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4 Jan

Flab to Fab in 7 Easy Months

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!

P.S. This story was titled by the author of the story, Erin.

real life stories stories 1 2Dear Mark,

I am so excited to have a story I feel is worth submitting to the Primal Blueprint Real Life Stories. It’s certainly not anything I imagined at the beginning of this journey.

My story began like so many of the other stories I’ve read on Mark’s Daily Apple. Although I was very skinny in my younger years, sometime around puberty I started to pick up “baby fat” even though I’d had none previously. Through college my weight would fluctuate up and down. One year I’d be a size 6, and the next a 10. My eating habits, like most college students, were awful, but I walked almost everywhere I went, and my job working with children kept me on my feet all day, so I always stayed in an “average” range.

In my early 20s, when I stopped living within a mile radius of everywhere important I had to be and started working a job that involved a lot more sitting, I noticed the weight start to creep on again. However, this time it stayed. I wasn’t happy with this new development, and started to make some changes.

Thus began the vicious cycle of Chronic Cardio and CW diet that would inevitably lead to disappointment and giving up, only to try again 6 months later when my pants didn’t fit. I can remember at one point going to two back to back fitness classes three times a week (one strength and one cardio), and spending 60 grueling minutes on the treadmill or elliptical the other four days. I would go home and eat some low fat, whole grain dinner and count my calories like my life depended on it. However, despite all of this work, I could only take off 5-10 lbs and wasn’t seeing the kind of results that would make my effort feel worth it.

In my mid-20s my doctor did some routine blood work and told me I was hypoglycemic. She recommended I check out an insulin resistance diet and make some changes, since the cycle of hypoglycemia can often lead to diabetes. I started to eat more protein and less carbs (I still held tight to the whole grains, I was a self-proclaimed pasta addict), and did actually lose some weight. But life happened and I quickly fell off the wagon.

Somewhere along the line, I resigned myself to “the way things were” and decided I clearly wasn’t blessed with the genes to obtain the body I wanted. Unfortunately, that resignation, combined with taking on an incredibly stressful and demanding job in the summer of 2011, led to a hefty weight gain.

In the spring of 2012 I attended a dog show (I show Australian Shepherds) and was so excited to have a wonderful weekend full of many wins. Winning dogs means taking win pictures. When I pulled up the website to order my win pictures, though, I was horrified at the me that I saw. I mean, yes I had had to buy a new outfit the week before because my usual skirt and jacket suits didn’t fit anymore, but I wasn’t prepared for the image I saw. It was truly a low point for me to have a visual that, at only 26 years old, I was heavy and out of shape.

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I knew it was time for a radical change, but didn’t know what that was since nothing had ever given me “big” results before. Around that same time, one of my Facebook friends shared an article from Mark’s Daily Apple titled “17 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight.” I was hooked.

I spent the next week reading through everything on MDA and immediately went out and bought The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation. I was hesitant to get my hopes up, since I’d only been disappointed in the past, but was shocked to lose 7 lbs in the first two weeks! The poor people around me got really tired of hearing about “Primal” and “Mark says…,” but they were certainly noticing my results.

After a few weeks on the PB diet I noticed I had more energy, slept better, and was just generally a happier person. I walked, a lot, and even got my company to put in a standing desk for me at work. The weight just kept melting off without any kind of effort on my part. For the first time in years I stopped getting that awful low blood sugar feeling if I didn’t eat something every few hours. And the best part is I was never hungry.

A couple months in I added some IF into the mix. I never really planned a fast, but I would wake up and just wouldn’t eat until I was hungry. The fat really started to come off then, and my body was starting to really shape up.

I’ve gotten into boot camp recently, and do it 2-3 times a week for my strength training and play (I genuinely love it). The most amazing thing, to me, is that I can “exercise” just a couple of times a week and get much bigger results than when I used to spend hours in the gym. When your body is doing what it was meant to do, it’s actually not difficult at all!

All in all, I went from a size 12 or 14 (I’m honestly not sure as I stopped keeping track at some point and wore a lot of clothes with “give”) down to a size 4 in about 7 months. I never thought I’d see a 4 again! I’ve lost over 40 pounds, and the fat is still coming off as I continue to work on toning my body up and building some muscle.

I can now go for a run “just for fun” and not be out of breath in a quarter mile. I can have a camera turned on me and not feel instant anxiety. I can skip a meal and not be tired and grumpy because my blood sugar is low. And most of all, I feel great and I look great.

Oh, and those dog show suits… they still don’t fit, but now it’s because they fall off of me.

Erin

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  1. Very inspiring thanks for sharing! You look happy and beautiful in your “after” photo Erin!

    Michelle wrote on January 4th, 2013
    • Yay Erin! I’m really really pleased for you. My only small bit of advice is just to make this a lifestyle choice – you’ve not been on “a diet” as so many people would suggest or “another fad”…..you’ve changed yourself to what you should be forever, so don’t let any of those down beat types out there think its anything other than “just the way you are”

      Great stuff.

      Adrian

      Adrian Keane wrote on January 4th, 2013
    • You look amazing Erin! Thanks for sharing your story and congrats on the amazing transformation.

      Kelly Fitzsimmons wrote on January 6th, 2013
  2. Stunning, Fab indeed!

    Matty wrote on January 4th, 2013
  3. Great transformation, you are looking great. I am so jealous of your standing desk, I wish I had one. Or even better, one of those treadmill desks.

    Wayne Atwell wrote on January 4th, 2013
    • On December 10th I created a standing desk for myself with a case of printer paper: I carried the whole full case (5000 sheets) from the supply room to my cube and set my monitor on four reams. I used 7 reams for my keyboard (3 on either side in the shape of a V and one going cross-wise to make an A), and 3 on for my wireless mouse. I use the box as my standing work area.

      Testing it out before I made the commitment to buy something! I love it. I got a $15 cushy-pad to stand on (never realized how hard the floors are!), and I have to say, it is completely amazing and I love it!!

      defrog wrote on January 4th, 2013
      • Although the construction sounds very Primal, I wanted to share another option :) My employer wouldn’t go for a stand-up desk due to “esthetics,” but they did go for this: http://www.ergodesktop.com/content/kangaroo-0. It gives you the option to sit or stand without any clutter. I’m obsessed with it and many of my co-workers are now requesting one as well.

        Erin – you look fabulous! I grew up with Aussies too – congrats on your success in the ring and in health!

        TJ Chamberlain wrote on January 4th, 2013
        • Thanks for posting this link to the ergodesk! This looks like a great option for a budget re-do of the desk and I’ve really been wanting to try a standing workstation!

          Tina wrote on January 9th, 2013
        • I just checked the price and, okay, maybe “budget” was not the correct word but maybe my boss will go halfsies on one.

          Tina wrote on January 9th, 2013
      • I made my standing desk today! Thanks so much! I’m so thankful not to be sitting all. day. long. at work!!! I still have an area for sitting down to write and talk on the phone so am doing the up and down. You MADE my day!!

        KCalla wrote on January 15th, 2013
        • Yeah – the ergodesk isn’t “cheap,” but it is in comparison to a brand new desk. Going from sitting to standing literally takes seconds. Not to add to the price, but if you get a wireless keyboard and mouse it really helps to streamline everything :)

          TJ Chamberlain wrote on January 16th, 2013
    • I want to build a treadmill desk. Build, because I want each of the four corners to move up and down relative to each other every couple minutes at random and I want plenty of physical variation in the belt surface, from simple texture to 2-3 inch tall objects. Basically, I don’t want to walk on the sidewalk all day. I want interesting ground and random topography.

      Typed from my improv standing desk, made from two stacks of books, a 10″ tall locker organizer, and a clipboard. Or by putting the laptop on the shelf built into the desk.

      Bill C wrote on January 23rd, 2013
  4. Erin,

    Congratulations are you succes. The look on your face at the end says it all! Keep up the good work.

    Have any of those people who got “tired of hearig about primal and mark” follow your lead after seeing your awesome results?

    Luke DePron wrote on January 4th, 2013
    • Thank you! I have actually had several people follow suit when they’ve seen my results. My mother even started incoporating some primal principles recently.

      ErinFS wrote on January 4th, 2013
  5. Wow, you are beautiful!

    Tim wrote on January 4th, 2013
    • i’ll second to that. she is definitely a Beauty.

      einstein wrote on January 5th, 2013
  6. This is a great story, to me at least. Very similar to my history. The weight started slowly accumulating during and after college. I never realized it until I saw a picture of myself from a vacation, and could barely recognize myself. At 26, the person in the picture looked like he was in his 40s. I was in shock. A couple more traumatic events occurred and my journey began. I’ve dropped all the weight, and now at 33 I get mistaken for being college-aged.

    Congratulations Erin, I hope you keep that dog show outfit and laugh at it. I still have the XL shirt I was wearing in my “fat” picture and every now and then I put it on, wrap it around myself and enjoy a good chuckle!!!

    Keep up the great work, you look happy, confident, and fantastic!!!

    -John

    jrVegantoPrimal wrote on January 4th, 2013
    • What a great idea John! I do sometimes pull out my old clothes and put them. Especially during those moments when my brain forgets how much my body has changed!

      ErinFS wrote on January 4th, 2013
    • Fit guy in a fat coat! (Good luck ripping it with a Hulk Hogan flex)

      Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on January 5th, 2013
  7. LOVE your after photo! You look so confidant and sassy! Keep up the good work lady!

    Merky wrote on January 4th, 2013
  8. Wow, Erin! Beautiful story and beautiful photo!

    Allison wrote on January 4th, 2013
  9. Erin, you look amazing! (Which is so great because you FEEL great, too!)

    Wow, as someone who has also struggled with hypoglycemia this is inspiring–I’m on Day 7 of my transformation today; thanks for the great motivation!

    Anne wrote on January 4th, 2013
    • Keep it up Anne! About a month into my Primal transformation I took a work trip with several coworkers to DC. Of course, most of the places they picked to eat had very few Primal options and I ended up doing an uninentional fast one day. After dinner, my coworkers wanted to walk around DC. I’d had a total of about 400 calories that day, and kept waiting for the low blood sugar symptoms to set in… the headache, fatigue, shakes, extreme moodiness, etc. IT NEVER DID! I hiked around DC for hours and wasn’t once tired or even all that hungry. It was wonderful! After that, I knew I would never go back.

      ErinFS wrote on January 4th, 2013
      • First of all, Erin, you are downright hot, girl!..so happy for you. We can see it in your confidence, very cool
        And for all of you out there who have to travel on a regular basis like I do, I have discovered that even if initially the Primal choices are slim, restaurants will do almost anything if you just ask! This is not new and they are getting used to accommodating no-carb requests and cooking alterations. So yes, maybe grass fed beef may be hard to find but you can always make the next best choice and stay Primal.

        Nice job Erin!

        David Churchill wrote on January 5th, 2013
      • That’s what I LOVE so much about primal/low carb… I’ll be working and running errands and whatever — and suddenly realize it’s 4 p.m. and I haven’t eaten yet, cause I’m NOT hungry! No sense of –I have GOT get get something to eat…. just, oh, well, whenever I get home maybe I’ll make some breakfast…. (you know for dinner! {wink}).
        And, oh yes: You look WONDERFUL!

        Elenor wrote on January 5th, 2013
    • Hey Anne! I also had hypoglycemia before going Paleo/Primal, and now I have no issues whatsoever. Like others have said, I’ll realize it’s been six hours since I’ve eaten anything and have no lightheadedness or shakiness at all! I’m so glad you’re beginning your transformation, and I can’t wait to see your success story up here (:

      And Erin, you look amazing! Your after picture is incredibly beautiful, and I’m so glad you feel amazing too!

      Alyssa Luck wrote on January 5th, 2013
  10. Great dog and great after photo! Congrats! I, too, could never lose more than 5-10 lbs despite exercise and that “healthy” low fat diet.

    Colleen wrote on January 4th, 2013
  11. Congratulations, Erin. I love your “after” pic. You have a Mona Lisa smile, like you know some secret the rest of us don’t, but the secret is really PB!

    Have you gone back to the doctor who told you about being hypoglycemic to tell him about your results?

    Decaf Debi wrote on January 4th, 2013
    • Thank you Debi! I have been back to my doctor since and she is very impressed with my results. When she asked me what I was doing and I said I’d cut out all grains, she was very accepting of that. Luckily, she’s a pretty open doctor, so as long as I’m healthy and the bloodwork looks good, she won’t question my diet decisions. She is, however, very happy with the weight loss and my new, stable blood sugar!

      ErinFS wrote on January 4th, 2013
  12. Excellent story – one that many, many people will be able to connect with!

    Paleo all the way!

    Toby Edge wrote on January 4th, 2013
  13. Erin, you look fantastic! Just wondering… I also have about 40 lbs to lose, and though I’ve been eating primally for more than a year now, the weight is sadly not “melting” off of me.

    Did you aim for a certain calorie goal each day?

    Jen wrote on January 4th, 2013
    • You might try keeping track of what you are eating at some place like cronometer.com for a week or two just to see how much you are eating and in what categories you are eating. Whenever I start to feel like I’m getting off track I go back and track what I’m doing until I’m back on track. For me it helps.

      David wrote on January 4th, 2013
      • Same here. It’s amazing how my eye needs recalibrating so often. I keep a little electronic scale on my kitchen counter to spot check my protein servings. It makes a difference!

        gibson wrote on January 4th, 2013
        • Me to, my weight has not melted off, I have seen many other benefits though. I have been primal for over a year. I think years of sad dieting has messed up my hormones. I heard if you eat to much protein you can possible gain weight or not loose it(not sure where I read that at can not sight the source) and you should counter act that with eating more fat with your protein. Can anyone verify that?

          rdzins wrote on January 4th, 2013
    • I’m kind of in the same boat, so I just re-read the “17 Reasons” blog post (http://www.marksdailyapple.com/17-reasons-youre-not-losing-weight/#axzz2H1hoR5jx).

      I know I’m not getting enough exercise, so I’m upping the walking and adding back the body-weight exercises that I’ve neglected. I’m also cutting some calories, mainly by watching my alcohol intake, a little IF, and using a little less fat in cooking. My carb intake is already pretty low, but I tend to get carried away with fats because I love cooking so much; butter, coconut oil, olive oil, home-made tallow, etc. I can just use a little less without affecting hunger levels or needing to make up the balance with protein or carbs.

      Mark A wrote on January 4th, 2013
    • I’m with you – an incredible story and I am so very happy for you Erin!! But goodness, I wish I would see some budge on the scale or the clothes.

      Erin (or others), any suggestions are most appreciated! And I’ll keep reading these inspiring stories, keep eating primally, and keep those fingers crossed.

      Wren wrote on January 4th, 2013
    • I use myfitnesspal, and have been doing so for over a year. It really keeps me on track. I am one of those people that needs to watch my food intake or I will gain weight, even if I am under 50 carbs.

      I stopped using it in the fall and watched the scale climb! When I am not accountable to myself, I eat as much as my husband, which is fun, but BAD. I started using it again in December and even though I was bad throughout the holidays, the weight started to drop!

      Good luck!

      Nikki wrote on January 4th, 2013
      • Me too! Using myfitnesspal again, but just started using it again this week.

        Ara wrote on January 4th, 2013
    • IntermittentFast! Caloric intake isn’t as important as macronutrient and micronutrient correct percentages.

      D wrote on January 4th, 2013
      • True the quality of what we eat is important, but ‘some’ people have to remember that to much is to much and the quality fats have to be in balance with the quality proteins.

        David wrote on January 4th, 2013
    • Hi Jen! I did not necessarily aim for a certain calorie goal every day. In the beginning, in order to transition, I let myself eat literally whatever I wanted so long as it was primal. In the beginning of my transition I found myself hungry much more often, and sometimes my calorie count was high. One day though, the hunger just stopped and I found that I average about 1300-1500 calories a day, give or take some. I will say that when I started practicing some fasting, the weight came off much more rapidly. It may be something to try if you haven’t started yet. The bootcamp a few times a week really helped too. The one thing I havne’t incorporated is sprinting, but my goal is to start this year. I still have a layer of fat of my muscles (although luckily much smaller than it used to be!) and would love to get rid of it so I have some definition instead of being slim but “soft.”

      ErinFS wrote on January 4th, 2013
      • Hi Erin,
        I loved your story, good on you, and the after photo is fab.

        Heather wrote on January 4th, 2013
      • Oh dear. “Slim but soft” is what women are “supposed” to be. (Don’t throw things at me please, all you hard-bodies… but) one of the biggest differences between women and men is we are SUPPOSED to be softer and rounder and smoother!

        Please consider that you might NOT want to try to get all hard and taut and skin directly on top of muscles. Don’t get caught up in a competition — or fall into overdrive!

        Elenor wrote on January 5th, 2013
        • Well I respectfully but completely disagree with Eleanor. Having a low enough body fat percentage to show the muscles I have worked hard for is important to me. I am happy to have achieved that. Everyone should do what is right for them, but since she expressed her opinion I wanted to express mine. :)

          Strong is the new skinny.

          Rebecca wrote on January 5th, 2013
      • I really, really appreciate this article. I am 27 and have ranged from a size 2 to a size 16 up and down over the past 10 years. Right now, i’m a 10. & I see no reason why I shouldn’t be a 6. your story and background seems so similar to mine that i know i can do it. also i have been searching ALL OVER this website for someone to tell me a general calorie range i should be staying in, so THANK YOU. 1300-1500 seems right on par with what i’ve been doing. thank you thank you!!!

        courtney wrote on February 5th, 2013
      • Hi Erin,

        I’ve been addicted to the success stories and they are all amazing- and your story is inspirational, but I have to say that your after photo is truly amazing, you are really glowing- congrats! I’m on my 3rd day without grains and so excited for the rest of my life!

        Kristine wrote on December 3rd, 2013
  14. Erin, Fantastic results, I agree with you a couple of workouts a week is enough, the rest should be fun!
    Congratulations, you look like a fashion model! Dave.

    David Schilder wrote on January 4th, 2013
  15. Absolutely inspiring Erin! you look amazing in that second shot, and so much happier.

    Malachi wrote on January 4th, 2013
  16. What a great transformation! You look sensational in that after pic! Movie? lol

    Jesse wrote on January 4th, 2013
  17. Congratulations Erin! You look awesome!

    kathleen wrote on January 4th, 2013
  18. Your smile and posture say it all. Congrats

    David wrote on January 4th, 2013
  19. Love the dress!! You look so happy and confident. Thank you for the inspiration.

    Amy wrote on January 4th, 2013
  20. Erin, what an amazing transformation! Now you are the way a healthy 26-year-old should be!

    NJ Paleo wrote on January 4th, 2013
  21. Does anyone else see Juliette Lewis in the after photo?

    Wow! You look great, and congratulations!!

    Nick wrote on January 4th, 2013
    • yep.

      Greg wrote on January 4th, 2013
    • Yes she does favor Juliette Lewis around the mouth.
      Erin congrats, you look great! what a success. and you are a fellow Texan to boot :)

      Gayle wrote on January 4th, 2013
    • Juliette Lewis can only wish she looked that great!

      Bayrider wrote on January 4th, 2013
    • Thanks Nick! I have been told that I favor Juliette Lewis, many times. :)

      ErinFS wrote on January 4th, 2013
    • I was thinking Kelly Preston!

      Nathan wrote on January 7th, 2013
  22. Wow, fantastic job, outstanding results!

    I hope a lot of young people see your story and take action on their own behalf. You exercised and ate right as you were led to believe by CW and were totally frustrated by it. With proper nutrition you easily became who you were all along, like a beautiful swan. I see so many twenty somethings headed for obesity these days, it’s shocking. No one should have to go through life in their prime years overweight and unhealthy due to a lack of understanding of nutrition, it’s just tragic.

    You are a tremendous example and I hope you share your story with everyone you come in contact with who needs to hear it. That would be a fantastic gift to them.

    Bayrider wrote on January 4th, 2013
    • Agreed! It feels so great to finally be in the body I always wanted. My confidence is at an all time high and I living and LOVING my life!!

      ErinFS wrote on January 4th, 2013
  23. Uh….uh….

    glorth2 wrote on January 4th, 2013
    • Pretty much haha

      Whitefox999 wrote on January 4th, 2013
  24. Great Job!! I’m going on my 6 months Paleo anniversary in a few weeks and so far I’ve lost about 30lbs. I had the same problem as you with the hypoglycemia, I had to eat every few hours. It sucked. I was living in desperation. Since Paleo I haven’t felt dizzy in months. I will never look back and look forward to sharing my pics in a few more months!

    Great job girl and super inspiring! You Rock!

    rebecca wrote on January 4th, 2013
    • That’s great Rebecca! Keep it up!

      ErinFS wrote on January 4th, 2013
  25. You look fantastic, truly amazing results. Congrats.

    I work at home myself, this reminded me that I should definitely set up a standing workstation.

    Kris Gunnars wrote on January 4th, 2013
  26. Erin – you rock! And in only 7 months, wow.

    John wrote on January 4th, 2013
  27. Fantastic! Plus all your story reminded me to rewatch “Best in Show”.

    Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on January 4th, 2013
    • That movie is hysterical! I think it’s on Netflix streaming. Time to rewatch, for sure.

      Amy wrote on January 4th, 2013
    • Definitely do!! People ask me all the time if the dog show world is really like that, and the answer is… YES!!!

      ErinFS wrote on January 4th, 2013
      • Yes, it sure is…..hate the movie, as it does remind me too much of a regular dog show weekend….beautiful Aussie, Erin (I’m a sucker for red tris!) and you look amazing.

        Laura Norie wrote on January 7th, 2013
    • Look for ‘Worst in Show’ also, a documentary about the ‘World’s Ugliest Dog’ show circuit, which is so hilarious it is scary.

      Sabine wrote on January 5th, 2013
  28. Gorgeous! (Also what a handsome dog ;) )

    cTo wrote on January 4th, 2013
  29. Looking gorgeous Erin! Well done!

    Primal Pisces wrote on January 4th, 2013
  30. Beautiful before…stunning after! Primal rocks.

    Nocona wrote on January 4th, 2013
    • +1

      Brooke wrote on January 4th, 2013
    • +1

      Tanja Tr. wrote on January 4th, 2013
    • +1

      Joy Beer wrote on January 4th, 2013
  31. Freedom from the tyranny of hunger is a wonderful thing,you look great!

    Peter C. wrote on January 4th, 2013
  32. Awesome! Congratulations on your success, you are an inspiration to PBers.

    Eric wrote on January 4th, 2013
  33. You look absolutely AMAZING. Grok on!!!

    James wrote on January 4th, 2013
  34. Chance Bunger wrote on January 4th, 2013
  35. You’re beautiful, Erin, and so full of life! And I have to add that I love those Aussies. ;)

    gibson wrote on January 4th, 2013
  36. wow shes gorgeous! way to go bud!

    brandon clobes wrote on January 4th, 2013
  37. GORGEOUS!!!!!
    side note: wait? we can show altered dogs now? (I haven’t been in a ring in over 30 yrs)

    Peggy wrote on January 4th, 2013
    • You look amazing Erin, congrats!

      Um.. what’s an altered dog?

      mars wrote on January 4th, 2013
      • when showing canines are divided by gender (dog for male, bitch for female) and age catagories & such. An altered dog is a neutered male.
        I haven’t been in the ring since the 70s & dogs & bitches had to be intact (not altered). Part of what a judges looks at when examining a male is that he has both his testicles in the proper place. this was all AKC. Now there’s a UKC too & their rules might allow that. Oh this is all in “confirmation” showing. Like Westminster & such.

        Peggy wrote on January 4th, 2013
        • OK I looked it up – UKC allowed altered dogs!!! I can still show my lovely boy :)

          Peggy wrote on January 4th, 2013
    • Thanks Peggy! Yes, you can show altered dogs in UKC! I also can show altered dogs in ASCA, a registry specifically for Aussies. I love that I can still take my altered boy out, since showing is his favorite thing in the whole world. You should definitely get your altered boy to some UKC shows. The altered program is so much fun because every is there purely for the love of showing the dogs, and not all of that nasty politics of showing intact dogs!

      ErinFS wrote on January 4th, 2013
  38. WOW Erin, you look amazing, i am so proud of you friend!!

    Raye wrote on January 4th, 2013
    • Thanks!! <3

      ErinFS wrote on January 4th, 2013
  39. Thank you so much for posting! Such an inspiration to those of us just starting out! *hugs*

    Z. O. wrote on January 4th, 2013
    • You are welcome! Keep it up! It is truly wonderful to know you’ve taken your health into your hands.

      ErinFS wrote on January 4th, 2013
  40. Awesome job, Erin this is fantastic! I love the confidence you’ve found within yourself!

    Rachael wrote on January 4th, 2013

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