There you have it…. eight months of hard work paying off! I’m down 65 pounds since April 2011. It took me a LONG time to come to terms with my before picture, but I have. I’m ready to share with the world. I still have 35 pounds to go, but I’m not heading back to the neglected state of health on the left, thankyouverymuch.
I got a facebook message from my jr. high choir director from church (talk about a blast from the past!) who told me that she is a health coach and asked me to spread the word for her. I said no. I only spread the word for programs/products/people that I’ve tried and had great success with. She asked if I wanted to try her program. Just look at that BEFORE picture! Does it look like I want to lose weight? (Well, I do look happy, but that’s beside the point.) Yes! I’ll try another weight loss program…. why not? I’ve tried ALL the other ones.
My journey began with aching knees, a sore back and general lethargy due to carrying around 100 pounds that I didn’t need. (I can’t even lift 100 lbs!) I began eating five of the meals from the company each day and one meal I prepared (or ate out.) This is the easiest plan I’ve ever seen. And the meals are a variety of types of food, all nutritionally equal, so I could eat five of their brownies a day if I wanted to. Some days I wanted to. But I don’t think I ever ate five brownies in one day. But I was allowed to and that made me happy.
As with any self discipline issue, it was HARD! And I didn’t want to follow the program when everyone around me was eating movie popcorn. I WANTED pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving. But I realized that eating what I wanted got me into the horrific shape I was in. (That shape would be a round ball.) I changed the input to change the outlook.
I’m still on this journey of feeling empowered with the knowledge I’ve gained. I can go to a potluck and not freak out and fall off the wagon. I don’t feel deprived, I feel empowered. It’s a great feeling. So great that I decided to be a health coach myself and guide others to optimal health and a feeling of empowerment! Now if I had only taught jr. high choir, I could send them all a message on facebook! Paying it forward!