I was always a skinny girl – even whilst pregnant! I had exercised most of my life and I had a relatively healthy diet (or so I thought!). However, the past ten years have been tough: major close family bereavements and trauma and significant health issues with my daughter since the death of her father. I had also become the primary support for my disabled mum since my fathers death with brain cancer. I also have – like most of the KB ladies – a very busy and demanding professional job.
I did what most intelligent and busy women do to cope – I self medicated with wine! I drank only on weekends, but weekends stretched out from Thu to Sunday nights! On particularly busy or traumatic days, I would relax by drinking on non weekend evenings too! For me, drinking wine also triggered my savoury food cravings: potato chips, cheese, crackers and my favourite savoury shapes! Not surprisingly, my depression was chronic – even with medication – and I also suffered with persistent heartburn and reflux – for which I was also taking medication. My knees hurt when I tried to run and I was suffering with hip bursitis.
At the age of 55, I was miserable and fat. I had reached an all time high weight of 79 kg. I was filled with self loathing. I wouldn’t undress in front of my husband. Life was, quite frankly, a bit of a drag!
My early morning routine was to read my emails and scan my FB updates on my iPad with my coffee in hand. I told myself this routine was to clear my emails before work, but in reality, it also helped clear my fuzzy head from the wine the night before! The Kim Beach page would pop up on my FB page. I started to read the superstar stories. I then got the courage together to download a sample page and thought ‘What the heck’ and joined up with no excuses. The thought of hitting 80kg was something I dreaded and knew I had to do something. I had tried other diets and programs before, but lost very little weight and then put it straight back on once I started eating ‘normally’ again. I signed up at the end of March this year.
I thought I was a healthy eater. I went to the gym regularly. My first four days on KB I felt like crap – detox big time! However, I was organised and committed to both the food and the exercise program. I did my food prep on Sundays. I had an extremely supportive husband who ate the food and pushed me (with him) to the gym every night after work. I am very lucky to have such support.
The first four weekends were tough. I had relied on my end of the working week ‘treats’ of wine and popcorn! However, I coped with treating myself one night with a vodka and soda with a dash of lime. It was actually quite nice and refreshing. We were enjoying the meals. At first, I found it hard to eat so much food, but became used to it. Took a month to get black coffee down too! Loved my morning oats!!
In my first round I lost about 6.5kg. Not too shabby for a menopausal, anti-depressant taking woman with the metabolism of a sloth and the water retention capacity of a camel! That’s not all I lost. My heartburn and reflux had gone (what a surprise!!), but more importantly, my black fog of depression was lifting! I enjoyed waking up every morning with a clear head and I was sleeping better. I was keeping up the exercise and I felt energised – and happy – for the first time in a long time. I then signed up for another round – but this time the home gym program – to mix the exercise up. I loved the exercise variety! For my third round, I joined the vegan program – the meals were awesome and it made evening meals easier as my daughter was vegetarian.
I am near the end of the third round and I have lost 13kg! I have just over 1kg to go to reach my goal weight of 65kg. To be honest, the weight loss is no longer my primary goal. The fact that I feel healthier and happy than I can ever recall is the greatest gift of this program. My knees no longer hurt, my hip bursitis almost gone and I am starting to be able to run again – with intervals.
The KB facebook page is also one of the best parts of this program. The ladies will never judge you. They are supportive and are always there for you. There are also some amazingly creative cooks (of which I am, alas, not one!) who post pics and recipes using the key KB principles.
I call this my ‘mind and body wellness program’. I no longer feel ‘deprived’ of my old food habits. I may have lost the weight but I also gained so much more through this program. I am never hungry. I am happy and confident. I am loving throwing out my old fat clothes as I am never going to wear them again. I don’t hate shopping for clothes any more. I even get my gear off in front of my husband!
This is a lifestyle – not a diet. I will never stop singing Kim’s praises. She has quite literally saved my life!