Taran's Weight-Loss Journey Begins
Taran tried losing weight several times over the past decade, but nothing ever stuck. "I didn't understand calorie balance, exercise, nutrition – anything honestly. I thought going to the gym daily and doing cardio would just make me lose weight somehow," Taran said.
In the Fall of 2017, she and her husband had just moved to Germany for his job. She was isolated without friends or family, and knew that she had to make a change. "This was the place for me to finally focus on myself. I had to improve my relationship with food, my relationship towards myself, and only I could make these changes happen."
After seeing photos of herself, she revealed that she didn't even recognize herself. She said, "I hadn't ever realized how much weight I had gained over the years, and it felt like my world was sort of closing in on me when I saw my true weight gain."
On November 1, 2017, Taran told herself that she legitimately had to change, or she'd continue to gain weight and not be able to enjoy life. "Tying my shoes, fitting into clothes, walking up four flights of stairs, getting out of the car, cleaning the house – all of these basic life functions were getting harder for me daily," and would leave her out of breath or even breaking a sweat.