When was the Last time you walked by a Mirror and LOVED what you saw?
If your answer is anything other than, "this Morning!", We Should Talk.
My name is Erica and I have a wicked story to share with you.
I'm sitting in my doctor's office, it's 2004. She walks into the room and tells me it's confirmed, I have cysts on my ovaries the size of small clementines, and I'm going to need surgery in six weeks if nothing else changes. I mean I knew it felt like I had a brick on my insides, and there was an everyday dull nagging pain, not to mention the monthly feeling that something was exploding inside of me and I'd double over in pain. But ovarian cysts? What the? I didn't even know what those were yet.
Being the curious gal I was, and the internet finally being 'a thing,' (granted, Doctor Google was not HALF as great - or terrifying - as it is now), I decided to sit down and plug into some research. After figuring out this whole ovarian cyst gig was hormonal, and that I could actually alter my hormones through what I ate and how I lived, I decided to try something new on. I cleaned up the way I was eating, and moving (err, not moving), tossed my birth control pills out the window, and came back for my six-week follow-up ultrasound.
Yep. You know. The fun one where they make you hold 2 litres of pee for what feels like 70 hours and then insert the ultrasound machine where you'd really rather not have one. Fun Times, this being a Woman thing.
So anyways, my Doc comes in the room and she's completely shocked, because all of my cysts are gone. She asks if I felt any explosions as they were popping because, clearly, they've disappeared, and I must have felt them on their way out. I say, 'Nope? Feel fine?' So she says, 'Okay then, I guess you don't need surgery.'
Just like that, I was sold. I mean, Holy S***!!! My clementine cysts were gone, in less than 6 weeks, without any pain or surgery, and only because I changed the way I ate and moved. I was mind blown. I quit my college program that very day.
That began what would be an 11-year journey through post-secondary school, including an undergraduate degree in Health Science, a diploma as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, and a graduate degree and licensing in Naturopathic Medicine. I, was hooked. Naturally rebalancing hormones, for the win! And I was dead set on Mastering this hormonal balancing thing.
Things went relatively smoothly on the hormone front for me till I had my daughter mid-way through med school. (What can I say, I like a good challenge.) It was after having her that:
1) My cysts came Back!
2) My Hair started falling out! And
3) I gained an extra 25lbs that Just.Wouldn't.Budge.
Okay, back to the drawing board. The internet was a way better thing by now, including Doctor Google but since I became a doctor, we stopped jiving as well. I became ensconced in the research, and meeting other experts, and soaking it all in, until I finally developed what became my Signature Program: The Divine Life Weight Loss & Wellness Program. Through this program, miraculous things occurred. I lost 25lbs, over 2.5 inches from both my waist and hips, and 8% of my body fat - in only six weeks. AND, I kept it off. Not to mention I dropped from a size 8 to a size 4 and hardly any of my clothes fit anymore! Now THAT, is a truly wonderful problem to have.
Don't take my word for it though, the Proof is in the Pudding: (err, the picture)
I was shocked. Shocked at how expedited the process was, I mean you're telling me I can basically undo a years' worth of hormonal damage in a day? You're telling me in only 6 weeks I could re-set all of my hormonal issues? Lose all of that weight, and fat, and gain tons of energy, vitality, and a youthful glow in the process? You're telling me I can say goodbye to emotional and stress eating just like that? Because - let's face it - those things are hormonally mediated, too!
I just couldn't and still haven't been able to get over it. In fact I often almost cry thinking about it. I just knew I had to make this program available for other people out there like me. People who have tried Everything and nothing works. People who have a hormonal imbalance and might not even know it, that makes it feel impossible to lose weight without some type of monstrosity-level effort, and also feels impossible to maintain in everyday life.
For me, it is and always was about more than a number on a scale. It's about how I feel. It's about how gorgeous and comfortable I feel again in my own skin. It's about the way my partner's eyes light up when he sees me in a beautiful dress. It's about the confidence I bring everywhere with me, and how people respond to me differently as a result. It's about the role model I get to be for my daughter, showing her a healthy body image and healthy balanced lifestyle - without having to diet or count calories anymore. It's about the lifetime of health I get to have ahead of me now - no longer worried how and when and where my hormonal problems will show up next or if I'm at increased risk for hormonal cancers like breast and ovarian cancer. And, I never have to worry about my weight again! That problem is behind me now. This has freed me up mentally so much to really Love my life and focus on the things that matter most to me. No more calorie counting, exhaustive exercise, being afraid of food, or being depressed about my body.
I get to be Fully Me! Fully Expressed, and Vibrantly alive! This is what I call, The Divine Life.
So, that's my story and what I'm up to. If this story resonates with you, I invite you to check out my totally mind-blasting webinar on the Top 4 Unexpected Secrets to losing weight. And, I want you to know that You're not in this alone. There are so many of us that have found the answer, and if you're on my site, reading these words, I believe it's for a Divine reason.
My stand is for you to LOVE the body you see in the mirror every morning!
Sending You Lots of Love,