What Inspired Meagan to Lose Weight
POPSUGAR: What made you embark on your weight-loss journey?
Meagan Svendsen: I am a 42-year-old, 5'10" woman and I have always had some form of body image insecurities because of my height. Unfortunately, this led to me having a dysfunctional relationship with food. I have experienced binging and trying and failing every diet or weight-loss gimmick imaginable.
In early 2013, I quit a 20-year smoking habit. Two months later, I injured my back so bad that it required surgery to fix it. In less than a year, from the immobility and the mental anguish from the pain, I had gained over 60 pounds. The additional weight exacerbated my back pain. I was miserable and I was in pain. Fast forward a couple years — after trying and failing countless diets and exercise plans, a friend recommended I try Bikram yoga with her to help my back pain. She had recently had lost over 30 pounds and she totally inspired me. Although it was incredibly challenging, my life changed that day. Soon after, another yoga practitioner introduced me to the ketogenic lifestyle and my transformation began.