th, 2014
  9. OMG wish i could get my fam to do that, they still think im crazy! great job!

    Brandon clobes wrote on January 17th, 2014
  10. An entire family doing well!!!!! You can’t argue with that!!!I think we are all works in progress. I don’t know that anyone ever “arrives” at the place where they want to be. There’s always something to improve. Love how your healthy – vibrant- and making things happen in your life!!! So cool!

    Carrie Spencer wrote on January 17th, 2014
  11. WOW! Amazing journey for you all – than you for sharing!!

    Diana wrote on January 17th, 2014
  12. I love that you are or are becoming a doctor. We need more people in the medical community to understand and recommend the things that REALLY help people achieve and maintain health. You look beautiful. Thanks for sharing your story – keep up the good work!

    Terri wrote on January 17th, 2014
  13. Bless you for coming together as a family and accomplishing this wonderful achievement. I am constantly amazed at how similar all of our stories are. I genuinely hope more and more people will figure out that they have been lied to and how simple it is to reverse the effects of it.
    Keep Grokking on!!

    Vince G wrote on January 17th, 2014
  14. What a great story and the best part is that there will be one more doctor who gets it!

    Colleen wrote on January 17th, 2014
    • Hear! Hear! We need more health professionals that are all in with the Primal movement. I have known an unbelievable number of doctors, nurses, and chiropractors (even nutritionists!) who themselves were far from healthy.

      Babar wrote on March 13th, 2014
  15. Just beautiful – all of you and your success. Great to know you’ll be passing on your knowledge in primary care.

    Grokesque wrote on January 17th, 2014
  16. Thanks for sharing your story. So inspiring in so many ways!

    Angela wrote on January 17th, 2014
  17. WOW!!! the beauty of the entire family is off the scale!!!
    The press can bash this life-style all they want – the facts don’t lie.
    so many wins in this story, but I especially love hearing that you father is dancing again ^_^

    Peggy wrote on January 17th, 2014
  18. Beautiful Story and you are beautiful as well! Congratulations!

    robb75 wrote on January 17th, 2014
  19. Bless you all for finding health– and doing it through MDA!!!

    Pastor Dave Deppisch wrote on January 17th, 2014
  20. havent commented in a while – but this WHOLE family rocks!! I want my success story to include my family, but it may not happen in this lifetime…..
    by the way, let us know where you will be practicing medicine, because I could sure use a new Dr.!

    HopelessDreamer wrote on January 17th, 2014
  21. I’m so glad you are going to be a doctor! Yay, more paleo, holistic-mindset medicine!

    primalpal wrote on January 17th, 2014
  22. Janelle, welcome back from hell and now being in a healthy tribe.

    Nocona wrote on January 17th, 2014
  23. Inspirational! Such amazing progress and real proof that primal DOES work! So glad you are going to become a doctor as well- i’m sure you will bring much needed knoweledge and advice to patients in an otherwise naive medical community that i continue to have little faith in. Great work!!

    Susannah wrote on January 17th, 2014
  24. Amazing! Thanks for sharing.
    PCOS is so confusing and depressing. It took me 10 years to be diagnosed and 20 years to figure it out. Dairy/sugar very bad for my hormones. Keep spreading the word. Hopefully it helps so many other women who don’t know where to look for help.
    Laurie, Canada

    Laurie wrote on January 17th, 2014
    • Tell me about it. PCOS is so frustrating to deal with. It definitely takes a lot of trial and error to figure out what to do to deal with the symptoms. Hooray for you figuring out what to avoid! I’m still a work in progress but do stay away from dairy and most sugars as well.

      janelle1122 wrote on January 17th, 2014
  25. WOW!!! What a great result! So nice that your family noticed what was working well for you and responded they way they did.
    I’d say to not worry about the six pack too much, I hear they are sold at the market so you can have one from there. You don’t have to carry it around with you on your tummy like men do, it’s ok to leave it on the floor of the pantry like I do. What? Not what you meant? ;-D

    2Rae wrote on January 17th, 2014
    • HAHAHA this made me laugh out loud. Right before going to bed, for some reason, the thought of the 6 pack came along and I realized I didn’t even want it anymore. I just like feeling strong and healthy, which this lifestyle has allowed me to do!

      janelle1122 wrote on January 17th, 2014
      • I would like a six pack – if only for a week! Way to go Janelle.

        Vanessa wrote on January 17th, 2014
  26. This is great story Janelle! Congratulations!

    Griffin wrote on January 17th, 2014
  27. Your skin looks amazing! I’ve also struggled with acne and skin picking and it really does damage self-esteem. Dermatologists did nothing for me, and my acne led me to Mark’s Daily Apple as well. Congratulations on your journey!

    Sunny wrote on January 17th, 2014
    • Thanks!! I’m still working on the picking thing for the odd occasion when I do get a small pimple; it’s SUCH a bad habit. But diet is really key. And manuka honey is my savior! It’s great for washing one’s face and for healing raw skin.

      janelle1122 wrote on January 17th, 2014
  28. Hey everyone!! Thanks for all of the wonderful, positive comments. I can’t wait for the day when I can be added to the Primal Docs Network. I’ve already had a little taste of spreading the Paleo/Primal knowledge to patients, since I had the great opportunity to teach a few diabetes education classes at a Family Medicine center affiliated with my medical school. I’ll be continuing research there, working with patients to help them develop lifestyle changes to combat their diabetes and will be definitely using the Paleo/Primal tenets as my foundation.

    Janelle wrote on January 17th, 2014
    • How receptive has your medical school been to your paleo/primal enthusiasm? Are they giving you fair credence or have they been fairly dismissive? Just curious to know how you’re able to combat all the CW as a new doc. Best of luck and keep up the fantastic work1

      Stacie wrote on January 17th, 2014
      • Hi Stacie! Most people in my class just think of me as a health nut. I think I made a comment further down on this page that one of the teachers at my medical school actually is well known in the realm of Exercise Nutrition and taught us a three week course on Nutrition that was 99% Paleo/Primal. His new research is even about dietary fats and their role in exercise performance and recovery. It was great, but when I asked him why we only get 3 weeks about something as important as nutrition, he said that 1) most doctors don’t really care about nutrition 2) most other doctors don’t even believe what he says. Even among faculty, he’s know as a “hippie” or “weirdo”. So nope, my school hasn’t been too receptive.

        janelle1122 wrote on January 17th, 2014
    • Hi Janelle- are you in Manhattan now? I am, and I am looking for docs who “get it,” for both myself and for referrals for others. If you are in the area, is there any chance we could meet?

      Andie Butler wrote on January 17th, 2014
      • Hi Andie! I’m not a doctor just yet; I’m in the second semester of my second year. But hopefully I will be practicing in NYC in the near future. Have you checked out Primal Docs? It’s a database of Primal/Paleo oriented physicians. I just did a quick search in New York and this was what I got: http://primaldocs.com/physician-finder/listingfeatures/new-york/
        Hopefully this helps! And let me know if you end up with a great doctor; I myself am looking for a Paleo PCP in NYC!

        janelle1122 wrote on January 17th, 2014
        • I’m in NYC also, and I hope you stick around, because I want you to be my doc! I’m so glad you’ve had this experience and can help to usher in a new approach to health for the common people. You will probably be wildly successful by appealing to such a (currently) niche market. Good luck!

          Samantha wrote on January 19th, 2014
  29. Great story, thanks for sharing your struggles! I was just talking to a friend today whose daughter is having intense acne issues (hope you’re reading this K : ) and I passed along some thoughts on the gluten/sugar connection, rather than just more drugs and creams. It’s hard for a high school senior to make such a drastic change, but really hope she tackles it for a month and sees some fantastic results. It could save so many years of tears. Your story being posted today is awesome! Go Paleo doc as well!

    Marti wrote on January 17th, 2014
    • Please share that advice with her! I always know if I’ve been “glutened” if I wake up the next morning with a pimple. So even just cutting out gluten and cutting down sugars could help a bunch. And another thing that has worked wonders for my skin is also using Paleo/Primal-ish ingredients ON my skin. I regularly wash my face with either raw honey or Manuka honey, and make my own toner using witch hazel, thyme, raw honey, and apple cider vinegar. I also use green tea matcha powder and activated charcoal as masks. For a more Primal route, she could use raw yogurt as a face mask, since it has lactic acid in it which could serve as a chemical exfoliator. Or maybe even baking soda as manual exfoliator. There are tons of things she could try. Maybe she would find it fun to try out new products for her face that she could make herself!

      janelle1122 wrote on January 17th, 2014
      • I’ve just started trying castor oil topically for my teenage son who struggles to limit sugar – so far so good!

        Grokesque wrote on January 17th, 2014
        • oh yes, another great topical!

          janelle1122 wrote on January 17th, 2014
      • Terrific story, Janelle! How do you wash your face with honey? It is so sticky! Do you mix it with something? Is it difficult to rinse off?

        Wishing you every success in med school and beyond; the world needs more people like you in medicine!

        Laurie wrote on January 17th, 2014
        • What I do is, I smear it on my face as soon as I wake up, then do other things like brush my teeth, heat up water to make tea, pack my bag, etc. During this time, my body heat melts it enough that it’s a bit more liquid-y. Then in the shower, I rinse it off with warm water. It really does come off easily. If I don’t have time to let it sit on my face for the 5 mins or so, I’ll wash it off at the end of my shower so that the steam makes it a little liquid-y. If not showering, then make sure to use warm water and some toner like witch hazel to make sure all the residue is off, but it doesn’t take much, like 1-2 swipes. Or 1-2 times a week, I’ll use baking soda to scrub it off as an exfoliator.

          janelle1122 wrote on January 17th, 2014
  30. I am so happy for you and your family and even happier that you will soon be a primal physician! I wish you success with both your continued health and with your future profession.

    Stacey wrote on January 17th, 2014
  31. “That’s when I realized that it was all about health and not about weight”

    I think this, is extremely important. Most people have it backwards, I’m going to lose weight to get healthy, and then they do a bunch of unhealthy things (over exercising and starving themselves). Focus on health and the weight will usually take care of its self, as it did in your case!

    Thanks for sharing, great story. Awesome that you got the family on board, not always easy to do!.

    Luke wrote on January 17th, 2014
    • Unfortunately, most doctors get it backwards too.

      Myra wrote on January 17th, 2014
      • You are so right. And it starts in medical school too. We actually had an AWESOME three week Nutrition course by a guy who’s well known in Exercise Nutrition who basically taught us about grass fed meats and their Omega 3 and CLA fats, about eating a “rainbow” of fruits and vegetables, eating around 50 g of carbs for normal activity and more from starchy vegetables if active, etc. His new research is on dietary fats and their role in exercise performance and recovery. It was amazing, and afterwards I asked him about why our course was so short. He said because most other doctors don’t even agree with what he was teaching us. And suffice to say, NONE of that stuff was on our test. What really aggravates me though is that we always have lunch lectures, but the food served is always a bunch of cookies and pizza! How are we supposed to set good examples for our patients when we treat our own bodies like crap? I’m actually working with a Preventative Medicine resident to create a “Cooking for Health” elective in our clinical years.

        janelle1122 wrote on January 17th, 2014
        • It’s nice to see this reaching the medical establishment in some form. It’s a start! Congratulations and thanks for sharing. Awesome story…

          Ara wrote on January 17th, 2014
        • J, this body of knowledge is going to make you an absolutely invaluable clinician and resource for your patients. Depending on where you practice, it will be a challenge but we are blessed with this information so that we can be a blessing to the lives of others. Welcome to the new true meaning of Doctors Without Borders!!! Love your story and keep fighting the good fight with your family and loved ones, it is totally worth it and they are actually listening. Wow, made my Saturday!

          shelly wrote on January 18th, 2014
        • Janelle,

          First off, congratulations on your amazing health transformation. So inspiring! Out of curiosity, would you be able to relay the name of the exercise science professor? (Either by replying to this post or via email?). I am a 3rd year PhD student studying Nutritional Biochemistry and Physiology at Rutgers and hope to go into some sort of nutrition education job that allows me to teach the importance of eating a traditional diet. As of right now, I know of very few individuals who do this at the collegiate level which is why I am interested in contacting him. This would be greatly appreciated!

          Brenda wrote on January 19th, 2014
  32. YOU get to live a life making a real difference! How thrilling for you!

    -jd

    John D wrote on January 17th, 2014
  33. Wonderful story, Janelle. We should always be works in progress, every day, every year of our lives.

    Your future patients will also benefit from the experiences you shared today; and perhaps one day you will become a professor and train future generations of physicians….

    Good luck!

    “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” (Hippocrates)

    SumoFit wrote on January 17th, 2014
  34. 100% fabulous, you and your family! It’s so great to hear that you’ll be the kind of doctor people *really* need for great health. And you don’t just know about it, you’ve lived it. Go you!

    Someone wrote on January 17th, 2014
  35. I love this story. You look fantastic! I have hope for the next generation of doctors!

    joey wrote on January 17th, 2014
  36. Congratulations, Janelle! You’ve accomplished so much in your young life – surviving your own health problems, graduating from Yale and going to Medical School, helping your family (by your example) to get healthy and even dancing, and passing on the PB lifestyle laws. You all look healthy and happy!

    I expect great things from you in your future, Dr. Janelle!

    Grok On! :)

    Darlene, San Francisco, CA wrote on January 17th, 2014
  37. Thank you for sharing!

    My husband and I got my father and his mother on board, but we are still struggling to get more family members to understand what real health is. Congratulations to you for getting your family to join you!

    Keep it up, you are awesome!

    Nicole wrote on January 17th, 2014
  38. Congratulations Janelle! While reading your story, I was practically in tears, especially reading the part about your having to get weighed at school and the teacher announcing your weight out loud! Being an overweight child is so incredibly painful, I know.

    You have gone through so much and have made an incredible transformation! And to know you will be entering the medical profession with the ability to change lives is amazing!

    Keep up the good work, you are an inspiration!

    Karen wrote on January 17th, 2014
    • Oh wow, I’m so happy my story touched you! Being an overweight child and teen was really tough; I had really really low self esteem. I still do, but realizing the strength of my own body and all the amazing things it can do, and will be able to with this continued lifestyle, has slowly helped me for the better.

      janelle1122 wrote on January 17th, 2014
  39. Wow, you all have absolutely gorgeous skin now. It’s, like, luminescent and dewy. Absolutely beautiful. Congratulations on all your successes and nice work!

    SJ wrote on January 17th, 2014
    • Aw thanks!

      janelle1122 wrote on January 17th, 2014
  40. I love the sucess stories and yours is wonderful. The best thing is when your loved ones decide to take part, congratlulations :-)

    Hronn wrote on January 17th, 2014

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