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How I Knew The Time Was NOW To Get Healthy

This picture was taken on February 12, 2019. I sent it to my mom and sisters because I was dressed like my mom. She loves to wear vests and black jeans. I didn’t think anything about it. I’d been this size for a while and just wore clothes to try to conceal it. Or so I thought. I was not doing anything to be healthy at this time.

before my weight loss

Hearing those dreaded words: OBESE

On March 13, 2019, I went for my yearly physical. I got on the scale and weighed 210.4. I am only 5’5″ tall. So according to the BMI chart, I was officially OBESE! That day I made the decision to finally get my health back. It was so much more than the weight loss that I desired. I’ve lost weight many times before for the fact of being smaller, just to gain it all back. This time was different. I was going to get healthy, not skinny.

What I was going to do about it

I made a plan. I wrote down what I wanted to accomplish. I wanted to weigh 145 pounds and wear a size 6. So that meant I needed to lose 65 pounds and drop 5 pants sizes because I was in a size 16. I involved my husband because he is my biggest supporter. I wanted to make better food choices, but not do a crazy diet. At that time I decided calorie counting was the way to go. I downloaded the MyFitnessPal app. I logged everything I put into my mouth. It became a competition in my head. I wasn’t going to let that app beat me. Did you know if you put in your exercise into the app you get more calories? So on a day, I ate more I would walk 30 minutes or do 30 minutes of cardio. Just so you know that is not how it really works. I have learned this since then. Calories in and calories out are not that simple.

It was working

The first month I was down 15 pounds. Alright, I’m heading in the right direction. On January 25, 2020, I turned 40 and I weighed in at 160 pounds. I had reached a big milestone. I had lost 50 pounds by my 40th birthday. That is where it stopped. I was wearing a size 10-12 at this point. Then the scale started trickling back up and I was up to 165 right before summer hit.

40th birthday
Celebrating my 40th birthday

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The books that changed my life forever

On August 25th I bought the book that would change everything. Fast Feast Repeat by Gin Stephens. I read this book in 3 days. And I dove in head first into intermittent fasting. This was not a fad diet, this was a lifestyle change that I am happy to say I am still doing. After reading this book I then read The Obesity Code by Jason Fung. These two books together have forever changed the way I look at how and what I eat. In October 2020 I was down another 10 pounds and in a size 8.


Finally, by June 2021, I did it. I hit that goal. I was 145 and in a size 4-6 (depending on the brand). But that’s not the best part. The best part is that today May 26, 2022, I still weigh 145 pounds. I have maintained this weight for a year!! I did this effortlessly. No crazy diet, no crazy exercise plan. Ask my family how much I eat. I eat WAY more now than I was when I was counting calories. It’s kind of a joke in our house that I eat more than my husband at dinner.

Remember when I said I was going for healthy not skinny? Over the past year, I have really worked on my health. I recently read two books Why We Get Sick by Benjamin Bickman and Metabolical by Robert H. Lustig. Because of these two books, I have shifted towards cutting out ultra-processed foods and sugar from my diet. Not to lose more weight, but to feel better and live longer.

Keep growing keep learning

I was never a reader before. Like I hated reading. Since reading Fast Feast Repeat I have read over 25 books. I’m doing this for me and nobody else. I am not going to preach to you what you should and shouldn’t eat. I’m not going to judge you either. I chose to do this journey my way and it’s been amazing. One word I have learned through all of this is bio-individuality, and that is the idea that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to health and nutrition. If you ask me I will tell you what has worked for me and why I do certain things. I live by the 80/20 rule. So yes you will see me eat a cupcake at a birthday party every once in a while or some pizza out with my family. But I also know making that choice that I will feel like crap the next day or two. I also know that the next day I will make better choices and be back on track.

Let me know in the comments if you would like me to do a post about what intermittent fasting looks like, and how I do it.

before and after getting healthy

Keepin’ it real,

Magan Outlaw

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  1. Please post about fasting. I am now 200 pounds and recently found out my blood pressure is high and cholesterol. I’ve never had issues with them before gaining the sixty pounds I’ve gained this year.
    I’ve tried everything and heard great things about the eat fast plan but I am clueless to how to do it. Please help your !!!

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