080 – Half Size Me: Eat More 2 Weigh Less with Kiki and Lucia (Part 1 of 2)

081_ImageIn this episode of Half Size Me, Heather interviews Kiki and Lucia from Eat More 2 Weigh Less!

These lovely ladies have so much great information to share with that we’re giving you their interview in two parts!

Believe me, you’re going to learn a LOT in this episode.

You’ll hear Kiki and Lucia share

— how eating more will help you repair your metabolism

— why over doing cardio will not give you the fitness “look” you want

— why a metabolic reset will help you with long term weight loss success

— and much more!

Kiki’s Bio:

“I was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago, IL until the the age of 10.  From the first hospitalization at age 5 to my last surgery at 25, and all visits in between,  I’d been no stranger to initials such as ER, IV, MRI, CAT and Rx.  From words like “epilepsy” that I didn’t understand as a toddler (“genius spells” was the “official” diagnosis, given to my 5 year old self) to simpler words that eventually rocked my adult world, like “infertile,” I dealt with quite a few obstacles in my path.

We moved around quite a bit as a family, and eventually landed in VA where I met my high school sweetheart, and best friend, whom I would later go on to marry.  My high school years, outwardly, did not differ from that of my peers, with the exception of the continued relationship with doctors, pharmacies, and the Emergency Room.  I did the best I could to “keep up appearances” until Senior year, when the pressure of it all led to one ER visit, in particular, that changed my outlook on life.  I was determined from then on that I’d try to live whatever life I had, however long it may be, the best that could.

To start, I tossed every medication that was left on my dresser when I was released from the hospital.  It was a bold move, but one that I would never regret.  I had made a determination that since the doctors could not “fix” me, then I’d have to take it on myself.  At only 17 years old, I hadn’t the slightest idea of what that meant, other than not wanting to be chained to numerous orange bottles with white caps.  Though only a child, I knew that I had what mattered to me the most, my family and my God.  My mother had always been into natural/homeopathic remedies, so I began my health quest began with her.  Eventually, I discovered my own love of research and things took off from there.  By no means did I ever “cure” myself, as there is no cure.  But, I came across many things that have improved my quality of life, and have not been back on the medication since.

Loving the legwork, one inquiry would always lead to another, as I became completely engrossed in all things concerning health.  After enough probing, I ultimately stumbled upon info concerning weight loss.  The info was timely as, by then (2001), I’d gotten married, become a homemaker, and packed on the pounds.  I’d already done the crash diets a few times for major events, but I was noticing that the weight took longer to come off each time, yet came back even faster.  Frustrated, and already living at the library, my research took on a whole new meaning.  With the discovery of internet, and inter-library loans, I lived and breathed the things that I was finding out.  As usual with deep scrutiny, I was discovering information that was NOT making it into the books, magazines, TV shows, etc., that were in the mainstream.

After several years of simply gathering the knowledge, I decided to once again take the plunge and become my own test subject.  By then, I’d already decided that this was something I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing.  I also decided then that I needed to be more “official” in my research,  becoming a Certified Fitness Trainer (specializing in Eating Disorders), in order to help others.  The deeper that I searched, the more that I saw that the information was out there, and that there were other people who had gotten results.   It took a bit of time, and tweaking along the way,  but as I began to see the reality of what this research meant, I wanted the world to know.  Since then, those that have been brave enough to take the plunge are finding out for themselves, what I, and those before me have found and discovered.

The EM2WL family is so brave, amazing, and supportive, that I am humbled to hope that any research (past and present), or services that I can offer, will help as many people as possible to reach/exceed their goals.”

Lucia’s Bio:

“I grew up with my mom and granny in Brooklyn, NY. I had just started my first year of college and my parents decided they were over the hustle and bustle of NYC. Good bye cold and hello year round sunshine! We picked up and moved to Florida in December 1989, where I finished my schooling at the wonderful University of Central Florida.

In sunny Florida my parents gained a bit of weight because you can’t walk, but have to drive everywhere here. They were already quite a bit overweight when we moved, and with even less exercise, they begin to suffer from weight related medical issues. Even as a youth, my mind was made up that I would never be overweight and allow food to dictate my world. I worked out religiously and, prior to my 30′s, never had to worry about weight.

I went on to have five beautiful children, one of which I lost. My precious son Vincent drowned two months shy of his second birthday in August 1998. That incident changed my life in so many ways, giving me a new appreciation for life, God, and family. It caused me to start looking at things from a new and fresh perspective…I wanted to go back to basics.

Though I worked out faithfully, we really didn’t eat the most wholesome and healthy foods. In November of 2002, I ran across an article that had a great impact on me. I literally came home and discarded every product that had loathsome ingredients. Whew, my pantry was almost bare because anything I couldn’t pronounce or anything containing that vile substance known as trans fat, had to go!

Now I had a great combination going; healthy eating and exercise. I thought I had it down until I had my last gift from above and was unable to shed the ghastly baby weight. More exercise and less food became my mantra. I had done this time and time again, but it sure didn’t work this time. Everything has a season and my season of eating less and exercising more was over!

One day, I was fortunate enough to happen across information that would change my life forever. I learned to eat more, lift heavy, and enjoy foods again, which helped me to be a happier, whole new woman. It sparked a passion to share with the world that a life of deprivation at our own hands need not be. So, my research continued and my certification in Fitness Training soon followed.

This endeavor is my heart…thank you for being a part of the EM2WL family.”

You can learn more about Kiki and Lucia at … Eat More 2 Weigh Less and My Fitness Pal.

This week’s quote:

Man maintains his balance, poise, and sense of security only as he is moving forward.” –-Maxwell Maltz

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Half Size Me is an hour-long, weekly podcast meant to inspire you and motivate you no matter where you are on your weight loss journey. If you’re just getting started losing weight, or if you’ve started and stopped so many times you’ve lost count, this is the show for you!

Hosted by Heather Robertson, who lost over 170 pounds by learning new eating habits, getting regular exercise, and, most importantly, changing her mindset. She shares her own lessons and struggles as well as how to handle to real challenge of any weight loss journey… weight maintenance.

So, join Heather every week as she shares information, inspiration, and interviews with women who’ve learned weight loss isn’t just about losing pounds, it’s about finding yourself.

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After losing 170 pounds by changing her mindset, developing healthier eating habits, and making exercise part of her lifestyle, Heather decided she wanted to help others who struggled along their weight loss journey. Along with her hubby, Joel, they founded HalfSizeMe.com and the extremely popular Half Size Me Show podcast.

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