It all started when I was just a little girl…..
OK OK…really though…I have struggled with my weight my entire life. I have had two ‘aha’ moments. The first one was when I was 21 years old (I am now 31). I was 506 lbs with high blood pressure and sleep apnea. I tried so many diets but as we know diets are not what works, it is about lifestyle changes. I started to think nothing would ever work for me so I looked into gastric bypass surgery. I qualified and decided to go for it. Guess what…it worked, I lost 250 lbs. Unfortunately I got “lazy” and stopped watching what I was eating and stopped working out. I stopped using the gastric bypass as a tool, which is really what it is.
Fast forward 10 years and here I am starting weight back up to 471 lbs. May of 2012, something just clicked and I said it’s time. I am tired of being out of breath, tired and having to sleep with a mask on my face for the sleep apnea that came back, tired of feeling like I was having a heart attack when my arm hurt, when my heart skipped beats, and when my chest hurt. The biggest thing was that I was afraid to take my daughter to the park to play without having my husband with us because if she ran off I could not catch her. This truly is what really pushed me to change. I want to watch my daughter grow up. I want to set a good example for her, and I want to make my baby proud.
I started counting calories and tracking it in myfitnesspal. I allowed myself to have sweets or pizza as long as I tracked it and stayed within my allotted calories for the day; this really helped me not to feel deprived. Eventually I stopped wanting the junk because I was feeling better, getting healthier, and losing weight. I found sites with healthy and tasty recipies and found a few dishes that are now our favorites! Now that I had the eating down, I decided it was time to add in exercise. I started adding in cardio, starting with 5 min on the elliptical. The next day I added 2 more min, and did that up until I hit 30 min. I started up a Facebook page to keep myself motivated and to motivate others. It really really took off! I got under 400 lbs in October and have not lost much more since then but maintained. The holidays hit me…haha. I saw a couple of people announce themselves as being Sweat Pink Ambassadors and that sparked my interest, so I checked it out and well here I am!!! So excited and honored.
I have upped my game, added weights (dumbbells) to my weekly work out routines and I have resumed eating healthy foods and tracking them. I want to lose another 70 lbs this year and will lose another 70 pounds after that. So that is my ‘aha’ moment in a nutshell.
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