A little something to think about
I want to start out by saying I think all of us struggle with ourselves in some way, shape or form. Maybe it’s our weight; being too heavy or too thin. Some of us just aren’t happy with certain body parts or features. Maybe you don’t like yourself and maybe it’s because of some of the things I just mentioned. Folks, it’s all a perception. I had my body transformation and you can have yours.
Now, I know some of you are looking at me saying, why does she think she can talk to us about health and fitness? She’s not all that thin. I agree, but I am very healthy and I’ve learned the trick to keepin 80 pounds off for over 11 years. You see, many people lose weight, but they struggle keeping the weight off. Here is where I’m stepping in to help you. It’s not only about the diet and exercise, it’s about your mental state. Until you get that in order, all the diet and exercise will never help you keep the weight off for good.
It starts with when we’re kids and how society creates this delusional story of how people should look and what their life should be like. We grow up learning and eventually believing what has been taught to us our whole lives. I’m here to tell you to believe this, we are all beautiful. We all are made of the same materials, we just all have a different outer appearance. When you look at yourself, or others, you are looking at a cover, a painting. The materials we are composed of are exactly the same, just put together in different ways. You can get over your struggles, you can change yourself and become the person you want to be. You get there by folowing these few, really important, key points; love your self, love others, don’t hold grudges or regrets, be the best you can; physically, mentally and spiritually and everything else will fall into place.
Here’s my story
I have struggled with my weight my whole life. I remember when I was 9, I would try to talk my friends (2 sisters) who were not overweight go on a diet with me. I’d say, whoever can lose the most this week will get $1.00.
Crazy, to really try to lose weight and win the bet, I’d only eat one meal a day. Even though I was riding my bike like crazy, swimming, roller skating, taking dance classes, I never lost an ounce.
About two years later when my oldest sister started going to Weight Watchers and Figures and Fitness that my mom suggested I go with her. I was the youngest person there. It was really embarrassing. To no avail, no success.
Jr. High through College
All through Jr. High and on to High School, I ate less and less and kept getting bigger and bigger. I resorted to diet pills, even shots of B12 (which, some of you may remember was popular back then). I was always very active, but I always felt people were judging me and making fun of me. I joined the track team and swim team in High School, but I dropped out because of my feelings of embarrassment and inadequacy. I was miserable. I felt that anytime I heard someone laugh, they were laughing at me. I missed out on all the typical fun teen stuff; dances, proms and dates.
All through college, I’d eat nothing but salad and thought what is wrong with me? Even as an adult, I really struggled, going from one diet right on to the next. I don’t remember what year it was, but I remember seeing the Oparah Winfrey show when she carried that wagon of fat. She was talking about how she did an all liquid fast. That got me going and I instantly found a hospital near by and signed up. I did the program and in four months, I went from a size 24 to a size 16. I was thrilled.
Even as an 11 year old child, I was wearing a woman’s size 12, so as an adult at size 16, I was ecstatic. Mind you, at 5’1″, a size 16 is still way too unhealthy. Well, because I never truly learned how to eat properly, as you can guess, within 2 years, I put everything back on. I couldn’t understand what the problem was. I ate like a bird and made the healthiest choices (so I thought) and I was going to the gym 5 days a week. I was so depressed, I felt doomed.
My adult years
I think it was around 2000, the latest and greatest weight reducing trend was out; gastric bypass surgery. Well, for a year I researched the heck out of the subject. Then in 2001 my very dearest friend came with me to weekly meetings to learn all about the surgery. We listened to people who had gone through the surgery, and what their experiences were. I knew it was a risk, but I finally decided to have the surgery.
In June of 2002, I had gastric bypass surgery. By September that same year, I had lost 80 pounds. I was finally within a healthy weight range. I kept my weight off by keeping my portions small, learning what the right foods to eat were (like protein, which I always cut out), and being consistent in my workout routine. I was keeping my weight off. But, I saw many others who were not.
Some of the folks that were in the support group went back and had the same surgery two and three times. I thought to myself no way in hell will that be me. I have to make this work, that’s crazy.
I made sure I got up every morning at 4:00 AM and busted my butt in that gym and maintained small portions of food, which included protein, not just veggies. I would even throw food away just so I wouldn’t eat a bigger portion.
In 2008, I switched jobs and went to a totally different company. I was so spoiled with the amazing workout facility I had at my previous company. I was so disappointed in the gym at the new company. It was then that my friend said hey, I got this workout DVD that I think you’ll really like, why don’t you borrow it and see if you can workout at home instead of the gym.
That DVD was Chalene Johnson’s Turbo Jam and it changed my life. I was hooked. That was exactly what I needed. I bought the series and it ROCKED. I was getting so much more of an intense workout than I had at the gym. I found I did the same thing over and over at the gym, so it helped me maintain, thank GOD, but now I wanted more.
With a different routine every 30 to 90 days, I started seeing results again. Not only that, I was learning how to really eat properly, which included 6 small meals a day. What a concept; eat smaller portions multiple times a day. It worked and was easy to make a lifestyle habit. I was so happy, I ended up becoming an Independent Beachbody Coach.
I did the math and thought heck, I know I’m going to buy more DVD’s, why not get the 25% discount. So that enabled me to buy so many more programs. I’ve been addicted since. Not only did I lose 14 1/2 inches doing ChaLean Extreme, I’ve completed rounds of P90X and worked out live twice with Tony Horton.
I’ve also completed a round of Insanity. The list goes on. I’m in the best shape in my life and it can only get better. Not only that, as a coach, I’m earning an income. So I’m getting fit and getting paid. Does it get any better than that?
My friend gave me a great gift, but as I tell all my other friends and Beachbody team, you can have the tools, but if don’t dedicate yourself and implement them, they are just tools.
That is why I’m dedicating this blog to health, wellness, fitness and to everyone’s success and prosperity. I’m dedicating it to all the people who I am currently mentoring and thanking you for your friendship and perseverance. In return, it helps keep me accountable for my own actions.
You can travel a journey alone, but when you have people there who are going in the same direction and have the same dreams, you become part of a stronger force. Here’s to our success.