Let me just start by introducing myself. My name is Tenika Simmons and I live in Grand Prairie, TX. I am originally from Okmulgee, OK. I have been married for 10 whole years! Praise God! (Love you Justin!) Lastly, 1 HUGE PERSONALITY daughter named Justyce. I love God! He’s the reason I’ve made it this far.
I started my Keto journey February 1, 2017. I was literally running for my life! May 24 2016, I lost my baby boy in month 5 of my pregnancy. (Pic below on left) It was such a hard time for me. I was 6 months out of corporate america to start my very new business as well as just dealing with everyday life. I was so sick the entire pregnancy and my business was lacking big time!
The night I lost my baby was crazy! I minute I was on the couch watching a movie,and the next I was in the ER! Everything went so fast. I was terrified! I had to deliver a baby that I had just found out was dead inside of me for about 4 days!
I laid in that hospital bed confused and angry. Not even gonna lie..I WAS PISSED! I would have happily endured being sick the entire pregnancy. I just wanted to have a healthy baby. I’ve been praying for years! I felt like I had come out empty handed. Nothing to show for the time gone by. 2 babies gone. My baby boy, and my business.
Well, depression set in deep. Anxiety, worry,stress, and fear became my close cousins. I felt guilt and shame, and I tried to hide from God.(funny right as if I could. lol) You see, I was a Bold christian..Strong in my faith! How could I be depressed when I know how BIG my God is right? I went from the top of the mountain all the way back down again, and the crazy thing is that no one knew it! I would put on my game face at church and for my family and cry in secret. Little Debbie snacks and whatever else I could find to shove down my throat became my bestie. I would eat until I made myself sick. The pounds started piling on quick. All the while I was praying for God to pull me out of this pit!
About October I started to feel weird. I was waking up in the middle of the night so thirsty. Like drinking so much water that I had to keep a big cup by my bed. My mouth was so dry, and I was going to the bathroom a ton. I could feel myself being high in the mornings and then going to an extreme low by afternoon. Super fatigued and drained. I didn’t know what was going on. I thought I was pregnant again! So happy, I took pregnancy test after pregnancy test and never got a positive reading. Ugh!
Long story short, I was watching Kenneth Copeland Ministries one morning (few months later) and there was a man by the name of Dr Colbert on there talking about the Ketogenic diet. I immediately looked that episode up on youtube and watched it again. It hit me! I think I was getting diabetes symptoms! Agh!! I immediately started talking to God about all that I had just watched. Fast forward, I did my research and started my journey! God had answered my prayers! Whoop whoop! Thank you Jesus!(lifts hands)
5 months later I am happy to report that I have lost 39 pounds, gained a different perspective about my baby, not depressed, full of energy, and am still going Keto strong!
God is Amazing!! I’m taking back control of my body 1 pound of fat at a time. (Lifts hands)
Disclosure: I am not a nutritionist or doctor. The content provided on my website as well as my youtube channel are based on my own journey and personal experiences with a Ketogenic Diet. You should consult with a physician before starting any new diet.