Are you crushing your workouts, eating clean, and not seeing any results?

Reaching a weight-loss plateau is frustrating, but is surprisingly common among even active individuals. I experienced multiple plateaus during my 60+ lbs. weight loss journey and it took an overwhelming amount of mental and physical strength to not “throw in the towel” and give up.

My weight and self-image struggle began when I was 16-years-old and my father passed away. I spiraled into a deep depression and used food as a way to cope with the grief.

It wasn’t until I was in my early 20s, when I was 5’2 and weighed over 180 pounds (and was diagnosed as clinically obese), that I decided to regain control of my life. Within seven months, I lost 65 pounds and even broke the world record for earning the fastest IFBB (International Federation of Body Builders) Pro Card.

I won’t sugarcoat it—it wasn’t easy.

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