I started my low-carb, ketogenic diet on February 20, 2015 at almost 300 lbs. I was a couch potato, depressed with no energy… I didn’t even want to leave the house. I had a permanent spot on the couch – there’s actually an indention. By not cheating on my diet and by minding my macros I quickly lost 60 lbs. in 6 months just sitting on my couch watching Netflix for most of the day. On one of those days I came across a movie on Amazon, “Wild” starting Reese Witherspoon; it’s about a woman that has a self-realization that her life is not what she wanted it to be; she’s a recovering heroin addict that lost her mom , her husband left her, she’s estranged from her brother and she has nothing left to lose so she decides to hike the Pacific Coast Trail (PCT) and put herself ‘in the way of beauty’, she was going to walk her way to the woman her mother thought she should be. The strength of character, fortitude and path of self-redemption really moved me, I don’t have the same problems as she did but I had my own and I was stuck in a miserable rut and even though I was losing weight I wasn’t going in the exact direction that I wanted. I must have watched that movie 3 times a day for days on end, feeling more motivated every time I watched it. I have always pictured myself as a strong woman: physically, emotional and mentally but I had not been living up to my own standards. Because of my herniated disc and back surgery I had terrible muscle atrophy, I had given up on working on myself and I was letting life happen to me and that is not who I am so I decided to be the person that I was supposed to be; I needed to be in the driver seat of my own life so on August 28, 2015 I walked in the gym and signed up. You can be whoever you want to be, you don’t have to be stuck because it’s comfortable, let go and start your journey to become the person you always wished you could be.