I started this journey on November 6, 2017, weighing 265lbs, it has not been an easy road to travel, there have been many roadblocks but I have persevered and taken it one day at a time. Taking control of my health was much harder than losing weight.
Being sent to the ER by my doctor with a very bad case of gout is what pushed me over the edge and made me take charge of my health. have learned that I had a very bad relationship with food. I ate when I was tired, I ate when I was depressed, I ate when I was happy, I ate when things were out of control in my life, I JUST ATE!!! I am a recovering food addict!
I strongly believe that the first step to losing weight is to take an inventory of your health. Be honest with yourself. Find out your why and your end goal to this difficult journey.
You don’t lose weight to get healthy, you get healthy to lose weight.
I had to often remind myself that it took 52 years to get so horribly unhealthy and fat therefore I couldn’t expect to get healthy and lose overnight. I still deal with underlying health issues that make it harder to maintain my weight. But I am in this for the long haul and the energy and new lease in life is worth it all!
When my daughter, Melissa, sent me this picture as a reminder of where my journey started my first reaction was to cry. The emotions and pain I felt during that time are still very raw. I struggled with brain fog and depression. My body was in so much pain, I didn’t see relief from it. I struggled to imagine how I would cope with day-to-day activities when I was in my 60s when in my early 50s I could barely cope. Simple tasks tired me out and caused the inflammation in my body to flare up and not allow me to continue.
I make a daily commitment to myself to stay on track. One of the ways to stay on track is to be accountable to you. It was a tough decision to go public with my transition to good health, it was actually DOWNRIGHT EMBARRASSING to talk about how sick I was. So, I decided to open up and put my journey out there for public consumption (pun intended) to help myself and others get their health back.
I don’t have a magic pill or potion but I do have very simple and easy suggestions for you to implement into your life to get you started on the road to good health and as a bonus lose weight.