My weight has been a struggle for me since the age of 18 years old. My troubles began when I started going to food for comfort because it “helped me feel better” or so I thought at the time. In actuality, in that moment it did help me feel better but soon after I felt disgusted and ashamed for binging on food that I knew was not healthy for me and inevitably was making me even more unhappy. I was not exercising AT ALL and was just miserable inside.I stayed overweight for about 8 years and just progressively got worse and worse, bigger and unhealthier. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure at the age of 26 and I had reached my highest weight of 295 and in a size 22. On a 5’7 frame, It didn’t look good and I surely felt that way as well. I decided enough was enough and started making small changes in my life day by day. I started walking and exercising at home because I was still too self conscious to go to the gym and have an efficient workout since I was just too concerned with how people would look at me and judge me. But, I was making the change within myself and it felt great. Over the course of the next few years I lost a total of 85 pounds. During that time, I met a wonderful man who I would eventually marry and that gave me even more motivation to keep going. I started to hit a plateau soon after and I didn’t understand why. I was working out 6 times a week and not eating a lot and the weight wasn’t budging anymore. That’s when I decided to contact Shelby. Weekly, she and I would have a 15-minute coaching call, and my nutritional intake was always tweaked when needed to ensure I was achieving the best results. To lose more weight, I had to eat more. I was eating 6 meals a day every 2-4 hours and still consuming normal food like everybody else. It wasn’t a diet, it wasn’t a fad and I was not depriving myself of anything. I was watching my portions,measuring my food and packing my meals every day. I have been working with Shelby for over a year now, I have lost an additional 35 more pounds and have sculpted this lean, fit body that I’m living in now. I learned through Shelby that I don’t have to live in the gym and if anything, that I was previously working out too much and not giving my body time to rest. I also learned that I was not eating nearly enough. Before, I was eating three times a day so my metabolism had stalled. I was eating out at lunch everyday, skipping breakfast and consuming way too many carbs and not enough protein. I now have learned everything that I need to continue this healthy lifestyle I am fully aware that eating this often daily is actually not making me gain weight but helping me lose it because my metabolism is in high gear finally. This was what I needed to continue my success and to keep going. At 170 pounds and a size 8-10 I have never felt better about myself. The confidence I have now is such an amazing feeling. I thank Shelby for everything that she has taught me during my journey….the knowledge I’ve gained has no price tag. I’m finally happy, healthy and living life to my fullest potential!