Rachel’s 110.5 lbs Gone Two Weight Loss Journeys to Goal at RFBC
Rachel’s Goal Journeys from 283 lbs to 125 lbs
Rachel’s highest weight ever was 283 lbs
She started RFBC at 235.5 lbs having lost 47 lbs on her own dates unknown
In February of 2018, Rachel hit her goal weight by losing 87.9 lbs in 10 Months.
Between February of 2018 to October of 2020, Rachel gained 22 lbs.
In February of 2021, Rachel hit her second goal weight by losing 44.6 lb
Goal 1 – 2018
April 17, 2017
February 23, 2018
1st 4 Months – Rawk Starz
then Wholy Rawker
1st 4 Months – 2 Hours Walking
then 45 min – 1 hr
Goal 2 – 2021
Oct 26, 2020
February 3, 2018
Rawk Starz Diva
2 Hours Walking
Goal – February 3, 2021 – 125 lbs
Rachel returned to camp to lose the 22 lbs she had gained in the 2 years since she hit her original goal right before getting married. But she had a bigger dream. This time she wanted to reach a dream weight that eluded her even in high school: 125 lbs.
She came back to RFBC with a new attitude. She was done struggling with her weight. It was time to take control and make the mind shift needed for life long thin and healthy.
In the first goal section below on this post, I asked her specific questions back in 2018. Her answers remained the same. Instead of making her write a new section of this journey, I have pulled some of her posts from our daily discussion thread that I felt express her journey well.
Feb 2, 2021
Sometimes the barriers in my way of doing XYZ that Carlene is asking are 5 other problems to solve before I can do XYZ. It’s challenging at times, but it’s worth figuring out and finding the way to do what she wants. I don’t try to get around it or do it my way anymore. All that accomplished in the past is to delay my own success. Listen to her when she says you will get bored dieting if you don’t stay focused and do this quickly. If you have a bad day and start having thoughts of quitting, don’t dwell on those thoughts. Focus on the positive things. Focus on problem-solving and setting up your environment to be more conducive to your success. Work on streamlining processes you have to do every day to be successful. Focus on all the work at hand and on how proud you feel every day you do a good job. Then there is no time or space to dwell on the negative things. Anyone at RFBC is an apprentice at beating obesity/overweight and we are here to learn from a master. I’m just mentioning things I would have benefited from hearing when I balked at some of Carlene’s requirements or felt there is no way I could do them. We can do them. We have to do them.
Jan 23rd, 2021
I do feel I found RFBC when the time was right, even though I wasn’t able to beat obesity in one attempt and it took a lot of years to come back and stay for the whole process I needed to be successful at changing my mindset and ways. I consider myself to be strong-willed and that makes me a slower learner sometimes. I accept that and still feel enormously lucky to have found RFBC when I did and that you were always there for me when I was ready to learn the next lessons. I’m still learning new things and feel so grateful to have you and this program.
Jan 13, 2021
Well Divas, the audio got Rachel on her soap box.
Coming in thinking just doing enough to get by, doing the minimum of fixing the food and doing the walking for weight loss is going to fix our weight problem for life is misguided. Carlene is right that we must use this time to make lasting change. It can feel awfully hard at the beginning to manage changing the food and getting in the walking, that that is all we can focus on. And that is OK – for a while, at the very beginning. Focus on getting food and walking right and streamlining it as soon as possible. Plan the food, get the shopping done. Think through all the required processes to automate food and walking so it is easy. Set out workout gear the night before. Clear the path for the Rawk Starz Diva Royal Highness you are! Remove the barriers, lay out the red carpet, and strut your stuff on it right to your food and walking. Work on that and feel the pride. Then, when that part is down, adjust your crown, and get to work on the next problem/barrier/excuse you are most motivated to work on. (Definitely be working on this challenge of getting up early as it *will* change your day, your week, your month, your year, your life.) If the list feels too long, pick the thing Carlene is drilling us to work on or ask her if help is needed prioritizing. For example, for me, the first time at camp (2008) I got the rude awakening about salt. If I had been smart back then, I would have researched this more to convince myself that Carlene is right about sodium. But I did not do my homework, thus delaying my journey to beating morbid obesity/obesity/overweight and living my best royal life. Since then, I found out excess sodium drives auto-immune response (I have auto-immune issues) and BOOM! I was done with sodium and it was so easy because of what Carlene said in the audio – my mind was convinced. But until then, I didn’t believe sodium was that bad, and it continued to undermine my success. Self-education leading to a change of mind is key to success.I use Carlene as an example because we are here at RFBC and we believe in her. If we did not, we would not be here. Everything Carlene says that is needed to beat our weight problem is true. Carlene is a is a winner, a gold medalist in beating life-long obesity and living a healthy, happy, fulfilled life. Even if we are wired differently than she is, and we are because we have our own unique personality traits, we can mentally grasp what she says she had to accomplish to be a winner. And the truth is, we *have* to accomplish those same feats on our own personalized journey. We may have to use different tricks and tips to get there, but we must go through the same obstacle course she did. There *is* no going around it. There are no short cuts. Self-education could be a sort of accelerator to the process, to get your mind in agreement with the hard changes that need to be made, but there are no short cuts for sustainable weight loss for the types of women who find themselves at RFBC. Trust in that. It took me a long time to understand this. I spent too long trying to get by just to get results. I spent too long thinking inside my self-limiting, excuse-generating box when I should have trusted Carlene and busted out of that box! We can get thin in the same skin we got fat in, but not in the same mindset. I am challenging you to enter the process and climb out of any self-limiting box, tooth and nail! This is your life, Divas!
I cannot help but to shout from the rooftop because I am the most stubborn queen I know. And I could have so easily been trapped outside the gates of my own castle because of that stubbornness. Now I proudly live in my castle and many days I am overwhelmed to tears at how joyful it feels to finally reign.
Jan 8, 2021
Every day is brand new and I feel full of wonder bc I’ve never looked or felt like this person before! I’ve never been this well-managed or put together. (I haven’t arrived, I’m just trying to adjust to this new awesome reality that I created for myself through hard mental and physical work.) I feel super!
Goal – February 23, 2018 – 147.6 lbs
I asked Rachel if she would answer some questions for those who came to her goal page. Our hope is that you will connect with her journey and be inspired to start your own. Whether you work with us, someone else or on your own. Know that it is possible with patience, perseverance and determination.
Rachel, before joining RFBC on April 17, 2017, had you ever tried a raw food diet? If so, tell us what worked and what didn’t work for you on it.
Yes, I had tried the raw food diet in the past. Back then, I was more focused on making gourmet raw recipes and eating whatever I wanted as long as it was raw vegan. I made it complicated and it was not sustainable. During that time, I did not learn how to live life without being food-centric. I was just as focused on food as I was when I was eating SAD.
When you did finally join us last April, did you honestly believe you would make it all the way to your goal weight with it?
Yes and no. I was desperate for change when I joined RFBC in April 2017! I knew I was going to stick with the program until I was “done” but I did not really have a solid vision of what that would look like.
You lost your first 70 lbs in a little over 4 months doing our Rawk Starz diet and walking. What was that first part of your journey like. So much gone so fast.
The first part of my journey was wonderful and amazing! I was able to stay focused because I was seeing such fast weight loss. It seemed every time I turned around, I was reaching weight loss milestones and sending in progress pictures. I am a visual person and the feedback from the progress pictures just fueled my determination to keep going, to lose the weight fast, and to lose it for good.
Last year you got married and sent me a wonderful email thanking RFBC for your weight loss and feeling so good about yourself. Please share how it felt to feel and look so beautiful on that very special day.
Reflecting upon this special time brings tears to my eyes! It felt incredible to look and feel great on that day. Every time I look at my wedding pictures, I can’t help but to also think about my RFBC journey to that day and my heart is, again, filled with such gratitude for RFBC!
Things started to slow down for you in September. Why do you think that was?
I was getting close to a weight that I had a mental block about getting past. I would even say that I had some fears about losing the rest of the weight. I was entering territory I had not seen since my twenties and for a short time in my thirties. And beyond that, where my goal was set, I had not been in my adult life. I was also regularly doing the minimum amount of walking and that just does not work for fast weight loss.
You eventually switched to our Wholy Rawker’s diet on my suggestion, how did that work for you as you went through many struggles over the winter.
Wholy Rawkers was a lifesaver for me over the winter months! It was just the break I needed and eventually helped me to get refocused.
While over this time you didn’t lose that much weight, you did maintain it. What did that teach you about yourself?
Even though I did not lose much weight over this period, I really gained confidence in myself that I could maintain my weight. I had lost weight many times over my lifetime, but I had never maintained large losses for any length of time. I still count that time as a success!
Over the course of your time at RFBC what changes have you made in your attitude toward food, food behaviors and overall idea of what you need in your life to maintain it?
Food is no longer the main focus of my life, my best friend, my go-to stress reliever, or my entertainment. Sure, I still struggle with old food behaviors wanting to crop up, but I’ve come too far and learned too much to throw it all away and give in to my weaker self. I feel I have been given the tools in RFBC to maintain my weight. I have learned how to handle emotions without food, how to stop mindless eating, how to build a life worth living, and so much more. I have put food in its place and I believe this is key to maintaining weight loss.
Now that we are heading off into maintenance, we are going to go slow. You still want to lose another 5 to 10 lbs over the next three months so we are going to go very slow on adding in new foods. How do you anticipate this happening?
I imagine that some folks struggle with the mundane nature of maintenance, but I am determined to focus on the parts that are exciting. I have already experienced the exhilaration of fast weight loss and I can look back at my progress pictures when I need a reminder of how great that felt. Moving forward, I will focus on new and different victories and milestones. As we slowly introduce new foods, my patience will develop further, I will gain a greater appreciation for food as fuel, and I will continue my new life without food being the main focus. I’m excited about this next chapter!
Share with us your fears of keeping the weight off and share with us what you believe are your strengths that you will use to keep the weight off.
I would be lying if I said I had no fears about keeping the weight off. The main fear stems from never having maintained weight loss before. But I will focus on my strengths to get me through this next challenge. I will remind myself of the strength it took to lose the weight and get to goal. I stuck with the process through personal struggles and failures and all the weight loss did not happen easily for me. I have an open mind and a student mentality; I realize I am still learning new information and behaviors that will help me to maintain my weight. I value the process I have been through too much to throw it away and go back to my old life.
Finally, would you summarize your journey for us and end this with your best advice to women who want to follow you to their goals and dreams.
When I came to Raw Food Boot Camp in April 2017, I was morbidly obese and desperate to climb out of my “fat suit” forever. I was familiar with RFBC and knew I needed what Carlene and RFBC had to offer – structure, support, and accountability. I was not disappointed! As previously mentioned, I lost most of my weight on the Rawk Starz diet, then switched to Wholy Rawkers for part of the winter months, and then back to Rawk Starz to get to goal. I enjoyed having the flexibility to go between both diets to get to the maintenance phase. I wasn’t perfect at it and I took longer to get to goal than I wanted to, but the important part is that I did not give up. I stayed committed to my goals and to the idea of progress over perfection. This was a hard one for me, as I tend to be an all or nothing, black or white type person. But I learned and grew the most through failing forward and not giving up. I learned to persevere and to forgive myself when I didn’t live up to the myth of perfection. While I did the hard work, day in and day out, having the wisdom and support of Carlene and the ladies at camp made all the difference. Being challenged daily to starve the “fat brain” and nourish the “thin brain” challenged my thinking and changed me little by little. I know maintenance will mean hard work, perseverance, and failing forward. But I am confident that I have been given the tools for success. Although I know the possibility of relapse is not to be discounted, I cannot see going back to my old life and ways.
For anyone considering starting their own journey out of obesity and into health, I say go for it! Consider the possibilities over the obstacles, your dreams over your fears. You are stronger than you may think you are and you owe it to yourself and your family to make a change. It will involve being “selfish” and taking time to really focus on you. But, in the end, you will have so much more to offer others when you learn to love and care for yourself first. There is only one you, so why not become the best version of yourself to offer this world? I believe you can achieve your dreams and goals simply because if I did, anyone can. How bad do you want it and what are you waiting for?