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Taylor’s transformation from a size 10 to size 2

But really what you gave me is you empowered me and you enabled. To change my own life. I mean, everything looks different for me. Everything. I used to be the girl that would go to McDonald's and order 20 to 40 nuggets and eat 'em myself. When we went to Panera and they had the, you pick two, I'd order two of those and they get a, you pick four. And I was terrified of redefining my friendships. And I've been able to do that. I was terrified to say my needs first, but now I can say it no problem. I have boundaries in my personal life. I have boundaries in my food life. Everything has changed, um, because you helped me change, and I am just so grateful for that.

[00:00:00] Nikki: Hey there. This is Nikki and Sydney, and this is episode 77. Taylor’s transformation from a size 10 to a size two. 

[00:00:10] Sydney: this is fearless wellness, a podcast that has made for women who are experiencing hormone issues and who are feeling overwhelmed.

[00:00:18] Nikki: Here we will give you bite-sized tips to help you balance your hormones and nourish your body. So you can have more energy, and happiness. we’re your hosts, Nikki Walton. 

[00:00:28] Sydney: And Sydney.

[00:00:29] Nikki:  We want to be your health coaches. Ready? Let’s go.

[00:00:33] Sydney: I love that you use the word transformation from a size 10 to a size two to describe Taylor’s journey, Nikki, because to me, the transformation, it’s not just about weight loss. It is so much more. It is a. Self discovery and being able to get to the root cause of energy and getting to the root cause of digestive health and getting to the root cause of even mental health things going on that are affecting your physical nature.

[00:01:05] It is a transformation and it is not just about weight loss, so I can’t wait to dive in. Tell us how you met

[00:01:13] Nikki: Yeah. Well, the reason, like you said, Sydney, the reason why I chose that word is because when you have had the journey that Taylor has had, it is not, it’s not typical. . But that’s why it’s so exciting, because it is possible. It’s not typical, but it’s possible. And it’s been an all encompassing transformation.

[00:01:32] So that is, I did choose that word for a reason. So she was a referral from another client how many years ago?

[00:01:39] Taylor: Seven,

[00:01:42] Nikki: Seven. Yeah.

[00:01:43] Taylor: Six or seven.

[00:01:45] Nikki: Or seven. Yeah, so I met her through another client and we worked together for just a minute there when we were both in Texas . And she was, she, I’ll just tell you guys a really quick story about when we first worked together. The first appointment that we had, I was like, this is, this is how it’s gonna look.

[00:02:02] And she’s like, Okay, take me through my pantry. And I was like, What?

[00:02:05] Taylor: Okay.

[00:02:06] Nikki: She got out this trash bag and had me start throwing things away. And I’m like, Who is this girl? Right, Like unbelievable. She was just like, Okay, let’s do this. And she had huge success the first time that we worked together. And then both of us, that, all three of us here, we were all in Texas at the same time for Hurricane Harvey.

[00:02:31] So Taylor went through Hurricane Harvey, we all did this together and we had very similar stories wi in the fact that our entire eating world. Shifted in ways that we could have never predicted in our lives. Just shooken up and thrown out to be eaten by the dogs. Like, I dunno how to, I dunno how else to describe it.

[00:02:59] It was super, super hard. And so we both have had years of recovering from that. and then we were able to circle back around and reconnect and then, and then it just got, it just got even better. Taylor, am I missing any details there? Fill in, Fill in the gaps if I missing any details.

[00:03:17] Taylor: Yeah, no, I, I kept bumping into you. Um, you know, I always knew that I needed to be on a health journey. It was, um, instruction that had been given to me. I knew it needed to happen. I kept bumping into you. Um, and I, I finally bit the bullet to call you. And I do. I was, I was pretty dedicated. It’s like the moment I heard.

[00:03:40] I couldn’t turn away from it. It was like, let’s get started right now. And then years later, after a lot of life happened, I actually was trying to connect you with someone else, and, and, uh, I mean, realistically I think it was cuz I needed you again. Um, but it was through that reconnection that it was like, you know what, let’s, let’s dive back in and do it again.

[00:04:07] And I’m so grateful that I did.

[00:04:09] Nikki: So am I because we did not get to work very long together the first time.

[00:04:15] Taylor: no. I, I told, I, I think we met three times and I was like, I got it. Bye. Don’t need you.

[00:04:22] Nikki: Like you’re not even gonna show up to your last appointment. Who is this girl?

[00:04:27] Taylor: No, I’m good.

[00:04:30] Sydney: Did all of that happen before Hurricane Harvey

[00:04:33] Taylor: Yeah, that was, that was six or seven years ago, the first time. And the first time she came, um, I basically just got rid of all grains and sugars and started living full gaps. And I lost 50 pounds in six months and it had a lot of success for a few years. And then, like she said, Harvey turned life upside down and, um, In the meantime, not only did I go back to old eating habits, but I also created, I think even worse ones, a deeper emotional connection to poor eating, uh, deeper identity, um, with poor eating.

[00:05:13] Um, and so that’s why I had to work with her much longer this time is cuz I needed to dig a lot deeper than the first.

[00:05:22] Sydney: That’s amazing. So I feel like I’ve seen that before with some clients where they’re. Cool. I got it. You know what I mean? But then there’s a lot more to get. Right. So, so what did the, when you like, can you give us some more background on, on you, like what was actually going on when you decided that you needed to make a change?

[00:05:44] Maybe both times, but let’s just

[00:05:47] Taylor: there are.

[00:05:48] Sydney: focus on this time. Is that Nikki? Is that appropriate? Should we go with this

[00:05:51] Nikki: Let’s focus on a second time.

[00:05:53] Taylor: Well, yeah. Cause there, there, there are a few things that were the same for both and then a couple things that were different for the second time around. And, um, I mean, exhaustion was, was very prevalent, um, years of. Diarrhea, digestion, bowel issues. And I, I actually had a friend every morning at 7:00 AM we’d do this, All right, I’m on the toilet again.

[00:06:18] Text, you know, it was just very consistent. Um, uh, uh, this what a new symptom this second time around for me was depression and anxiety, debilitating depression. And, um, and, and I had never experienced that before. I’d never had anxiety before. Um, and so that, that was, that was new and that was crushing, um, weight gain.

[00:06:44] And another new symptom this time around was, um, allergic reactions. A lot of, um, itchy skin rashes on my face. Um, my lips would burn, they would swell. Um, so just, just the typical brain fog, exhaustion, weight gain, bowels, all the things

[00:07:04] Sydney: Incredible. So, um, What was the, what did you feel like in that interim? So you’d already worked with Nikki once for like less than a month, I’m guessing and made huge changes.

[00:07:18] Nikki: two and a half months. Yeah.

[00:07:20] Sydney: Okay. Got it. Got it. So you’d worked for, with Nikki for a minute, and then you went through this period of time, it was crazy busy and probably still had a lot of good success, but then you felt like there was other things you needed to work on.

[00:07:34] What, what did that feel like as you tried to, What did that frustration feel like as you tried to solve them on your own? Like were you, was it, was that hard to deal with and try to figure out what was going on on your own?

[00:07:46] Taylor: because. I thought I already knew how to do it, , cause I’ve done it and I’d spent my life, uh, feeling like I was educated on nutrition. I was a collegiate athlete. I worked at, uh, gnc, General Nutrition Center for, uh, large part of, um, my college life. And so, um, I always thought I was health, health conscious and I always thought I knew what I was doing.

[00:08:14] I met Nikki, she taught me a, a new way, a different way. Um, and so because I was successful then I thought I could do it again on my own. Um, but I think the frustration this time around was one, I wasn’t willing to change as much because I had, we’d moved to a new town since Houston, and in that moment when you move to a new place and you can recreate.

[00:08:44] I recreated myself around food with friends. That’s how I made friends, was we would go out to eat. And so for me to overcome, um, for me to start over, I’d have to recreate another identity in the same place without moving, I’d have to give up too much, and I wasn’t willing to change enough on my own to see the results that I.

[00:09:09] I could achieve. Um, so I think it was just a little bit too much to overcome on my own with the emotional eating, the food identity and the allergies.

[00:09:18] Sydney: So I like, I like how you’re describing it where you, you kind of did know where you needed to go that cuz you’d already gotten kind of educated. You said you had a lot of experience with all of this

[00:09:32] Taylor: Yeah.

[00:09:33] Sydney: And, and that you needed, maybe, maybe there were a few gaps of knowledge that, that Nikki fill you in on or help coach you on, which for some people that’s life changing, these gaps of knowledge.

[00:09:43] But you already, it sounds like you already had a lot of the, the knowledge you needed. You really just needed somebody to help motivate you, somebody to give you some accountability.

[00:09:53] Taylor: Um, that, that’s a big part of it. I also, Nikki knows this about me. I don’t like spending money either, and so it, it took a while for me to say, Taylor, you’re worth this again, Taylor, you’re worth this again as well. Um, but yeah, so I, Nikki, I definitely needed the accountability that Nikki provides.

[00:10:11] Nikki: Talk. Talk more about that, Taylor, Talk more about that. About being worth it. What

[00:10:16] Sydney: Yep, that’s exactly what I was gonna ask too. I wanna hear more about how you transformed from like it is, I’m worth spending money on.

[00:10:24] Taylor: Well, that’s, uh, that’s a big one. That’s a deep one. That honestly probably didn’t come the, the full realization of worth probably didn’t come until halfway through the program. Um, at first, like I said, when I reached out, I was trying to connect Nikki with someone else, . Um, and I grudgingly started again.

[00:10:48] I, I’m, I’m very much a people pleaser. I’m like, well, she wants this from me, so I’ll just sign up for a little bit and I’ll do the three, you know, the couple months like I did last time. I’ll be on my own. I’ll be good to go. Um, but as the process was working, And again, because we were working, it wasn’t just no grains, no sugars anymore, because I had to work on my identity and my emotional eating.

[00:11:14] Um, we dug a lot deeper. And in that digging, she kind of helped me find myself again. Um, I, I, and I will say I was lost. I was lost mentally. I was lost emotionally, I was lost physically. Um, and I even spiritually, And so she kinda helped me, helped me dig cuz I put up walls, I was hiding, I was using food, I was using everything I could imagine to not find myself.

[00:11:43] And so it took someone else to help me dig to, to I guess see myself again. And then as I started discovering myself, I started re remembering everything I loved about me and um, why it was so worth it. I really love interacting with people and serving people, but I’ve been hiding for so long I didn’t even have that identity anymore.

[00:12:07] And with more energy, um, I’m able to, I’m able to do that, that I love as well. So it just, just a full reconnecting with who I am and seeing that value again. It just brought me full circle.

[00:12:24] Nikki: So

[00:12:25] Sydney: I’m totally floored.

[00:12:27] Nikki: ahead, . Go ahead. Say that again.

[00:12:29] Sydney: go ahead. I’m, I’m totally floored. I’m totally floored by. Your description of the process because it’s kind of like you felt compelled by one thing or another, whether it was Yeah, I’ll, I’ll, I’ll work with you again. People pleasing, like, but not necessarily to reconnect with yourself, but along the journey you reconnected with yourself.

[00:12:51] We talked about this last week in our last podcast about how many. People are spending their lives disconnecting with themselves and, and how it, it’s so impossible to be able to love yourself and support yourself and give you the, yourself, the things you need until you can connect with yourself, put down some walls and, and see yourself and love yourself in all of our glorious imperfection. It’s so much easier to make progress when you can see yourself and to be able to see yourself with a coach that is, um, not judgemental is so helpful and that they’re like helping you to see the glory of you and how much, how much potential you have to feel well and do good and all those things. I’m just like elated at hearing that experience for you and so happy for that transformation.

[00:13:45] Taylor: Yes.

[00:13:45] Sydney: Um,

[00:13:47] Nikki: one of the highlights or one of something that Taylor tells me that I’m really good at is not taking any of her crap.

[00:13:53] Taylor: See that? That’s what I wanted to say. I wanted to say that because you know, you asked you, you kind of, um, You know, the having a coach, what it’s like working with Nikki and why I needed you and why I couldn’t do it on my own is because I can’t lie to her like I lie to myself. She just doesn’t, I mean, she just looks at me.

[00:14:22] She just knows that no, she knows when I wanna, I call it my bs. She just doesn’t put up with it, but she doesn’t put up with it in the most loving way. Um, she, she, she wasn’t just accountability for me, it was accessibility. Um, she was very accessible, very knowledgeable, and I’ve always felt like if you want people to change it’s knowledge, um, and knowledge is empowering and it empowers me to make better decisions.

[00:14:52] And for me to know what y’all know, I would have to spend a lot of time studying. And so to be able to just say, Hey. What’s this? What’s that? But I also, you know, you don’t put up with, with much, but you were so gentle, so loving, so encouraging. I I, I, I would have days where I’d wanna lie to you, but I would tell you, you know what?

[00:15:17] I licked the cookie dough off my fingers. You know, I would wanna hide stuff. But every time I came to you and I felt like it wasn’t good enough, or it wasn’t perfect, you found a way. To cheer me on and to be happy for, for my successes. You never pointed out my flaws or what I thought were shortcomings.

[00:15:37] You always found something to celebrate with me. Um, and I, I needed that personal cheerleader. You often, I’m sure on our meetings would compliment me why to sit there and have a hard time taking it , um, until at the end it got easier. Um, and then you, you. You really tailored things to what I wanted from me.

[00:16:02] Um, I know some of your other clients and. I know they’ve said, I wanna keep this, I wanna keep that and you work with them. Um, but for me, I think I finally got to the point where I said, Well, what are you doing ? I wanna know. Forget about me. I wanna know what you’re doing. Um, and I wanna go to the extreme and I wanna go further than what I would want for me.

[00:16:24] I want what you want from me. And so you, you took me beyond what I could have even wanted for myself. Cause I didn’t know, I didn’t know. What I could do fully. So I don’t know. Just I, I could, There’s no way I’d be where I am right now. Without you, there’s not a chance on this earth. I would’ve accomplished what I accomplished without you.

[00:16:47] Sydney: And with that we can sign off. That was all amazing. We’re done. I’m just kidding. I’m totally just kidding. That just so awesome. And I wanna know, like, can you tell me a little bit more about. Uh, about what was different in your life using nutritional therapy at this point, like in the second go round?

[00:17:04] Like what was different about, like, what new things did you learn that you’re like, I didn’t know that I needed to, like, bring that into my life and I didn’t even know. And also maybe what you

[00:17:13] Nikki: I do have to interject really quick here though, and say that it was not difficult to find things to compliment Taylor on because. Was just so amazing. It’s not like I had to search I do have to say that she’s amazing and every, every single week it was just like, you are a rockstar.

[00:17:34] So it was just, it was not difficult. So I do have to say that. Okay, now we can go onto the next question.

[00:17:39] Sydney: Well, so I, I, as an add on to that, the people that are listening to this right now, they need to know the same. They also are rock stars that that if they feel like they are not looking at themselves, that they’re hiding from themselves, that they’re putting up walls, that they’re using food or whatever it is, to be able to disconnect from themselves.

[00:18:00] They need to know that they’re amazing exactly like they are, and that when they feel that then they can make progress like tailor. That the, that the progress that you made, Taylor, the reason why you were such a rockstar and you are such a rockstar, is because you started to know that you are amazing and you always were, but not knowing that you were and not looking at yourself, held you back.

[00:18:25] And like realizing that and having Nikki show that to you every week, you are amazing. Look at all the things you do, look at all that you’ve done. Look at all that you are, and you’re like, I’m trying to not look at it , but her, her showing it to you over and over and over again has, has helped you to be able to realize that and you realizing that is the superpower because then

[00:18:49] Taylor: Oh, sorry.

[00:18:50] Sydney: No, no, go ahead.

[00:18:51] Go ahead.

[00:18:52] Taylor: now. I can’t stop looking at it. I’m not gonna lie. , I don’t wanna look away anymore.

[00:18:57] Nikki: He.

[00:18:58] Taylor: I, I, it’s, I can’t stop looking away. Um, and I, I meet a lot of people who, who ask me, you know, they notice the differences. They ask me, What are you doing? And every time I tell them, you know, I, I talk about Nikki, I talk about the program, but I also talk about you like, don’t sign up unless you’re ready to make some serious changes.

[00:19:21] You know, Nikki could, could give me all the education in the world, but I, I wanted results and I, I did. I, She says, she says rockstar superstar. I mean, I did, I kicked it in a high gear if she said to do it. I did. Um, it wasn’t like, okay, you said to do that. Maybe eventually it was like, Okay, I’m gonna do this right now.

[00:19:42] And I think that’s why I saw such results so fast. It was my willpower and dedication mixed with her ability to push me and her knowledge, and that’s, that’s why I am where I am right now. Yeah.

[00:19:58] Sydney: So any details you’d like to share with me, I’d love to hear, and probably the listeners too, about what it. What it was like, what, like in your life, maybe some of the changes you saw, um, as you worked with Nikki the second time and, and maybe some of the, I don’t know, gaps of knowledge maybe that you felt like, Oh, that really was helpful to know that like we’ve been teaching and preaching here on the podcast for a long time about nutritional therapy, but like, what was different in your life using nutritional therapy?

[00:20:27] Taylor: So, You know, I had the two experiences I had the first time and the second time, and the first time we went over a lot of the ba uh, what I would consider the basics or where you would start, which was, um, chewing your food, you know, making sure you were sitting, that you were calm, that you’re chewing your food, that you’re making sure the digestion that happens in your, then the enzymes in your mouth, that that’s getting done before you send your food.

[00:20:55] So I had that basic. Um, I cut out the grains and sugar. She introduced me, um, to, to, um, gaps, full gaps, not the introduction. And then the education that I received this time around, um, that I would’ve considered gaps was one, um, a lot of, uh, hormone balancing. Um, that wasn’t something we, we had time to get to the first time.

[00:21:22] Um, so starting using a, a glucose monitor, tracking my cycle, eating for my cycle, understanding when my hormones wanna rise, when they wanna dip, um, when I need to rest, when I can push it. Um, having that knowledge really, um, made a difference for me and I pretty rapidly saw my insulin get under control. Um, with that understanding, um, uh, I, I am still a pretty active, athletic person.

[00:22:00] I love playing sports and so I always thought I needed, you know, quick, simple carbs in order to sustain my energy. And so I learned, um, how to switch to fat burning and to, to get my energy and my nutrients. Um, um, more nutrient dense food from fatty or healthy fats. And, uh, now I, I didn’t need to eat right before my matches anymore.

[00:22:27] I now have energy, um, that I, I mean, I would, I would get up and, uh, I, I, I was, I’m practicing intermittent fasting, which was also new for me to give my body time to digest and I’d be amazed I could play three, four hours of tennis without. You know, needing to eat and my body was using fat stores and I still, you know, and I could probably keep playing for hours.

[00:22:51] So I was amazed at, um, um, changing my, the energy sources that my body uses. Um, even though that wasn a little bit of a process in the switching over ride, it took time. It wasn’t immediate. It wasn’t like I ate an avocado and I was good to go. It was, I had to go through a few weeks of I’m struggling and then my body, but I stuck with it.

[00:23:11] My body switched. Um, Um, uh, for me, I thought I needed way more fruits and veggies, you know, just the, um, the nutrients I can get from, from meat, the nutrients I can get from Whole Foods, Um, and just understanding more my body where proper nutrition comes from, what I actually need and don’t need end sleeping

[00:23:35] Um, she, she’s really trying to convince me to sleep. That might be the hardest one, but, um, that makes a difference as. Those, Those are, those are a few of the things that I think were major differences. And Nicky, and you can, you can tell me if I missed anything.

[00:23:48] Nikki: No,

[00:23:49] Sydney: have a little commentary about,

[00:23:51] Nikki: I’m just sitting here in awe that I’m like, Who did?

[00:23:56] Taylor: That was you. That was you.

[00:24:02] Sydney: It’s so true. I love it. I was gonna say that I, you know, you talk about switching over to fat burning and it is a transition to switch over to being able to burn fat. But as soon as your insulin’s low and you have access to burning dietary fat and body fat, holy cow. You know, like there’s some clients that I’ve been talking with about, I don’t know if I can do without convenient foods.

[00:24:28] And the reason why they can’t is cuz they have to put food in their mouth to get energy. And, and I was like, there is nothing more convenient than packing around food on your body. Like you’re, you’re never, you’re never out of energy. You’re never feeling like I’m dying. I’m so hungry. Like there’s nothing more convenient than being able to burn fat.

[00:24:51] Dietary or body, which I just, I just love the, all the shifts, all the description of learning to pay attention and track your cycle to be able to, to see what was happening with insulin. So all of the hormone work that you did probably really helped you to take off.

[00:25:10] Taylor: Oh yeah. And, uh, I mean, I, that’s where I think I really began seeing, uh, the results was being able to have knowledge and empirical data and, uh, be able to, to merge that with how I was feeling. Um, so that, yeah, that hormone work really, really was an aha moment. You know, when you can see the numbers, you know, Oh, my numbers used to be really high, and when I’d trick my blood and it would give me a red instead of agreeing , you know, And then you, you see those numbers go down and then you, you see your weight go down and you see your energy go up and, you know, it’s like, I, I could see it all written down empirically.

[00:25:57] Um, food journaling as well with all of this was hands down the one of the best. . Um, and I, I wanna say you, you were talking about the power of fat burning. I just got back from a, a whirlwind trip to Utah. It wasn’t planned. We had a funeral. And, um, with a trip like that, I’m pretty restricted right now. Uh, or I’ve got a lot of food boundaries and I was able to stick to them.

[00:26:23] But if there was ever a moment where everyone was eating and there wasn’t something for me, it was so easy to just. , I, I wasn’t starving. You know what I mean? It’s like, well, I don’t have access to anything. I’m not gonna compromise everything I’ve done and just eat what everyone’s eating. It was so easy to just wait until I could, um, because I have that fat burning, um, ability so that, that I feels like a new superpower.

[00:26:49] You know? I’m not hangry, I’m not worried about it. Even this morning, I didn’t, from, from the flight to getting ready for this. I haven’t had time to eat, but I’m. Hm. I’m not worried about it. I know it’s there and I’m, I’m not hungry. I’m not emotional. I’m not hormonal. I’m good to go. Yeah.

[00:27:08] Sydney: Anybody out there listening wants some of this

[00:27:11] Nikki: Yeah. I’m like, if this isn’t, if this isn’t convincing enough, I mean, like, I, I can’t, I, I, there, I can’t think of, I can think of more people that need this because Hanger is a regular part of their life. That’s how they live. And this is coming from you guys. I also have to say, Taylor had a history of thyroid issues, right?

[00:27:37] We forgot to talk about that cause we totally forgot about it.

[00:27:41] Taylor: I might have, I might, I might have mentioned it later. We’ll see

[00:27:45] Nikki: this is, this is coming from someone who, this is coming from someone who, as you’ve heard at the beginning of the podcast, food was her life. That’s what she had built her entire identity around, was eating with other people. And now she just said, I was with other people. In a family setting and I didn’t wanna compromise my success.

[00:28:09] I didn’t wanna compromise my progress, so I just didn’t eat. And did you still enjoy the trip?

[00:28:14] Taylor: Oh, absolutely. I had a wonderful time. Um, It got to the point where my food requests were so much, um, my father-in-law was like, You know what, we’re just gonna get you a rental car so you can go feed yourself when you need to . So, but you’re not at our mercy. And they were, and there were multiple times where people.

[00:28:33] Um, ma uh, Mason, um, got to meet with his mission president’s wife, and she wanted to bring us out to lunch, and they were, um, I was able to, we, every time we were able to eat out, I, we were able to pick a place that had a grassed burger or steak option, which was great for me. And they would order. And, and every, every waitress, every new person I’m meeting with, it’s like, You know, just salt and pepper.

[00:28:56] That for me, a little bit of butter. Gimme some avocado. I’m good. And they’re like, Are you sure? And they’d order dessert and they’re like, Wow, your, your willpower is so strong. And it’s just, it’s not even willpower at this point. It’s just, I, I just really care about myself and I wanna see myself successful.

[00:29:11] And there’s, there’s not much out there that would tempt me right now to take away. What I have, I don’t wanna trade it for your survey, I don’t wanna trade it for your clee. I almost wanted to trade it for the Cafe R, but I was able to say, No but no, it wasn’t even, it wasn’t even that tempting. Um, it, it’s not tempting honestly, at this point, I don’t wanna lick my fingers.

[00:29:35] There’s not a part of me that wants to compromise all of this work I’ve done, and I actually love being more restricted than with less restrictions because it just makes life so much easier.

[00:29:46] Nikki: Yeah, the simplicity of it really. People like, they’re just like, But what do I, I, It’s funny. I look at when I go and visit, when I go and visit, Gosh, you spend so much time in the kitchen, I don’t spend nearly that amount of time because like you said, when you have, when you live life, so simply when you have those boundaries, then it actually frees you from being trapped in your kitchen.

[00:30:13] Taylor: It’s minimalism. It’s minimalism. It’s the same, it’s the same concepts and precepts of why we don’t need to own as many things. They weigh us down all these options. I know what I can eat. I know what’s good for me. Um, I, I, I, I don’t have that. Um, one of the differences you really made this time around, It, it wasn’t just nutritional therapy, that therapy, let’s, let’s highlight therapy.

[00:30:40] You were like a therapist for me with a lot of these things. And so those emotional connections, I don’t, I don’t need to feed those anymore. And so that, that’s not even tempting to feed that inner child or to feed that wounded tailor. You know, the healing has gone so much more than my gut and my body and my rashes and my, my allergies.

[00:30:59] It’s, it’s, it’s the tailor. Who is feeding herself for connection? Um, I don’t, I, I’ve, I’ve, I’ve found connection in some and, and I’ve redirected that to where it’s supposed to go. Um, and so food can be what food needs to be for me, which is nutrients.

[00:31:17] Sydney: So you started working with Nikki again, and it sounds like you’ve had incredible results. And is there a moment, like, could you take us to the moment where you were like, this is working emotionally, physically, You know what I mean? Was there a kind of moment where you were like, It, it’s like when you, So the reason why I ask this question is you describe yourself in a way that most people are like, I want that, I want to be able to have no, not have to use my willpower to be able to make choices that are good for me.

[00:31:49] Cuz it sounds like that’s where you are, is that you’re in a place that it’s really easy to make good choices for yourself. But like, that didn’t start like that, but it, it usually that, that chain starts happening when you start noticing things you’re like, This is, this is working. And like take us to that moment.

[00:32:07] Like when did you start making that transition into like, this is working.

[00:32:10] Taylor: Yeah, I, I mean there’s gonna, there are multiple, honestly. Um, probably like stair steps of recognition. And I think, you know, I, I kind of touched on empirically, right? Um, I, I, I, when I signed up, it was late January, early February, my father had just challenged us all to do 75 hard. And, um, I was really trying on my own to do nutrition and it wasn’t working, and ended up reconnecting with Nikki.

[00:32:44] Um, I was a little bit frustrated cuz I knew I was gonna go to a Mardi GRA party and it was one that I go to every year at my aunt’s and I know the food she has there and I dream of this food every year and I didn’t wanna have to tell her. Everything that I was going to eat because I had told myself going on that trip, I’m going to eat it.

[00:33:02] She told me to make a choice beforehand. You know, choose, maybe choose to eat only so much or, or have a bite and then put it down. So you had the experience. But secretly in my heart, I chose to eat at all and to indulge. And I had started doing my, um, my glucose testing at that point, and it was really good for me to see.

[00:33:28] Um, the kind of the week before of eating well and then that, those few days of eating not well and seeing the numbers and correlating it to how my body felt, and then going back to, um, The way, the way she was telling me to eat and seeing the numbers and how I felt to be able to put that empirical data.

[00:33:47] So that Mardi Gra was kind of an aha for me. It wasn’t an aha of I did things well, it was an aha of I did things not well, , and, and I was able to, to correlate those. Um, and I, I saw that, I saw that even on the scale, the weeks that I had the most success were the weeks that. did exactly what Nikki said, and the weeks where I was stagnant were the weeks where these were my transition weeks of, I still want this and I’m still gonna include this and I’m still gonna try your way, but with my way, um, and, and weeks, weeks that I totally submitted myself to Nikki.

[00:34:27] Um, Were the ones that I saw the most success. Um, but I, for my, for my anxiety and my depression, this was a, a more recent aha moment. Um, I went to a CBD party, you know, one of my friends, uh, as joined a, joined a thing and they’re selling these, um, supplements and part of that, that party was, they needed to help us understand.

[00:34:57] what CBD was and why we would need it, . And there was a point where she’s like, And if you don’t have any anxiety and depression and you’re perfectly healthy and you don’t have any, these symptoms, I guess you can get up and walk out right now. And as I went through the b, the list of things that she was talking about that this helps with, I was like, Don’t have that anymore.

[00:35:17] Don’t have that anymore. Not anxious anymore. I don’t have depression anymore. I, I almost got up and left . I almost was like, I don’t need you. I don’t need this. Cause I’ve already done it nutritionally. So that was a big aha moment. Um, as far as the completion of the full circle of, um, I, I note, you know, the anxiety and depression, it’s something that when it’s there you’re aware of.

[00:35:44] Um, and then it, it slowly left the room for me and it, and it took that moment for me to actually realize that that hasn’t been a part of my life for the past few months. And that was huge. Um, and then I think some, uh, another aha moment was just, The, when my, when my, um, fat burning, when I was able to access that for tennis and I was able to have energy, more energy, I started playing tennis.

[00:36:11] But tennis is really important to me. And when I was starting to play a lot better and have more energy for that, I was like, Yeah, you got me. This is a win. Um, and then other moments are people, people notice, people can tell a difference. And so I’ve had a lot of people approach me and just. You know, not just the way I look, the way I’m glowing.

[00:36:30] I get, I, I get you are glowing. What are you doing? Um, and, and so I, I think those are some of the specific moments that was like, yeah, this is working

[00:36:42] Sydney: Unbelievable. I absolutely love all those aha moments. The Mardi gra, the CBD party, the um, the realization that you didn’t notice. It wasn’t like the light switched on or off. But that the anxiety and depression slowly walked out,

[00:37:00] Taylor: Mm-hmm. . Yeah.

[00:37:01] Sydney: notice you didn’t have it, you had more energy. In tennis, people are commenting on you glowing, not just because of weight loss, but because you did weight loss without cutting corners, right?

[00:37:13] Like it, Can you tell a little bit about how, how much this is different from a traditional weight loss program?

[00:37:23] Taylor: You know. I think a lot of what people who market weight loss, I think people want fast. They want easy, they want, like you mentioned, they wanna cut corners, they want results. The, um, the easiest weight possible. And this, this is not the easiest way possible, but it’s, and, and I do, I tell that anybody who’s interested, anybody who wants to.

[00:37:56] Um, the first thing I will tell them is how hard it is. Um, and, but anything that’s hard, anything that’s right, I think has to be hard. And so I think, I think this differs because, um, I’m not just taking a pill and, um, burning out my adrenals. I’m not starving myself. . Um, I’m, I’m, I’m feeding myself. I’m nourishing myself.

[00:38:25] I’m Ed, I’m, I’m, I’m receiving an education. Um, I’m healing, uh, emotional, uh, wounds. Uh, it’s, I think it, it feels like the way God intended us to be nourished, honestly. And, uh, yeah, I just connect with. It’s a hard road to walk. And it, and this, this isn’t something that when I stop working with Nikki, I turn it off.

[00:38:54] You know, this is, this isn’t, this isn’t a, for now, this is a forever. Um, and so you really have to be ready to change and wanna be different. Um,

[00:39:08] Nikki: I love that Taylor, you’re, Yeah, it’s, she’s, she’s a convert . It’s, You can’t get.

[00:39:15] Taylor: said, I’ve said that before.

[00:39:17] Nikki: Yeah, like you can’t get converted to a weight loss program because it’s not going to, It’s not gonna require of you the conversion that’s necessary for these to be permanent changes

[00:39:29] Taylor: Yeah.

[00:39:29] Nikki: and

[00:39:30] Sydney: Nor is it gonna have all the benefits of getting rid of anxiety, depression, and having people telling you that you’re glowing.

[00:39:37] Taylor: Yeah.

[00:39:38] Nikki: And Taylor, keep going. I wanna know more about now as a result of working together, how is your life different spiritually? Cuz you talked about that at the beginning and I’ve had other clients say, I can’t even begin to think about my spiritual life because I’ve been so off track healthwise that it’s not even on my radar.

[00:39:55] Like, I can’t even think about that. So can you te tell, walk us through that a little.

[00:40:00] Taylor: Just specifically spiritually at this point? Not, not everything. Like cuz life is different everywhere.

[00:40:08] Nikki: do it all. Do it all. But make sure include the spiritual in there cuz you did talk about that at the.

[00:40:12] Taylor: Well, and I’ll start, I’ll start with spiritual. . Um, you know, I, I think, uh, because I wasn’t taking care of my body and I believe that my body houses my spirit, right? I think, um, I think I was, I was not, I wasn’t taking care of myself in a way. One, when you don’t take, when I wasn’t taking care of myself physically, just my, my mental and emotional energy for.

[00:40:45] Was gone. And so I felt that I was only able to get to surface level priority things, and I didn’t make spiritual priority of that. I felt like my spiritual senses were dulled, um, because my body was dull. Um, I, I, uh, nothing about my body was sharp or quick thinking or capable, and so my spirit wasn’t able to thrive in that environment.

[00:41:11] Um, on top of that, I. , my, my, because I was feeding my anxiety, I was feeding my depression, I was feeding my inner child with all sorts of not good foods. Um, I, I, I, I kind of started not liking myself, um, and, and I lost self worth. And it’s really hard to, to, um, connect. With your spirit and to connect with God when you’re trying to hide.

[00:41:44] When you’re trying to hide. Um, and, and an anxiety and depression caused me to hide, um, as well. So I just, I stopped, I stopped praying, I stopped reading my scriptures. I stopped asking for help. I stopped seeking, um, spiritual guidance and just became consumed with how to get through a moment. How do I get through a moment?

[00:42:06] Um, cause I didn’t have enough energy to get through, to get through anything. Um, but as again, I, as I touched on earlier, as we, as we dug, as I began to heal my body, um, I was able to find my identity and my spirit again. And then I also realized everything that I wanted to do as hard as it was, and as good as you are and as dedicated as I.

[00:42:29] Am to this, that none of this is possible without Heavenly Father. And it brought me closer to him because I realized how much I need him. I need his strength. I need his healing. I need his wisdom. Um, I need his resources. Um, so that I, you know, uh, I need, I needed, I needed all of it. Um, and so it brought me, it brought me back to relying on him and not just myself.

[00:42:57] Because that’s what I was trying to do. I was trying to fix everything myself. And once I learned how to re return to you, um, I also learned how to return to him. Um, cuz you helped me fix, you helped, you helped direct me to, instead of feeding, um, feeding myself with food, I started getting validation from the proper sources.

[00:43:22] Which is my father in heaven. Spiritually relationships, um, that, that bring me value and worth. So I think that is why I reconnected spiritually. It was one, you helped dig me out of a hole, but two, it was, it was my spirit could finally be free and reconnect. Yeah.

[00:43:41] Nikki: I like, I just can’t, I can’t say. After responses like that,

[00:43:48] Sydney: I know.

[00:43:49] Nikki: gonna leave all of that space in there so that everybody else that’s listening can just like, can just simmer in that ponder and think about it.

[00:43:57] Taylor: simm.

[00:43:59] Nikki: that’s amazing. That’s amazing. So do you have any more questions before I wrap up?

[00:44:04] Sydney: don’t, I’m just, um, amazed. I love hearing your story

[00:44:09] Taylor: Well,

[00:44:09] Nikki: Me

[00:44:10] Sydney: I love that, even if it might not be typical. It is totally possible to be able to connect with yourself to rekindle your spiritual life, your physical wellbeing, your emotional and mental wellbeing. By, by going through this process of, of working with a coach to to connect with yourself through da like daily practices of reconnecting with yourself by journaling.

[00:44:39] Taylor: Mm-hmm.

[00:44:39] Sydney: and, and getting, uh, getting inspiration and validation and hope and encouragement and ideas from a coach who has done so much, so much work to be able to provide that for you. And I love, I love that Nikki was able to be that person for you because then you are the one who took it, trusted it, and then made your life completely change and, and, Stay on that course and be ready to stay on that course, ready to do the hard things, ready to stay on the course and, and be able to also share it with other people.

[00:45:17] I feel like you have been a source of sharing it with a lot of other people. Yes. Like it, it hasn’t ended with you.

[00:45:23] Taylor: No, no, it’s, it’s one of those things where you just wanna proclaim it. You know, it can change people’s lives when, when something so good happens to you, you wanna give that gift to everyone. But you also recognize that there’s choice, choice in this. So I can, I, I get to, I get to live and be an example, and if people ask questions, I get to share, um, joyfully and just hope.

[00:45:46] that people want the same for themselves. And, and I, I think people do, and I, it just like, it took me a while to jump in. It might take them, but I do want that for them. And you, you, you know, Nikki, I’d like to say, um, you changed my life, but you helped me change my life. Um, and, and, and, and, and I mean, you did, you did change my life.

[00:46:11] But really what you gave me is you empowered me and you enabled. To change my own life. Um, and, and I mean, everything looks different for me. Everything. I used to be the girl that would go to McDonald’s and order 20 to 40 nuggets and eat ’em myself. When we went to Panera and they had the, you pick two, I’d order two of those and they get a, you pick four.

[00:46:32] Like, I just, I was known for my ability to eat and I’ve had, and I’m, I’m, I’m terrified. I’m, I’m, I was terrified of redefining my friend. And I’ve been able to do that. I was terrified to say my needs first, but now I can say it no problem. You know, I just, I, I have boundaries in my personal life. I have boundaries in my food life.

[00:46:57] I, I just, everything has changed, um, because you helped me change, and I am just so grateful for that. Thank you.

[00:47:08] Nikki: I love you Taylor

[00:47:11] Taylor: And I’m no longer on prescription medicines. I forgot,

[00:47:16] Nikki: Yeah, you’re dumb.

[00:47:18] Sydney: us, tell us a tiny bit more about that. I love that fact alone because so many people are on prescription medicines. Tell us a little bit more about that and anything else that is different in your life besides getting off prescription medicines and the fact that you can play hours of tennis and that you’ve lost weight in your glowing and.

[00:47:36] Is there anything else like, so tell us about prescriptions and anything else that you might be missing.

[00:47:40] Nikki: And

[00:47:41] Taylor: know, I’ve, I’ve lost,

[00:47:42] Nikki: Give us some stats too for the people that are just listening and not watching. Tell us how tall you are and how much weight you’ve lost.

[00:47:48] Taylor: I’m five two. When I called, um, when I called Nikki up, I was about 1 75. Um, uh, and since January, February, when I really started dedicating, I’ve lost 50 pounds. Um, in the short time I’ve gone from a. 10, 12 to a size two. It is actually kind of frustrating cuz I bought some size fours and then I immediately, you know, they, they don’t fit anymore.

[00:48:14] And I was like, I shouldn’t be upset about not being able to fit in my fours because I’ve never been to two before. But um, so that was kind of, that was really cool. But also like, oh, well let me return these. Cause it was literally within a month of buying them, I was already onto the next size. Um, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, um, postpartum after I had my first, um, child.

[00:48:36] And I do not, like Nicki knows, I don’t like, don’t make me take pills. I don’t wanna take pills. , I, I don’t mind supplements now cuz I know what they do for me. But when I talked to my endocrinologist, he was like, This is forever. You’ll forever have this. You will die with this. You’ll be on pills for the rest of your life.

[00:48:54] And I just had a hard time accepting that. And the first time I worked with Nikki, I got. The, um, Synthroid and then, um, ended up getting back on it in that interim of not eating. And, um, within, within a month or two of starting with Nikki, I was off it again. Um, and. Uh, it was amazing. I didn’t, I didn’t notice I wasn’t taking it.

[00:49:20] I, I did. My body didn’t miss a beat. I’m able to regulate my hormones on my own, which is what I’ve always wanted to do for myself, um, is for my body to be, you know, top rate sufficiently with the food that I give it. And it’s doing that. Um, so that. Um, she even did some relationship work with me. Um, I mean, she, Nikki, Nikki and I worked through everything, relationship, work, food, the food, not just food relationship, but spouse, friends, everything.

[00:49:51] Um, Yeah, I, I, I no longer get the rashes on my face. My lips are no longer bloated and swelling. I don’t have diarrhea anymore. I have normal bowel movements. I’ve got energy. I’m winning on the tennis courts. Um, I just, if you, you name it, it ticks a box for me, . So I just, everything, what isn’t different about my life, what isn’t different except for, except for. I get to be me at the highest level that I’ve ever wanted to be. Me, and I love that. I love

[00:50:29] Nikki: uh, that’s un that’s unbelievable. It’s like you, you, you’ve been saying through this whole process too, it’s like you gave yourself to the process. You, you submitted, and, and in the beginning you were so terrified of losing your identity, but. In the process of submitting to it and being committed to it, you’ve found who you really are.

[00:50:51] Taylor: Yeah, and I’m not, I’m not afraid. I, I, I did have a lot of relationship issues. I was afraid of people afraid of losing friendships, afraid of all of that. I don’t have that anymore cuz I’m so satisfied with who I am that. You know, again, I’m getting, I’m getting everything. I’m getting nutrition from the proper sources.

[00:51:11] I’m getting validation from the proper sources. I love myself and I am, I’m now at a place where I am self sustainable. Thank you, . I love that.

[00:51:23] Nikki: Okay. I’m converted like.

[00:51:27] Taylor: You should sign up Have I sold you yet? Don’t delay. Act now. Call

[00:51:41] Nikki: Okay. If you guys, if you’re listening and you’re ready, don’t sign up if you’re not ready. Taylor said,

[00:51:49] Taylor: I, it’s worth it. And I’m, I’m one of those people who said, I can’t afford this. I was one of those people who said, I can’t afford this, and now I don’t wanna not afford it. I’ll do anything in my life to afford this. that my priorities have changed. Yeah. I mean, don’t, I don’t wanna pay anymore, but I’ll do anything I can to afford it.

[00:52:12] Nikki: Well, and all the money that you’ve saved, saved, saved in the

[00:52:17] Taylor: on eating out and stuff. Yeah. I don’t eat out. Yeah. Except for, Yeah. Yeah.

[00:52:23] Nikki: love to know, I would love, you know, we don’t have the ability to do this, but you know, choose your own adventure. What would’ve happened to Taylor had she stayed on that trajectory and the money that she would’ve spent on her health and all the money that you’re saving. Because you have changed that trajectory and you’re not gonna be spending that money later.

[00:52:41] Taylor: I know. Yeah.

[00:52:42] Nikki: I’d love to have that

[00:52:44] Taylor: I don’t, I don’t even need to know the other option. I’m happy with this one. I don’t even need to walk that path. This is the one I wanna be on. This is where I’m gonna spend my time and,

[00:52:52] Sydney: I think that, I think that everybody does wanna be on that path. I think that it’s hard to make the jump to making, helping them to see the listeners right now, uh, to see that they’re worth it, That they’re, they’re worth putting the time and energy into it to discover themselves and what’s possible for themselves.

[00:53:12] It’s super easy for someone to be. My appendix is gonna burst. I need to go get it out. And they’re like, Yeah, I do have a high deductible. It’s okay. I’m just gonna pay it because otherwise I’m gonna die. It’s easy to make that choice. It’s harder to be able to be like, I love my future self so much and I don’t want her to suffer. To be able to make the choice to commit the time and the resources to be able to make the changes that make all the things that you’re describing possible, but to have the wisdom to be able to have the foresight and the love for your future self to make that commitment, because it does save a lot of money to do what you just did.

[00:53:55] You might have spent some upfront, but it is like the best financial investment you could ever make is in your.

[00:54:01] Taylor: I agree that’s, that’s why I wanted to bring it up because I know that is one of the biggest hurdles for people coming into it is that that, But I, if you can get over that, that initial cost. what you gain in value, not just now but your future self. Um, healthcare costs you won’t have to pay, but also your children, um, your other loved ones are affected by this.

[00:54:28] They won’t be paying so much out of pocket for your care when you’re older cause you’ve already taken care of that. You know, it’s an investment. It’s one of the greatest investments that you could ever make, and it will pay dividends forever.

[00:54:41] Nikki: Amen. Taylor, I am so grateful to you for being on here today. What a, what a joy. What a glorious hour this has been. Thank you so much. If you guys are listening to this and you are ready, Come to coaching with Nikki and sidney.com and fill out an application. We will get back to you about setting up a consult so that we can talk about how this can be a reality in your life, How you can have a tailor transformation in your life. I want that for you. Sydney wants that for you. Taylor wants that for you. We’re gonna, we’re gonna talk, We’re gonna call, I’ve just labeled it Taylor’s transformation

[00:55:24] Taylor: Can we trademark this another T-shirt,

[00:55:28] Nikki: It is a complete, a complete transformation and it is so exciting. So go to coaching with Nikki and sidney.com. Sign up there for a consult and fill out the application and we will, we will meet with you and this can happen in your life. Thanks so much. You guys will see you next week. 

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