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In this episode of Half Size Me, Heather talks to Emily about
why finding her body composition set her free from focusing on scale weight.
how she learned eating more was the key to health and losing weight.
how she learned to focus on the art of finding happiness.
- and much more!
Are you ready to get started on your health and wellness… for the LAST time?
“My name is Emily, and I am 31 years old, Around age 23 or 24 I started to experience some dramatic changes in body for the worse. I developed skin issues (acne) and started experiencing extreme fatigue, edema in my lower leg and foot and dry skin. That same year I decided to sell everything to move to Europe, a long time dream of mine.
Upon moving to Germany for work, my symptoms became worse, to the point that I knew if I did not see a doctor I would have to move home. I could sleep all day!!! Luckily the Dr. I went to in Germany was beyond wonderful and figured out what other doctors in the US had not- that I had severed Hashimotos thyroiditis, also known as hypo thyroidism.
While taking medication made me feel almost instantly better, I still suffered from the weight gain from before my diagnosis, and the inability to get it off. It has taken me YEARS to lose 35 pounds and add muscle but I do not regret how long it has taken me. Instead of losing too much weight and being skinny fat, I have changed my body’s composition.
A couple of years later, I was diagnosed with Celiac disease, and upon stopping all consumption of wheat and gluten containing items my health began to truly return. I started eating healthy and working out. I have been gluten free since 2007.
It wasn’t however, until I changed my mindset and relationship with my body before I really made any gains (or losses, rather!). I know that losing weight is complex, I have learned so much about myself through my journey, and although I would not mind losing a little bit more body fat, I couldn’t be happier with how healthy I am. I appreciate my body and what it does now eons more than I ever did before. Having a body fat text in 2013 changed my entire perspective, and it has been through the last year that I have made the most profound changes.
Due to my experiences with health and my skin, I went to school for and became a Licensed Skin Therapist/Esthetician in an effort to help others who need to address their skin. I realized it takes far more than just topical creams or even eating healthy in order to have your ideal skin. I also have a keen interest in helping those with weight related skin issues, how skin responds to diet and stress, as well as finding practical solutions to skin ailments.
I feel like there are thousands of “gurus” out there for all things weight loss and love the viewpoint that Heather brings. I too, am navigating the journey of being healthy, happy while also having a realistic view of my body.”
To read more about Emily, click here.
WebMD.com – (Celiac Disease)
About Half Size Me
The Half Size Me Show is a weekly podcast meant to inspire you and motivate you no matter where you are in 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.
Theme music, “Walk Alone” by Jim Armstrong courtesy of MusicAlley.com.
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