I have shared a few of my friends weight loss stories so I thought it was about time that I shared my own. So here it goes…… I knew I had gained weight but I just did Not know how much because I could still fit my size 14. Now that I think about it my clothes must have stretched with the weight gain…smh.. The picture to the left is my before picture. I know I look pregnant but I wasnt I have never been pregnant. But at that weight I was often asked when is the baby due? It was so embarrassing. This was a fair question because the hubby and I had been married for 7 years at that point. So I was not mad at the question
I was mad at the fact that I had to say “No I am pregnant I have just gained weight since the last time you seen me.” A few years before this picture was taken I visited my doctor for a regular check up and she said “ If you do not lose weight now by age 40 you will be a diabetic” This scared me but not enough because I gained more weight. It did help me to start my mental weight loss journey I say mental because I did not start the physical journey until 2008. (I am not sure why I waited so long God had mercy on me.) My aha moment happened When I went the mall to get a few items at lane Bryant. I had been shopping there for years to purchase my normal size 14. I saw these cute jeans size 14 and I went into the dressing room to try them on … I could not fit them.. oh my…… I said to my self I have gained weight.. not the weight I already h
ad on me but more……so I thought to myself ok let’s do a 16 it’s just one size up from my normal size. Well I could not fit the 16 either…I was devastated.. Ok I looked myself in the mirror and said let’s try a size 18 that is only two sizes from my normal size (I kept trying to convict myself that a 14,16,18 was ok for me)…….I could not fit the 18. I broke down crying in the dressing room….. as I sit here now I am thankful for that moment because if I could have fit the 18 I would have rolled with it… but I couldn’t thank God.. I then called the hubby and he said “Now you know what are you going to do about it?” that was my aha moment I said I am going to lose this weight no matter how long it takes. The first thing I did when I got home that evening was get on the scale I was…205 pounds standing at only 5’4 OH MY GOD. That was the last time I got on the scale I made up in my mind that I would not let that number on the scale control me and that I would begin to make life changing decisions and I did… I started
walking a mile a day for a few months and it was hard everything hurt my legs my hips everything I was tired after every walk and I wanted to give up but I didn’t. After a few months had passed I could walk a mile and felt ok afterwards I had no pain and lots of energy. After building up my walking miles I then added running and Oh boy now that was really a challenge. I would run, walk,stop and repeat until one day I was able to run a full mile without stopping. I was slow but that was ok because I was freaking running my friend. I went from one mile to two miles to three miles to four miles 3 days a week. I was running alone and I thought if I had accountable partners then I know I will stick with it; so I found a running group in my area
and joined. After I joined the group I was motivated to sign up for my first 5k, as well as the Atlanta marathon relay I was on a team of 4 woman and all four of us ran 26.6 miles together I ran the third leg which was 5 miles. I felt so good after that run because not only was I losing weight and regaining confidence I was a runner…. Me.. Yep… Now I was running three days a week but my eating was not really under control so I turned to the internet as my resource to understand what to eat and I found a calorie counting app called myfitnesspal. I downloaded this app on my phone and set myself up to eat only 1200-1500 calories a day. That same year I became a vegetarian I had always wanted to stop eating meat no peta or religious reasons I just did not want to eat meat anymore.. Let me say this becoming a vegetarian does not mean weight loss.
But what becoming a vegetarian did for me was help me to learn to clean eat. I begin to eat healthy vegetarian meals three times a day along with three snacks a day. I started drinking 8 bottles of water along with running 3 miles 3 days a week and I lost weight. I have four cheat days a month every other friday the hubby and I go out to dinner and I eat what I want and the other two days are dedicated to my sweet tooth. I now eat to live and not live to eat and I never deprive myself of the foods that I love I have just learned to eat everything in moderation. I am not where I wanna be in this weight loss journey but I am thankful to God that I am not where I was I still have a long way to go. If I can do this anybody can…..
Your body is the baggage you must carry through life. The more excess the baggage, the shorter the trip……. Arnold H. Glasgow