About Me

Tiki from Healthy Living Tiki

Hello, my name is Tiki and I am the creator of Healthy Living with Tiki. I started blogging in January 2011 with Low Carb Tiki to document my low carb weight loss journey. At that time, I want to lose a few pounds and get back into shape using the original Atkins diet.

Little did I know that the journey would continue all of these years later. I was in a car accident that, to this day, still affects my neck and back. After the accident, I was given steroids and that started my weight gain…changing my journey from just a few pounds to needing a lifestyle change.

Tiki from Healthy Living Tiki

In November 2011, I was diagnosed with renal failure. My whole world turned upside down and I needed to be very careful with what I ate and drank. Since my kidney failure was “acute”, I was lucky (blessed) enough to be in a place to reverse the effects and return my kidneys to a normal function…so I was told.

At the beginning of 2012, I started running again. This time it wasn’t for stress relief; it was to save my life. A few days after my birthday in 2012, I was heading to meet a friend for a run and was involved in a near-fatal car accident. Of course, I took some time off and regrouped. A few months later, I moved across the country to start over. Unfortunately, both accidents impacted me to the point that I stopped driving for years. I didn’t start driving again, because of the fear, until 2018.

Over the years, my weight ballooned. It seemed like I would start to lose weight and for one reason or another, I would need to go back on prednisone, which would cause me to gain all of the weight that I lost back.

After years of going through the cycle and being diagnosed with Lupus in 2013, I decided to find natural remedies that would allow me to remove taking medication from my daily regimen. As a result, I rebranded Low Carb Tiki to Healthy Living with Tiki. I think it is a better representation of me and my journey.

During my journey, I’ve researched and experimented to find the things that work for me. Today, my kidney function is finally back to normal and I’m not on any medication. In 2018, I was finally able to lose the weight that taking prednisone caused me to gain.

I buckled down and focused on my weight in August 2018. I started 2018 at 251lbs. After having my tonsils removed in January 2018, I went down to 239. It took a few months, but when I made up my mind that I was done being fat as hell, it was on and popping.

My goal weight is 175lbs and as I type this message, I currently weigh 179lbs. I’m almost there, but once I get there, I still have more work to do. I still have to tone and tighten the loose skin that I have after my weight loss.

However, for me, healthy living is a lifestyle that will continue long after the weight comes off. Unfortunately, we have realized that I am allergic to gluten and I have to be careful with what I eat.

I won’t lie, I miss donuts! However, I know now if I eat one, I will be sick for the next 4-5 days.

So, if you want to watch how I navigate life, love, and diet, please subscribe to my blog. There is so much more that I will share with you that won’t fit on this “About Me” page.

If hair and beauty is your thing, be sure to stop by my other blog Just Tiki!

Thanks for reading!