I was still in bed when I reached for my phone. I can’t seem to help myself from checking comments on the Weight Loss Confessions’ Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram feeds first thing in the morning. This morning it was my personal page that gave me quite a weight loss wake up call!
Brianne’s post went on to say that the doctor figured out why she wasn’t losing weight and started her on the right supplements and vitamins. She is now down 5 dress sizes since December!
We’ve all been bombarded with weight loss before and after photos. I know I have seen more than my fair share, but this one was different. First, I have known “of” and been Facebook friends with Brianne for over two years, so this was more personal. Especially since I could see the change for myself. Second of all, I was next to positive the clinic she wrote about was the same integrative medicine clinic I had visited a few weeks ago to discuss my own weight loss resistance. The possibility of having results like Brianne’s was exciting! Lastly, Brianne and I both have children with special needs which can add tremendous stress and make it difficult to lose weight. I wondered if the supplements the doctor gave her somehow helped her manage her stress response and the stress hormones that tend to go haywire when times get tough.
I was so excited to read Brianne’s post. I messaged her and asked if we could meet so I could interview her. She agreed and we set a time to meet.
As Brianne walked over to my table in Starbuck’s, I noticed her and smiled but didn’t recognize her! It was funny because I couldn’t remember exactly what she looked like the last time I saw her but she now looked like a new person! It was a true weight loss transformation!
As we sat down Brianne started to tell me the details of her weight loss journey. She told me she had been eating very healthily and working out for at least 5 years. She had tried and stuck to diets like the Vegan diet, Nourish, calorie counting, and the Whole30. Even though she faithfully followed each diet, she lost very little or no weight.
It wasn’t until her hormones went extremely out of whack and she developed issues with ovarian cysts and her cycles, that she finally decided she had to take action. She first met with her family doctor who suggested she see a specialist at an integrative clinic.
Brianne went to Robinhood Integrative Health in Winston-Salem in March. They were very thorough and ran what Brianne remembers as “tons” of tests. They were able to unveil several underlying issues that were contributing to her weight loss resistance. The Robinhood Clinic successfully treated her hormone imbalances, adrenal fatigue, and various underlying issues with vitamins and supplements.
Within five months, Brianne started to see the weight come off. She ultimately lost 5 dress sizes. While she continued to eat healthily, she didn’t change her diet or try anything new.
When I asked Brianne what advice she had for other women struggling to lose weight, she responded with,
“Don’t give up. If you know something is wrong. Keep fighting!”