My Story

Irina Kachalenko Tom White

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!