Health issues: PCOS; back pains
During college, Lexlee worked multiple jobs, stressed and didn’t know what she should be eating. Grabbing what was easy and convenient on a college budget — a ton of pizza and any food she could get during breaks from her waitressing job. And within about a year, she had gained 180 lbs.
“I started having a lot of health issues,” she says. “My back was hurting all the time. I had PCOS, and I was on the spectrum for pre-diabetes and high blood pressure. I love to ride horses — I have my entire life — and I couldn’t anymore. I became super insecure and withdrawn, and I stopped going out with my friends.”
In Jan. 2018, after finishing college, she finally agreed to join a weight loss program with her mom and her sister. “I started setting alarms for every 2½-3 hours to remind myself to eat healthy snacks, and swapped out the pizza for ones with cauliflower crust or made Taco Tuesdays with lettuce wraps instead of tortillas. Over the next two and a half years, I consistently lost weight, eventually dropping 187 lbs. I’m now a health coach and help out people “get healthy.”