• Autumn Bates, CCN, MS

How Monica Lost Nearly 25 Pounds in 4 Months On ACCIDENT

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Achieving a weight loss goal does NOT mean being hungry. Instead, it means filling your plate with foods that turn ON fat burning AND help prevent hunger and make you feel satisfied! Many of the AENpeeps are surprised to find that once they implement the Complete IF Bundle principles, their cravings are gone and they aren't hungry... AND they're losing body fat at the same time!

Today, I'm sharing Monica's incredible story. Monica has been an AENpeep for a year and is loving how she feels eating satisfying, fat burning foods. In fact, she accidentally went above and beyond her initial wellness goal!

"I had only set out to lose 5 or 10 pounds, but I actually lost nearly 25 pounds over the course of three or four months! ...I have stopped obsessively counting calories and living in what felt like a persistent state of starvation."

Check out Monica's wellness journey and experience below!

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Tell us about yourself!

Hi! I am newly 30 this week, but I won't complain because I am also probably in better shape than I have ever been before! I am a kindergarten teacher living in Alabama and missing the mountains of Colorado, where I finished my Master's and taught first grade for the past five years before moving back home to be closer to family. I have a very supportive and amazing boyfriend-practically-hubby of 12 years (we were high school sweethearts!) and we have three kitties - Weasley, Sadie, and Chubby, who often grace the background of my pictures of smoothies and keto coffee. I love all things nerdy and have always enjoyed learning new things, so naturally finding Autumn's channel was a treat and inspiration for me! I am so thrilled to soon be celebrating my one-year anniversary as one of the AEN peeps!

Which program/protocol are you following?

I would be very interested in trying out the Athlete protocol at this point in my journey, but I typically find myself following the Hormone Balancing Pro protocol... I have stopped obsessively counting calories and living in what felt like a persistent state of starvation. Instead, I started focusing on the quality of the foods I was eating and how satiated I was after each meal. My boyfriend and I began to pay close attention to ingredient labels and cooking at home from scratch nearly every night. These changes have made a world of difference for us both physically and mentally!

What was your main wellness goal with the Complete IF Bundle Protocols?

Initially, my goal was purely aesthetic. I wanted to lose a few pounds for one of my best friends’ weddings. I’d been doing Transform 20 for a couple of weeks already, and I just needed guidance on food to help speed up the process of shedding 5-10lbs. At the time, I had no intention of making a permanent lifestyle change. I wanted a quick fix.

Once I began seeing and feeling real change, though, my goals evolved into ones that were meaningful and health-driven. It took some time, but I no longer put so much stock in the number on the scale. Instead, I wanted to become stronger and more toned. I wanted to heal my gut. I wanted to not feel bloated and crampy every time I finished a meal. I wanted to tackle my seemingly relentless adult acne problem and have clear skin again. I wanted my stomach ulcers to go away. I wanted my blood panels to not raise concern from my doctors. (They were always surprised that someone of my age, who was not considered traditionally overweight, had so many nutrient deficiencies and gut health issues.)

I’m proud to say that after following Autumn’s advice for a few months, I shed nearly 25 pounds, and I saw most of these problems correct themselves!

Did you try anything else in the past to achieve your wellness goals?

As often as I used to complain about hating my body, I had never truly committed to any real diet before this. Rather than actually making lasting changes to my habits, I would randomly and desperately try these embarrassing fad diets (i.e. the regrettable cabbage soup diet, UGH). I knew it was foolish and unhealthy. I knew it was not sustainable and that any weight lost would likely just be water weight, but I did it anyway in hopes of being “thinner” for the next upcoming event. I cringe at the memory of jokingly asking friends in the teacher’s lounge at Christmastime if I could “smell” their food because I missed real food that much.