My story would have to start from the first time I ever felt overweight. I was just a 12-year-old child. One day my Dad said, "Girl, you are going to grow up fat... Just like your Momma." And with that one statement, my view of myself changed. I never felt "good enough" at home, in social groups at school, dance squad, at the swimming pool, at camp, shopping with friends, DATING ....the list could go on and on. Comments like that just scar you, deep. And OH LORD how those scars hurt.
Fast forward to growing up, getting married, having children, gaining more weight, happy pounds and sad pounds. You feel stuck! Like this is it, he was right all along. I was turning into my Mom. Full story on my Mom will be in a blog post, but for this bio, let's just say I was obese. Obese and miserable. Then in May 2017, we had a baby shower for my daughter at my Mom and Dad's house and a picture was taken of me and my Mom. And then it really HIT HOME. I was 49 years old and his words were staring at me in the mirror. I was 222 pounds.
I had been seeing my cousin and her husband post about their weight loss on Facebook and how they were helping people take back their health. I picked up the phone and made the best decision I have ever made for myself. I put myself first and said his prediction spoken over me when I was 12 years old ends NOW. So far, I'm 62 pounds down and now I'm paying it forward.
My journey is not over, but I’m learning about celebrating victories as they happen. In the past 7 months, I have lost 70# of weight and so much more. I’ve gained energy, health, happiness, and hope. I still have my genetic conditions and injuries and I still use a wheelchair to help my mobility, but I’m so glad I quit believing all the “professionals” who told me I’d never lost weight since I couldn’t exercise. I was NOT “destined” to continue living that unhealthy life. And now I love helping others use this program to meet their own goals and dreams.
My wife put these pictures of us together and I just can’t stop staring at them with absolute shock and amazement. I can’t help but think about the path we were on just over a year ago. I was in the early stages of type II diabetes, we would always have to sit at a table at a restaurant because I couldn’t fit in most booths, we would have to buy an extra seat on the plane when we traveled so we had enough room to be comfortable, and the only Big and Tall clothing store I could go to with a decent selection was a 40-minute drive away. It seemed everything we did had to be adjusted due to our sizes.
Now, just thirteen months later all of those problems have diminished. My diabetes has greatly improved, we can easily sit at a nice comfy booth in restaurants, we can fly on a plane without an extra seat or seat belt extenders, and I can buy clothes ANYWHERE (I went from 5XL/6XL to L/XL in shirt sizes). I am so incredibly thankful for this program. It has given us our lives back. It wasn’t always easy and there were ups and downs along the way (on and off the scale), but in the end, every single bit of it was worth it.
We all have a journey…some will be longer than others. Don’t be so consumed with the speed of your journey. All that matters is that you are heading in a better direction than you were before. Trust the system and it can work for you.
After gaining every ounce I lost on "The Biggest Loser" back, I had lost hope. "How was I going to get back to where I once was?" I spent over 4 years in hiding, I felt ashamed, defeated and even depressed. One day, while watching tv with my son, I noticed he was crying. I asked him what was wrong and he looked at me with tear-filled eyes only to say, "You're going to leave me!" I then asked him what he meant and he said, "If you don't fix your belly, you're going to leave me." Immediately I knew that I had to do something. So I reached out to my coaches who presented the plan to me and here we sit, through God's grace, 7 months down and 94 pounds lighter! I am so grateful for the community starting at home with my wife and son but then all around who are supporting and encouraging me along the way! The difference this time is that I am in a different headspace, learning about optimal health which is not just about the food but creating a lifestyle conducive to health. I still have a ways to go but with God's help and your prayers, I KNOW we are going to get there!
I can’t believe just how far and what I have accomplished in the past 12 months.
I have been overweight my whole life and as I continued to get older and practicing bad habits and never focusing on taking care of myself, I accumulated several health issues that required multiple medications and every 6 months my meds would increase over and over again.
When I started this program a year ago I was miserable and constantly tired and suffering in so many areas of life. I couldn’t bend over to tie my shoes and in pain to walk up a flight of stairs and I had started to Isolate from friends and family.
I started this journey thinking I was doing another diet and would fail at. Over these last 12 months, I have learned to love and take care of myself again. I have lost 276 pounds, I am happier and healthier than I have ever been and quality of life is amazing.
After a double mastectomy/total hysterectomy I felt so disfigured-so damaged-inside and out. I felt stripped of my femininity. I felt like a stranger in my own body-I didn’t recognize the face staring back at me in that mirror. I was lost and I had no clue how to get any semblance of my spark back. 30 plus extra pounds had found their way onto my 5’2 frame post surgeries. I was bloated, depressed, exhausted and FRUSTRATED. I went on the “diet” circuit: keto, WW, gyms, trainers, shake only plans, supplements, pills, protein powders, clean eating-All in the hopes of regaining a little of the old me back. I’d lose a little weight then gain it right back. Progress was short-lived! Nothing was addressing my lack of energy, increasing cholesterol, insomnia, anxiety or how I THOUGHT about ME. I gave up on myself many times and thought I had to fake the smiles and accept this “new” me. My family needed me. That was hard. That took energy I just didn’t have. I canceled plans, lived in pajamas and busied myself with Netflix binges. Hiding from life was my strategy. Bad strategy. Hiding fixed nothing.
I love that this program helped me to THINK differently and TALK differently to myself. It was nice to lose 35 lbs quicker than I expected, BUT the best part has been the transformation INSIDE. I now cry tears of joy, not despair, in discovering that my confidence has been found in the PROCESS of getting my health on track. Knowing that I found the strength, the courage even, to set a goal, work for it and KICK ITS BUTT helped me find my spark again. Joining a community of amazing people, living life OUTSIDE of the comfort zone is awesome!
This girl on the right takes chances, makes things happen, sees herself as the leader of her life-no more victimhood. She’s rested, happy more than not, and grateful every day to be LIVING on her terms again. My ONE regret: waiting too long to try this answer to my prayers.
I’ve been reflecting on things today.
Last year at this time I was tired, stressed, scared,
worried, my anxiety was through the roof! There was no end in sight to the most difficult situation I have ever been through in my life and so much at stake! I wasn’t sleeping well, I wasn’t eating well (if at all). I had no idea what my life was going to look like in a year and realized I had no control of anything ... other than of myself. I didn’t know that the posts I saw from my buddy Ryan would change my world forever! I’m 2 months away from being 1yr into my journey and I feel amazing! This program helped me so much during this last year. I’m so grateful for everything I have learned and the growth that has occurred. I’m blessed to be able to have my sons full time, to have amazing family and friends around me. My mindset is night and day different than last year! The community is amazing, the mentoring is bar none! I’m so glad I made the choice to take my health and life back!