My Atkins Success Stories...because the story never ends...

Tiffany Rangel, Tiffany Bruning

Atkins success stories are everywhere, so I thought I'd share mine. I've been an off and on dieter since I was 16. Through it all, one constant remains, my body responds best to a low carb diet. I know this because I've tried almost everything to lose weight. I admit it; I have issues with food! I've been hungry and miserable, and lost scant to no weight. I've tried Weight Watchers, Nutri-System, low calorie, low fat, the Cabbage Soup diet, The 6 Week Body Makeover, phentermine prescription diet pills, and practically every over the counter diet pill out there. Yuck!

The beginning

I was first introduced to Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution book in 1999. I was in college, and I worked the plan for a good 6 months, and effortlessly lost 50 pounds. I loved it, but my heart wasn't in it for long term. I very wrongly assumed I could get away with maintaining my loss while slowly but surely adding far too many carbs back into my diet. A few years go by, and I scarcely even remember how wonderful I felt on Atkins.

Fast forward

My weight was up and down, up and down. I struggled with eating and overeating. I was putting myself through college and grad school. I was an emotional eater (I still am). Each time I'd meet a new man, I would lose some weight, only to gain it back plus some as I settled into a comfortable relationship.

When I met my to-be husband in 2004, I again slimmed down, running on adrenaline and the feel-good-newness of a hot relationship. We were crazy about each other, and spent every spare moment together for months, which turned into years, which turned into a baby and marriage.

I was horrified to see my wedding pictures where my post baby stomach still looked 7 months pregnant. It was devastating. I was determined to turn it around for me, for my husband, and for my new bundle of joy, so I embarked on the standard American idea of a "sensible diet" and exercise program. By sensible, I mean I cut calories, I cut fat, and I exercised more...and yet the weight wasn't budging!

I cried, I went to the doctor where I was diagnosed with PCOS and hypothyroidism. I thought my new medication would help me lose weight, and it didn't. I was hungry, had fierce heartburn (reflux), and I was miserable.

I decided the only way I would lose weight was through some type of weight loss surgery. The price was totally out of the budget, and without any insurance, the only possibility was to save for year and go to Mexico to have the surgery there. Since I live in West Texas, it's only a 400 mile drive to Juarez, where I found I could get lap band. Luckily, my wonderful husband had much more sense than I did, and flat out refused to let me go to.


In February of 2009, desperation again set in, and I recalled the ONLY way I had been able to effortlessly lose weight: Atkins. This time I got serious about my weight loss and serious about my health. I realized that if I didn't change my eating forever, I was on a fast track to being diabetic and having a myriad of other problems.

After all of the struggling, I was surprised that I was able to easily lose over 50 pounds.

The holiday season came around, and I slipped up in a big way. I let a few holidays turn into 6 months of eating "normal" again. I would go low carb for a a week or two, then off for two, and so on. It's no big surprise that I gained weight quickly, gaining almost everything I had worked so hard to lose, AGAIN! (Insert a big SCREAM here! WHY?)

July 2010

Here we go again...

I finally got a grip one more time. You never know who/what will inspire you, and this time it was Steve. He friended me on facebook, and I read his diabetic story (later posted here on my site.) His story inspired and scared me! I do not want to be a diabetic, so I pulled myself together once again, with no excuses this time. Steve and I became friends, and he continues to push me to workout and to eat the way our bodies were designed to eat.

I am totally in control of my eating, again. The intense cravings and hunger are gone. The acid reflux is also completely gone. I am happier, healthier, and getting better each day.

October 2010

I'm pregnant!

I've just learned that we'll be adding a new member to our family! And so the story will continue again after baby is born and I work to lose this again.

Beautiful Baby Boy

It's time to update again! My precious baby is now 9 months old, and I haven't taken off the baby weight yet (March 2012). So what's my excuse? There's not one. I'm fully committed to losing weight. I have no intentions having more babies, and I want to be happy and healthy for them. I want to have abundant energy, and I don't want them to be ashamed of their mama. So here we ago, y'all. Are you with me?

Oops...I'm pregnant again!

October 2015

We will be adding a little bonus bundle of joy to our family in June.  FYI - an IUD is not foolproof  ;)

February 2016

Baby boy #3 is nine months old. I've made every excuse in the book...worried my milk supply would drop, I don't have time, and so on.  I'm over the excuses and back on plan.  This is my life.  I have to live it low carb.   I AM busy.  I don't see it slowing down anytime soon.  So basically I had to decide if I wanted to be fat and tired, or live my life to the fullest.  I deserve better.  My boys deserve better.  So I'm here, designing the life that I love and having lots of fun along the way.   See where I am in my journey to lose 100+ pounds by following me on facebook. 

Thanks for visiting. This site is in it's very early stages of construction, so I hope you'll come back as I fill it up with yummy low carb recipes, tips, ideas, and before and after pictures.

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