Audrey Johns: Author and Weight Loss Blogger

Audrey Johns - Author & Weight Loss Blogger

My name is Audrey Johns, weight loss blog and cookbook author, and I would like to share my remarkable weight loss story with you.

I have been heavy my entire life, at my largest I was 275 lbs and a size 20. I hated how I looked and how I felt. I have tried every diet out there, South Beach, Weight Watchers, Atkins, sugar free, fat free, calorie counting, you name it I’ve tried it. I read all the weight loss blogs. Sometimes I would lose a little weight, but inevitably something happened, I gave up and gained it back plus more.

In 2011 I had enough of being fat, I hated that I was always the fattest person in the room. I started reading every blog, book and website about losing weight and found some information and a cookbook that highlighted clean eating. I started cooking 3 meals a day and enjoyed the ritual of cooking and taking better care of myself, but most of all I enjoyed the food.

I started with a simple toast with almond butter and bananas for breakfast to now a bowl of chic slow cooked steel cut oatmeal with nuts and fruits soaked in almond butter. I taught myself to cook and with that healthy eating and how to lose weight.

Audrey and Huell Howser

Audrey meeting her idol Huell Howser – May 2011.

I found that when I stopped eating all processed foods, anything with chemicals, preservatives and artificial sweeteners, and increased my water intake the weight just started to fall off!

I had been struggling to lose weight eating frozen “diet” meals and diet sodas all day every day, eating under 1000 calories all along starving and gaining weight. Now I was eating real food every day and drinking lots of water. My calorie count went up to 1200-1400. I was more fit than ever, and the weight flew off and has stayed off.

“One year later I was 150 lbs lighter! I am now 120 lbs and a size 4, I look and feel amazing!”

Many people ask me about my workout regimen. As I am a firm believer that we all need to move our bodies as much as we can, I was not an avid gym visitor during my weight loss journey. I have a rare nerve disease that has limited my ability to exercise. Many people are particularly interested about this one factor.

Most people I have met knows someone who is heavy, but disabled in some way that makes it difficult or impossible to work out, or someone trying to lose weight after an injury. I encourage them to move their bodies as much as they can, if it means lifting weights while on the couch, or just working a little harder in physical therapy you can do something to move more.

So many of my friends asked about my fast weight loss that I finally started my Lose Weight by Eating weight loss blog on New Years Day 2012 to answer their questions. I hope to give back to people out there like me who have been searching for the right weight loss information.

Lose Weight By Eating cookbooks:

            

I want to tell people that:

A diet that leaves you feeling deprived is not a diet you want to be a part of because feeling deprived for the rest of your life is not a reasonable way to eat.

I started by sharing my recipes, and in following years it evolved into one of the top weight loss blogs on the Internet within 2 years!

Audrey Johns Cookbook

Making cupcakes from my cookbook with my daughter Sophia.

Now, I have created the Lose Weight by Eating Cookbook, have made numerous media appearances including the Rachael Ray Show, and have helped literally thousands of people lose weight all over the world.

Media Appearances

Rachael Ray Show – January 2, 2017

Audrey again shares her tips and recipes from her new Lose Weight by Eating cookbook on the Rachael Ray Show with guest Bob Harper!

Hallmark Home & Family Channel – June 15, 2016

Audrey shares her Skinny Sloppy Joe’s recipe from her new Lose Weight by Eating cookbook.

Rachael Ray Show – April 26, 2016

Audrey shares her tips and recipes from her new Lose Weight by Eating cookbook on the Rachael Ray Show with guest Bob Harper!

700 Club – April 19, 2016

Audrey’s remarkable weight loss story was recently featured on CBN’s The 700 Club. You can watch the full segment from the April 19, 2016 episode below.

The Doctors on CBS – November 27, 2014

Audrey’s remarkable weight loss story was featured on the CBS television Show “The Doctors”. She was surprised with a free trip to Belize!

The Taste on ABC – January 2, 2014

Audrey competed on season two of ABC’s “The Taste” starring Nigella Lawson, Anthony Bourdain, Marcus Samuelsson, and Ludo Lefebvre. The two-hour season premiere was on January 2nd, 2014 at 8 PM.

Audrey appeared on the April 2014 cover of Women’s World Magazine

Audrey Johns Womans World Magazine

Articles about Audrey:

Audrey was endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General:

US Surgeon General Tonetiki Tweet

Check out my Recipes and my Weight Loss Tips and be sure to “follow” my blog for great recipes and weight loss tips.

Lose Weight by Eating with Audrey Johns

Click here to contact me!

HAPPY COOKING!

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  9. I have been reading your story and was curious about your nerve condition. I kept looking for it but was afraid to ask. I also have CRPS. Its not very common but 75 % of people with it are female. Its a long story, but I have had it almost 6 yrs now. I have gained weight and exercise is hard for me. I would really like to take the weight off and I can’t believe I stumbled on this blog, and that you have the same condition I do. I almost cried lol.
    So thank you….

  10. Audrey,

    What is the nerve disorder that you have? I’m curious because I have CMT which limits my mobility.
    I’ve gained about 40 pounds over the last year and it’s finally time I nip it in the butt! After a little research I found your recipes and I LOVE them!

    Thank you so much!
    Nicole

  11. If you look at the dinners you will see a BIG difference in them and the lunches. My husband too is a meat and potato guy too, so I mostly do just a lean protein and veggies for dinner, I am NOT a short order cook and he and my daughter do NOT get special food, don’t do that to yourself it will never end if you start it! Have your salad for lunch and make something you both can love for dinner.

    Last night I made stuffed steaks (recipe coming soon) and grilled asparagus, the night before I made a whole chicken and roasted veggies. I eat salads (he calls them “chick food”) at lunch and then make a simple delicious dinner… all recipes under “dinners” are “man (and kid) approved.”

    HAPPY COOKING!
    Audrey

  12. I love your blog and you have helped me to know I can lose the weight without becoming a gym rat, or follow the fad diets. My q question is, you have a husband I’m guessing from the pictures. He likes all the recipes? My boyfriend is a meat and potato kind of guy, and I’m happy with a good salad for dinner. did you have t o cook two meals, one for you, one for him?

  13. Thank you so much for posting and sharing your story! I’m looking forward to trying your recipes and losing weight!!!

  14. You are adorable and using your information like its a ministry! I tooHAVE TRIED EVERYTHING. i WANT TO BE HEALTHY AND VITAL. i LOVE LIFE AND FOOD, BUT i KNOW THAT THE WAY TO LOSE IS BY EATING. Thank you for INSPIERING me. Fingers crossed, getting started. Wish me luck!

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  16. Hello Best Cooking 🙂

    I am swamped , my blog has taken off and now I write for 2 publications so I have a lot of work and it is difficult to really go into it. Here are a few tips then message me on my facebook page, it is easier to respond for me there and I am on that site more.

    1. Pick something you are passionate about and write with honesty, there ARE other people out there just like you and that is who you want to reach.
    2. Have a Mission Statement. Mine is: To teach the world what I learned in my weight loss journey. It will help keep you on topic
    3. Comment Comment Comment! Comment on other people’s posts so they will look at yours.and answer as many comments as you can. It is one big popularity contest.

    Message me here with any other questions:
    https://www.facebook.com/loseweightbyeating

    GOOD LUCK!

  17. best cooking book

    Hi! This is kind of off topic but I need some advice from an established blog.

    Is it very difficult to set up your own blog?
    I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast. I’m thinking about
    making my own but I’m not sure where to begin. Do you have any ideas or suggestions? Many thanks

  18. Hi Danielle,

    Thank you so much for your comment and for sharing your story! Check out my facebook page, I am on there all the time and am really fast to respond to any questions:

    https://www.facebook.com/loseweightbyeating

    I hope to see you there and hear more about your adventures in the kitchen 🙂 I taught myself how to cook an you can too!

    HAPPY COOKING!

  19. I am so thrilled to have found your blog via Pinterest. I had brain stem surgery back in Feb of this year. It was a traumatic experience and I lost the ability to swallow. I was on a feeding tube for about two months. I feel as though it has really messed up my relationship with food even worse than it was before. I have always been a bigger girl and struggled with my weight since childhood. I was not raised around the best eating habits.. or even good, for that matter. I find your story to be a total inspiration to me. I’m so excited to follow your blog and try your great recipes. I just got married last month and I am in the learning to cook mode. I’m very inspired by you. I can’t wait to start cooking. I also bought the “Pretty Delicious” cookbook based on your recommendation alone. Thanks! P.S. I look forward to your published book coming out, too! My best to you, Audrey. Thank you!

  20. Hi Denise!

    Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy the recipes. I want to tell you I have not had pain since I left your studio! It’s 7:30 am the next day 🙂

    Hugs,
    Audrey

  21. Hi Audrey, You have inspired me as well. Such a charming woman and what a pleasure to meet you today. And now ……what a treat to get into your blog. Exactly what I need. Somehow our paths have crossed. No coincidences here ! Isn’t life interesting ! Looking forward to more shares and visits with you.
    Happy Day 🙂

  22. I just subscribed to your blog…Love your work! You have such a healthy relationship with food: no crazy gimmicks or restrictions, and you still enjoy to eat! I can’t wait to read more!

  23. Hi Jennifer,

    Thank you for sharing your story with me, you are right YOU CAN DO THIS! One woman lost 6 lbs in 4 days and another who lost 7 lbs in 6 days, just cooking off my blog!

    Thank you so much for your kind words, it is for people like you who I write for and messages like this keep me going!! HUGS!

    Have you read this post yet? I think it will help you get back on track:

    http://tonetiki.com/2012/03/12/create-a-diet-that-will-work-for-you-heres-how/

    Send me a message anytime if you have questions, recipe requests or if you just need a weight loss cheerleader. Keep me updated on your progress, I would LOVE it if you were my weight loss superstar!!!

    HAPPY COOKING!

  24. Hi Audrey, I just stumbled upon your blog through a pin on pinterest. You have such an amazing and inspiring site! This is exactly what I needed right now.

    I am a 32 year old mom of three children ages 5,3 and 2. After having my babies, I found myself weighing in around 185 pounds. I felt embarrassed, disappointed, and hopeless – thinking that my “skinny” days were gone forever. The past two months I have been counting calories and exercising. I quickly dropped 20 pounds, but have hit a plateau. I haven’t lost anymore weight and have actually gained a couple pounds. That hopeless feeling was beginning to show itself again…..but now….

    I’ve spent the last hour pouring over every part of your blog and with every minute that past I found myself saying “I CAN DO THIS!” I’m excited to get started and can’t wait to try some of your recipes!

    I thank you for sharing your story and hope you realize just how many hearts you’re touching and lives your changing!

    Jennifer

  25. Hi Mel,

    WOW! What a wonderful comment to start my weekend 🙂 It is people like YOU that I write this all for!

    If you ever have any questions or recipe requests let me know. Take a “before” picture so you can be on my Testimonials Page, maybe you will be my weight loss STAR!

    Check out my “How To” videos at the link below, we are shooting more this weekend…. can you say “Home Made Skinny Pizza”? 😉

    http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrVRzRA0CPMu-Q-zzs7_ddQ/videos

    HAPPY COOKING!!

  26. Mel❤ (@EdwardsSexyMrs)

    Hi Audrey!
    Am I inspired? oh yeah. Not only do i want to lose the weight, but you’ve showed me that it’s about eating healthy. Hmm why didn’t i ever think of that?!

    I love everything about your blog and all the recipes. I think, hey,she’s a real person and she did it, I can too!

    Huge thumbs up on the yummy water recipes! The first thing on my list 😀

    I look forward to learning more and trying out your recipes!

    -Mel

  27. Congratulations on your upcoming bundle of joy! If you ever have any questions or recipe requests let me know. Everything on the site is all natural and besides some of the soft cheeses in some recipes everything is PERFECT for a pregnancy diet. Your baby will be starting off right will all natural foods rather than chemical filled foods.

    HAPPY COOKING! (Pun intended, your bun in the oven and your chicken)

    🙂

  28. Hi Audrey. I LOVE your site! I too have always struggled with my weight. At my heaviest I was 190 (2010) and up until April of this year I was 153. I recently became pregnant so my numbers have gone up some. But all that to say is that the enemy is the processed foods. You hit it square on the nose! I started with all those diet foods and once I started to look more into food ingredients and what they “really” were, the more I started making things from scratch. Anyway, will be following you and hope to learn something from you. Take care!

  29. How is the weight loss journey going? I am making a testimonial page on the blog and would love to brag about you and your success.

    Let me know, and if you need a weight loss cheerleader I am here for you 🙂

  30. Lovee your story and blog! I myself have lost 40, but still have about 50 more to go, and love the approach of just whole foods eating. Did you count calories while doing that?

  31. Inspiring & Encouraging! Would love for you to share your story with our website. We started our website to pay it forward as well, after losing over 200lbs combined as a couple.& having kept it off for over 2 years..

  32. OMG! NO WAY! Thank you so much! I have been exhausted and having a hard time getting each post out lately. I had an injury that left me with only one working hand, so you can imaging cooking and writing are difficult.
    You made my day!
    Audrey

  33. Thanks so much for visiting 🙂 Diet fads are just marketing crap! Glad to hear I am not the only one who feels that way 🙂
    If you ever have a request let me know.
    Happy Cooking!

  34. Awesome! I think many people go about dieting wrong because the media teaches us totally wrong views and theories on how to loose weight and we have to search to teach ourselves correctly.

    (PS love the pin-up look)

  35. Thanks so much for the pins. 🙂 I’ve already seen some of your recipes and posts that will be on my boards very soon. 🙂 Have a great day!

  36. It’s funny, I’m reading YOUR blog as you are commenting on mine 🙂 I am so excited to hear about your success, that is SO GREAT!!!! Please keep me updated on your last 5-10 lbs, I love to hear these stories!!!
    Happy Cooking!

  37. Love your blog! I too am a SAHM & have lost 70-lbs with about 5-10 more to go, all without dieting. IMO, dieting is a vicious cycle. Creating a pattern of making healthy choices & exercise is the answer.

    I love being skinny again! Thanks for sharing your life and recipes. 🙂

  38. Hi Rob,

    Glad to hear from you. What has been your success and how did you accomplish it? Any new goals or recipe requests?

    Happy Cooking!
    Audrey

  39. Thanks everyone, I want to give back to all of you and teach you what I learned about eating and cooking. The fad diets are all marketing ploys, if you just eat real food, cut down your portions slightly and move your body a little more the weight will come off! I know you all can do it, hugs!

  40. I, too, am completely inspired and I am soo excited to follow this blog. I am already a HUGE fan!!! 🙂

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