An Ordinary Couple, An Extraordinary Transformation

An Ordinary Couple, An Extraordinary Transformation

Ryan and I got married in 2003 and struggled with dysfunctional eating until 2014, at which point we weighed over 500 pounds combined. A litany of diets led us to intermittent fasting as outlined in Gin Stephens' Delay, Don't Deny: Living an Intermittent Fasting Lifestyle. We lost a collective 200 pounds and transformed not only our relationship with food, but with ourselves and with each other. After receiving feedback that our transformation was "unbelievable" and that we were barely recognizable, we wrote a memoir about the journey. That book, Unbelievable Freedom: How We Transformed Our Health and Happiness has now sold around the world and been translated into the Korean language.

My Master's degree in Human Development and my personal experiences with transforming my life led me to incorporate Unbelievable Freedom, LLC, a company for which I now serve as Creative Director. I develop and promote products related to Habit Creation in the areas of fasting, contentment, and personal transformation. My three favorite roles in life are being a mom, a wife, and the Poster Girl for Contentment.

Ryan teaches high school English, just as he has for over two decades. He brings a love of reading and writing to his students. Since the publication of Unbelievable Freedom, he has a renewed commitment to writing fiction. He enjoys hiking, yoga, cooking and spending time with his beagle, Bo.

If you want to learn more about us and our story, it's all in the book! Unbelievable Freedom is available at



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