Hi there! I’m Irina, and this is a bit of “my story” (click for before & after pic here)…
My fascination with food and weight started at puberty, when I realized the effect McDonald’s had on my waistline. I was a cheerleader in high school and incredibly active, but when I hit 15, I started gaining weight very rapidly. I looked at my food choices, and that’s when I discovered calorie counting. Weight fell off, and I was thrilled!
Fast forward to college, I started working in health clubs, where I learned more about what I thought was “healthy” eating. Unfortunately, what I really learned was more “dieting”. I was hooked on coffee and cigarettes, and spent my days vacillating between “wired and tired”. I ended up with depression, anxiety, and panic attacks until I finally hit the wall: Adrenal fatigue and terrifying heart palpitations. I NEEDED a change.
I gave up smoking, and gained close to 30Lb. No matter how hard I worked at it, I couldn’t lose the weight and keep it off. I read book after book, tried diet after diet, but felt each one left me more frustrated and FAT then when I started! I sweated hardcore at the gym, I ate salads and counted my points, but NOTHING WAS WORKING no matter how many celery sticks I ate!
After one particularly awful evening of going through a whole box of Hostess 100cal pack cupcakes and crying on my kitchen floor, I knew I couldn’t live the rest of my life like this… I couldn’t imagine living the next 60 years always thinking about food, constantly feeling hungry, and losing 5lb just to gain 7. It was a lowest point in my life, but it pushed me to seek answers.
I decided that in order to lose weight, and keep it off FOR GOOD, I needed to do something drastically different. With help from my own Weight Loss Mentor, I started to create a program that’s totally different from anything I tried before. I knew that in order for it to work, it had to be free of restrictions, counting, or hard core sweating… What I ended up with, was… a breakthrough.
I watched in awe as my thighs started shrinking, and weight was melting off. I wasn’t “starving” anymore, my cravings for sweets started to dwindle, and I was finally able to stop at “full” not “stuffed”. My energy levels went through the roof, my anxiety disappeared, and even my skin started to glow. The best part? I was having a BLAST! A DELICIOUS… “live-out-loud!” kind of blast.
I hit my “goal” weight (still eating chocolate daily), but also, I SURPASSED IT. I hit my “college smoking weight”, and that.. THAT was nothing short of miraculous.
I still apply the same principles that I now teach to keep my weight stable (but it’s so EASY I don’t even think about it). These days, I jump out of bed every morning FULL of energy and gratitude that I get to help others find their “delicious freedom”. It doesn’t get any better than this! Life is glorious!