I’ve updated my photos and my testimony. Please feel free to use it. I’ve gotten a lot more interest since posting it last week.
I have always been overweight. Ever since I learned to read and began playing less and reading more. I kept the same eating habits but moved less so the pounds started packing on.
I was overweight in high school when “Thunder Thighs” was said loud enough for me to hear it, but not loud enough for the teacher to hear. I can still recall that moment and the feelings it brought. I could tell you exactly who it was that muttered those words, not to me but AT me.
In high school, I tried diet pills. I tried starving myself.
During my adult years, I’ve tried diet pills. I’ve done the diet shakes. I’ve tried binging and purging. The binging worked great. The purging, not so much.
I lost weight with some methods but would immediately re-gain as soon as I stopped using that method. And not just the weight I had lost either. I always gained a little extra.
For several years I have watched my niece struggle with her weight. Then she realized that for her to be healthy she had to make changes. And she did! I stood back and watched as she lost over 100 pounds, and kept it off. Yet in my negative self talk, I said things like
It’s so easy to lose weight when you’re young. (HELLO! Not true or I would have done it when I was young.) Or I’d quote the old adage
“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. I was my own worst enemy as she tried to help me!
Last year when I hit my 50th birthday, I took a good, long look at myself. I was on medications for high cholesterol, anxiety, depression, anemia and asthma. At every doctor’s appointment I got the same lecture about losing weight. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
And I couldn’t run and jump with my grandchildren. I had no energy. I had no endurance. I literally could see that my grandchildren may end up living without their Grandma. And I was NOT ok with that. I needed to get serious about losing weight, and hope that the other things would take care of themselves once my weight was under control.
So I asked for help. The first step is always the hardest. And boy was that step hard. I had to confess that I couldn’t do this on my own. Pride can be an ugly thing. It’s wasn’t easy to swallow but once I did, I began a new journey in my life.
In mid November of 2016 I took the plunge and began with SF. I laid off of potatoes, rice, cereal, sweets. Carb detox was not easy. I had lived off of nothing but carbs. And I began walking. Just a little every day, and I had to remember to bring my inhaler with me. If I forgot it, the walk had to be cut short.
Between mid November and Jan 1, I lost 16 pounds! I know, that’s basically 6 weeks so that’s not a great weight loss. But during that time, my family took a 10 day vacation and we ate out at least once a day during 9 of those days. The other day was Thanksgiving at a family member’s home. Then there was the month long sweet fest known as Christmas. So, I feel like 16 pounds a huge accomplishment.
I’ve added SBM and HB8 to my routine since then. I’m much more careful about what I eat. And I’m up to nearly 30 pounds lost!
I can now walk for much longer times without the desperate need for my inhaler. I still use it, just not as much. My doctor said he may take me off of my high cholesterol medication!! My anti depressant medication dosage has been lowered. And I haven’t even needed my anti-anxiety medication. I still have my prescription, but haven’t taken a single pill this year.
Anyone who knows me knows that I have never been self confident. I’ve always tried to blend in so no one would notice me. Since I’ve lost this weight, that has changed. I’ve began standing taller. I’ve began taking better care of myself. I’ve taken more interest in investing in myself. Because I finally realize that I am valuable.
This time I’m in this as a lifestyle not as a diet. This time I’ve changed my eating habits and added more movement. This time I plan to succeed. The next 20-30 pounds might be harder to lose, but I’m ok with that. I didn’t gain all this weight overnight so I know I won’t lose it overnight either. This time I know that cheating and sneaking doesn’t hurt anyone but me. And I’m done cheating myself.
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