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…
Then one day, I saw a video where my friend Roxanne and I were singing. I couldn't believe that I was so fat. I went home and cried. I knew I had to do something about my weight.
In 2002 God blessed me with a beautiful little girl. I named her Aubrey. I was a high risk. After I had my daughter, I went back to the doctor, and she told me I needed to lose weight. I knew she was right. She suggested I try Weight Watchers and if that didn’t help, to return and she’d put me on medication to help me lose weight.
My mom and sister joined me when I first started with Weight Watchers. I weighed in at 285lbs. I lost 105 lbs my first time through the program. I was so happy! I love to shop, and I went from a size 26/28 to a size 12!!
In 2007 I got in a bad relationship, and I gained my weight back. Once again, I tried to lose weight, but it was harder the second time. I advise men and women, once you lose the weight, keep it off!!
In December 2011, my co-workers started a BIGGEST LOSER contest. I joined and lost 25lbs in May of 2012. Then, I started working out with my cousin Iris (founder of Foundations 6:19). I love her workouts. They have helped me so much. I thank her for helping me lose the weight. But she tells me, “I just gave you the tools. YOU did all the hard work.”
In May of 2013, I weighed in, and I have lost total of 70lbs. I lost a lot of inches--I mean a lot! I have lost 15 more lbs since, and I still have more to lose. My goal is to lose 40 more lbs, and I won’t stop until I hit my goal! I can do it…I won't stop; I can't stop!! I have gone from a size 24 to a size 14. Which makes me happy, because I love to shop:) I have a lot of people telling me I have lost so much weight and ask me what am I doing. I tell them I am working out hard and eating healthy!!! I'm so thankful that God has helped me get through this. I have always had low self-esteem. But now, I'm happy to say that I don't have low self-esteem anymore! I love myself. And now I have a wonderful boyfriend that always tells me that I'm beautiful. I thank God for everything He is doing in my life.
Every story we share is about more than just losing weight--it's more about gaining confidence in Christ to make healthier choices that last a life-time!