I started the journey to my new lifestyle in January of 2013 when I was lucky enough to have Iris’ daughter in my Pre-K class at Goddard. After randomly asking Iris some advice on a healthy snack option, she came to me and asked if she could train me 3 times a week for a month before they went back to Texas. I had mixed feelings. I was excited, scared, motivated, nervous and pretty skeptical. I had been working with a trainer already for about 2 months and there was no change. I was actually gaining weight and when you weigh 202.2 lbs gaining weight is NOT what you want to see. We immediately started working out and every 3-4 days I was losing about 5 pounds at a time. In a week and a half I had dropped 12 lbs and I was beyond excited. ank You and praise You, O God...
I was born weighing 10 lbs. 10 oz, and I feel like my entire life I struggled with my weight. I was always overweight until I was about 16 when I became medically “obese.” I played softball and volleyball and threw shot put in track. After not making the softball team I stopped doing all sports. I continued with shot put because we didn’t have to run, we just had to be strong. I tried doing different diets in high school but they were always really short term because I never saw any weight loss. I just ignored my weight and continued living an unhealthy lifestyle. I actually think I was in denial at how much I weighed because I never stepped on a scale except at rare visits to the doctor. I never had any real medical concerns so I never thought it was that big of a deal.
I have come to realize there is never going to be a finish line. This is not a diet, it is a lifestyle change. I will never look in the mirror and say my journey is done because it will never be done. I will work towards goals every single day. Some days are tougher than others, sometimes I indulge in desserts and sometimes I skip a day to work out. I do my best to choose healthy foods and to give it my all when I do work out, but this is how I am living my life.
This year I am signed up for (2) 10Ks, (2) 5Ks, my first triathlon and my first ½ marathon...
BUT I am not a runner. Your body can do things you would never believe.
AND I am happy.
I love the inspiration Iris has instilled in me. She has changed my life and I am forever grateful to her. She has brought God back into my life and turning to Him has helped me tremendously. I am not skeptical anymore. You get back exactly what you put in. KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON…
BEGINNING MY JOURNEY
I had been saying for months that I was going to start eating healthy and exercising because my oldest daughter is severely over weight and I needed to do something before it got out of hand. Well, needless to say I didn't do it, and a lot of time passed me by.
Well in August of this year, my daughter started having lots more medical problems and was diagnosed as pre-diabetic/insulin resistant and fatty liver. Then the very next day my husband was hospitalized with diabetes as well. His blood sugar level was at 783, which was very dangerous and at that point was when I realized I was killing my family.
It broke my heart because I'm mom...I'm supposed to ensure my family is healthy and taken care of. AndI wasn't doing my job--so at that moment I made a change from within. I prayed and asked God to show me how to do it and to give me strength to do it. So on August 7th, I made a commitment to change my unhealthy way of life!
For me being fit should be fun, and if you can do it while doing something you like that is even better.
Here is my journey…
The biggest lie I told myself was “I can’t”, when what I really meant was “I won’t.”
I had heard about Foundations 6:19, however, I didn’t want to commit to something only to let myself down yet again. This fear of failure enabled me to continue to lie to myself.
I have always struggled with my weight since I was little and throughout school. Kids made fun of me in school and called me all kinds of names. They were so mean to me. I would go home and cry often. I tried everything to lose weight. I would lose it, but then gain it back. In high school I lost weight for my senior pictures but then gained it all back. I gave up and I didn't care…
I began my journey to healthy eating and working out in February 2012. I had never been a healthy eater or one to workout. I struggled with my weight my whole life and tried every yo-yo diet imaginable. Until now, I had never been successful at losing weight and keeping it off.
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