Wow. Its hard to believe it has been one year today since I made my very first blog post about my weight loss and health journey. What a scary time it was for me last year when I ended up in the Emergency Room of a local hospital with stroke like symptoms. It turned out I was not have a stroke – I WAS FAT… well obese actually. If you missed that story you can read it here in detail.
Today I am here to tell you that one year later my life is very different from the one that overweight sick gal last year was living.
Since my first weigh-in last Spring on Day 1 of my journey I am SUPER excited to report I have now lost a total of 22.6 pounds and 24.75 inches!!!!!
But even more than that I got healthy! When I started this journey I was a fat girl in the Emergency Room whose weight was directly impacting her health. I tried EVERY other product and plan out there that you can name – I even hired a personal trainer and worked every day for a month and got my family doctor involved with NO help in getting my weight down – not even by a pound.
I was exhausted every day by noon and napping in our reclining chair. Every night I would wake up multiple times with heartburn, even if I only drank a glass of water and would have to pop Tums like they were candy taking 4, 5 or even 6 at a time. I had migraine style headaches EVERY day that I would take 4 Extra Strength Tylenol for several times a day with no relief. I hated myself and I hated life because I was too tired to live it.
Now – I am losing weight, I am shrinking in inches. But more importantly I no longer hate that girl in the mirror anymore. I smile when I see her. I have more energy that I can even put into words. I no longer need naps and my last headache was in May 2013 – not ONE single headache since then – not even a tiny one!
As they say a “picture is worth 1,000 words” so take a GOOD look at my pictures from last year and from now!!!! Notice the HUGE protruding belly in the photos from the day I went to the ER last year (yellow shirt) and what I look like today! Look at the changes in my face and NO MORE BIG BELLY SICKING OUT!!! The proof right here people… the photos do not lie!
Here is a REAL shocker… the jeans I am holding up are the ones from the photo above with the yellow shirt!! WHOA! Sometimes my photos even surprise me when I take the time to update my before/after shots (can you tell from my facial expressions HAHA)
Now that you have seen my progress I feel I need to follow up with a little heart to heart with you…..
It is my job to work with you and help you find the RIGHT combination of product for your needs. But even if we need to tweak things along the way I am living proof that these products DO work. If there are products in our line that are not right for you then you can guarantee I will tell you straight up what may not be best for you. I AM A REAL PERSON, and real people get stuck and need help. PERIOD – and any GOOD trainer worth working with will coach you even if what your feeling isn’t all ‘happy happy joy joy’ OUR JOB IS TO SUPPORT YOU NO MATTER WHAT! I know some people out there “don’t like hearing negative” – I have run into a few of these types of thinkers in my own journey – but to me “negative” is how I know what you need help with – and its not negative it IS however a cry for help in my opinion. SO SAY IT! If you don’t tell me straight up then how can I be effective as a coach??? (and anyone out there coaching teams or customer should take on this philosophy if they truly wish to make a difference in people’s lives and jot just their own paychecks).
I am here to change people’s lives the way I have changed my own. And I have also found you don’t have to be obese like I was to feel this way. You may only be struggling with 10 or 15 pounds and not getting anywhere no matter how hard you try. So no matter if you need to lose 5 pounds or 500 pounds, most people who come to me looking to lose weight are really inside just like I was – they actually are really looking to love themselves again. THIS IS WHAT I DO FOR A LIVING! That to me is more important than what I earn in this company.
Is the money great for may family YES but its not about the money for me – its about giving people back what they want most – to look in the mirror and love themselves and smile again.