About me

My name is Natasha Epperson

I’m currently 37 years old.  I was born March 2, 1972.

I’ve been happily married for 14 years.

This is my story…

I’ve always been somewhat overweight growing up.  Only time I had remember being remotely skinny was when I was 10 years old.  I joined the army in 1994 and got really fit.

But than I got out…

Me "Before"

Me “Before”

In 2008 I weighed 180 lbs. I put anything I wanted to in my mouth. I would easily eat an entire bag of Doritos within 4 hours. 180 lbs might not seem like a lot, but when you are 4’7” that’s morbidly obese. In December 2008 I went for my yearly physical for work. Within a few days I got a call stating that … I was diabetic. My A1C was 9.1.

A1c provides an accurate and reliable method to routinely assess the relative level of diabetes control, level of mean blood glucose (MBG), effectiveness of treatment, and risk for development of possible acute and/or long-term chronic complications typically associated with sub-optimal diabetes control.  Routine monitoring of A1c can improve patient compliance when used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.  A1c is an important test for individuals with all types of diabetes or those at risk for developing diabetes.

My finger-stick blood sugar that morning with fasting was 325. I thought my life was over. I thought any chance of eating things I liked were gone. I was angry, I cried. I thought life wasn’t fair and why now?! Not to mention the 2 different medications I was put on, taking 6 pills a day. Metphormin and some other medication I can’t remember what it was called.

It took about a week to get over myself. I remember sitting in the car with my husband crying and saying “I don’t want to die.” I had heard all the horror stories of people dieing or having problems with diabetes. It was at that moment I could take a step back and say “I can control this” I can loose the weight. I can get off the medicine and control it.

I started walking 3 days a week. I looked up diabetes and found Diabetes of America (I was going to Kelsey Seybold.. Felt too assembly line medicine and I did not like their treatment—Kelsey had me on a standard 1500 cal diet.) DoA had good comments from people and it was all encompassing. They went over diet, cholesterol and diabetes control. January 12th I went to DoA. Spent 5 hours there. They ran every test known to man on me lol, did metabolism rate test, talked to the doctor than the nutritionist. Seeing her really helped… though they dropped me to 1200 cals a day. Yikes! I was already hungry all the time at 1500 cal lol. They customized my plan with protein throughout the day AND informed me I don’t have to cut out the things I loved. BUT I had to watch the portions. It was and is all about portion control. A candy bar is 30-40 carbs. Well, if I am having that, that’s pretty much my entire “main” meal lol. So I didn’t do that too much, but occasionally I did J. That my plan was all about the carbs, (note, this plan really could be used by anyone.)

I started walking Monday through Friday in the mornings. I could barely do a mile lol. Than there was a week that rained and I downloaded some workout videos on netflicks, Ellen Barrett’s Pilates videos. I became hooked J I started doing them 3 days a week and walking 2 days a week. Than came biggest looser Charles and I watched on a lark and I was inspired by these people pushing themselves. I started walking at lunch too for 30 minutes a day. Within a month I was off one medication and down to 4 metphormins a day!

Now I’m working out 5 days a week, cardio for 40 minutes in the morning, strength 2-3 days a week in the evenings and walking at lunch. AND I’m completely off medication, controlling my diabetes through diet and exercise. I’m working on increasing my cal intake, but that’s harder than it was to start. My stomach is so small it’s hard to eat more lol. And I’m down to 106lbs. My fight isn’t over yet though, I’m still working on toning loose skin (though it’s not bad since I lost weight slowly and not suddenly). And I will continue to need to watch my carb intake.

My changes were not short live If you change it needs to be a life change.

Me, Now

Me, Now