It was three years ago and that dreaded time of year when we had to do our biometric testing for our health benefits at work.  I always hated this day.  You get herded through a line with your co-workers, stepping on  the scale, hoping no one else can see the number that registers.  They poke your finger and write down a bunch of numbers you don’t understand.  Then, in a less than hushed voice, the technician tells me that my levels indicate I’m at risk of my heart just throwing in the towel.  What?!  How the hell is that possible.?!?!  I know I’m overweight, but I’m only in my mid-thirties.  How can I possibly be in this situation?

Needless to say, this was the moment I knew something had to change – and quick.  I’d spent most of my life trying to hide my body in baggy clothes, avoid the mirror and shy away from life in general because I really hated the way I looked.  My weight and self-consciousness (and honestly a bit of self-loathing) had an impact on every aspect of my life.  It was hard for me to be happy in my own skin which hindered my confidence in making friends,  I tried to be as invisible as possible so as not to draw attention to myself because I was afraid of being judged.  This is a horrible way to live your life and I was pretty much depressed and isolated.  As so many people do, I ate my feelings, just making things worse.  And now, here I was, faced with the fact that my heart was on the verge of calling it quits.  That’s a pretty big motivator to make a change.  So that’s what I did.  Damned if I was going to die before I had a chance to live!

I set out to lose weight and get my life back.  I tried all kinds of crazy things to try to lose weight – from the latest fad diet pill to fasting.  I spent all kinds of money on the next magic pill that promised to shed pounds of fat without diet or exercise.  Well, sadly, none of this worked.  Sure, I may have lost a couple pounds, but it didn’t last and I still wasn’t making any real change.  I needed to look for something different.  I needed to own the fact that this weight wasn’t going to fall of, that I was really going to have to roll up my sleeves and make it happen.  I made one last ditch effort at a seemingly too good to be true program that promised to help me lose weight or they’d give me my money back.  I thought, why not, what have I got to lose.

Well, it turns out that there was A LOT of hard work involved in losing the weight.  But I did it.  And I learned what it was that i needed to do to actually be successful in losing my weight (and keeping it off).  It wasn’t a magic pill or spending all my time in the gym.  It was a simple equation:

Feed my body with the foods it needs + get active = lose weight

Turns out it was actually a lot of fun too!  I stuck to their plan and ended up losing fifty pounds in thirteen weeks!

It is amazing how much losing that weight changed my life.  I still had some more weight to lose to reach my healthy weight, but I was now armed with the knowledge I needed to make a lifestyle change.  No quick fix that required no effort on my part.  I learned about my relationship with food, how to eat what I need not what I crave and how to be active while having fun doing it!  I am a happier person in every aspect of my life.  Losing the weight has made me a stronger, more confident woman, a better wife, friend, employee, and human being.

Seeing what a dramatic impact this had on my life, I decided I wanted others to have the chance to make a similar change and claim the happy life they deserve.  I continue to eat healthy and workout regularly.  I have become a certified Health Coach and Weight Management Specialist and want to help others start their journey.

This is a lifestyle change.  It takes hard work and dedication, but it can be FUN and is very much worth it.  And yes, I do still enjoy the occasional slice of pizza and pint of beer.  It’s all about balance.  All or nothing changes lead us to failure.  If we make a series of small, meaningful changes, we can reach our goals.

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