With DDP Yoga, I have lost a total of 100 pounds in 13 months. Went from a size 14 to a size 0!
I've struggled with weight my entire life but really lost control of my health after having my son in September 2009. I have always been a little heavier set, and being 5'1 (on a good day) doesn't help my cause much, but I stupidly used pregnancy as an excuse to eat whatever I wanted and wasn't thinking much about the outcome. I ignored the scales every time I went to the doctor's office, blaming it on "baby weight" and that it was normal to gain over 100 pounds in 9 months. Yeah, I can't believe I did that either. So by the time I had my son and it was time to go back to the doctor for my checkup, he had set up a little intervention, sort of speak, for me. I got on the scale and for the first time I looked down and read the number. 287. Once my doctor came into the waiting room he did his regular checkup and then started to tell me my weight was so out of control I was "teetering the diabetes scale". I have also struggled with Fibromyalgia and Arthritis since I was a teen, so gaining all the weight was really tearing down my health. I was hurting constantly and now he was telling me I was *this* close to getting Diabetes. That's when I knew I had to change my life. Not only for myself, but for my brand new baby sleeping in the car seat next to me.
Because my weight was so extreme, my doctor suggested I start a low carb diet. It was ridiculously hard but I stuck with it and lost 60 pounds in about 7 months. From there I started exercising, first just walking around my neighborhood, but once I felt comfortable enough I started going to the gym. I learned how to use every single machine in there and gradually added more and more weight to the machines. It took me 2 and a half years but I lost 154 pounds and was the smallest I have been since middle school. Although I lost the weight and was seeing results from going to the gym, I was struggling. The constant force on my joints from running on the treadmill and lifting weights was agonizing at times. But I was thinner, "healthy", so I made it work. Then I got pregnant again.
I had my daughter December 2012 and luckily was smart enough to not make the same mistake I made the first time around. I ate healthy and managed to stay at an average, healthy weight throughout my pregnancy. But shortly after having my daughter, I struggled with anxiety and stress, stopped going to the gym and gained 60 pounds. In the Fall of 2013, I finally decided to get out of the hole I dug myself into again and fix myself. But I wanted to do it the healthy way this time and that's where my story starts with DDP.
A friend introduced me to the program and after doing some research, I was eager to start and learn more about the program. It blew my mind to watch the testimonials (like the amazing Arthur) literally transform into a different person by standing on a YOGA mat! I was skeptical but willing to find out. And I'm so glad I did. Without weights or any extra equipment, I've lost the weight I gained from having my daughter and then some! I can truly say I am the healthiest I have ever been in my life, both on and off the scale. I feel like I have my muscle/joint problems under control now and I didn't before DDP. I have gained ridiculous strength and flexibility without having to run on a treadmill and hurt my knees. I have been doing DDP YOGA for almost 8 months now and I can truly say it's a program I know I can stick with. I will never have to worry about the fears of diabetes or any weight related health problems. His program has helped me manage my life and I'm truly thankful for that!
I just wanted to share even more success I've had with DDP YOGA. I initially started the program with just doing the workouts and being "smarter" about what I was eating, but for the past 2 months I have followed the DDP YOGA eating plan and have had even more success! I didn't think it was possible but it is lol. My husband started the program with me a couple of months ago and we did a complete pantry raid. No more processed foods and I am slowly transitioning into a complete dairy free diet. The changes are amazing! Not only do I have more energy throughout the day and overall just feel better, the change in my body has been outstanding. I have gained muscles in my body I have literally never seen in my life. People ask me how much I bench at the gym and are baffled when I tell them I haven't been to the gym in months! I was already beyond impressed with the yoga program but the eating program has taken my body to a whole other level! Thank you both again so much. This entire experience really has been a life changer and I believe in this program with all of my heart. Here are a few progress pictures and updated before/ after. The arm collage picture just blows my mind. I haven't changed anything in my workout routine, this is strictly from following the DDP YOGA eating plan. Bang! :)