Last July I downloaded a bunch of photos from my camera and I saw THIS little bit o' hideousness:
I started looking through other photos and NOTHING was appealing. It all was bad, bad, bad. At 2am, I found myself feeling like I was going to explode.
I had tried every diet, program, regimen, support group out there, with the exception of Phen-Phen. I was too scared to do that. However, I wasn't too scared to be a part of research! I participated in a "clinical trial" testing a new diet medication that was supposedly holistic. I hope for their sake that I was part of the control group! On a business trip I tried Xenadrine and nearly had a heart attack in my hotel room. Anyway, if you want to throw a "program" name at me, go ahead..... chances are really good that I tried it.
So, back to 2am.
On the side of a webpage was an ad for Take Shape For Life. What was that? It was something new. New to ME that is. It's been around for eons. I clicked on the ad and read everything I could find on it. This was literally my last chance. There was nothing else.
As I told Justin about this in the morning, I started to cry. I didn't want to be a fat person anymore. I didn't want my daughter to be embarrassed by me. I wanted to be able to keep up with her and not feel exhausted. I didn't want to be out of control anymore. I didn't want to be so disgusted by myself that I didn't look in the mirror when I got out of the shower anymore. I didn't want to be so ashamed that I didn't even want my husband to hug me anymore.
So, I enrolled in Take Shape For Life and BAM! A miracle occurred.
I lost weight. For the first time ever I lost more than 8 pounds and it felt easy. At first it was a little challenging, but let me just say that when you get on your scale and the numbers keep going down, you don't want to quit. I was skeptical that this was going to be a permanent change, but the numbers kept getting smaller! When I saw that I was 25 pounds lighter, I was doing the forbidden dance of joy all over my living room.
As most people know (because I didn't shut up about it), I got sick at the end of September. I had to make a number of changes in my medication and what I was eating. By the end of December I was so eager to get back to Take Shape For Life that I couldn't wait for January to start so I could jump back into the lifestyle.
And from September to January, I gained 4 pounds. That's it. Keep in mind that there were those two holidays that provide an endless supply of baked goods during that time. And I did actually eat some. But I had learned so much beforehand that I had actually changed my eating habits, which is one of the main goals, and I didn't spiral out of control.
On January 1st, I went back on the program and lost the 4 pounds plus another 3. Seven pounds and the month isn't even over yet. It took me EIGHT MONTHS to lose that on Jenny Craig.
I know you're thinking that this is all one big sales pitch, but it's not. I'm actually training to be a TSFL Health Coach because #1) My coach (an awesome, inspiring guy named Justin in California) played an enormous part in my success and he thought I had the ability to do the same for other people #2) I truly believe in this. It works! I'm proof and I want other people to know about it.
You can take it or leave it. That's up to you. But I'm only half way to my goal and if you would like to join me in losing weight and becoming healthier, I'd love the company and I'd love for us all to support each other. I have an incredible group in California who opened their arms to me and they are always willing to welcome new people for encouragement (or if you just want to bug out about something). I love them.
Next week, I'll be doing a Grand Opening of sorts. If you know anyone who may be interested in joining me, or if you are interested, please let me know. Call, email, text, Facebook me. Smoke signal, pigeon carrier, and snail mail are also welcome. :-) You'll see more information next week. Wish me luck!!
(Note: I will be continuing with my pet sitting business, for those of you who wondered! How could I ever leave???)
In the meantime, here are some more photos of my big "Expedition To Health/Departure From FattyBoomALattyVille"
|Me and Allie June 2013. I felt like my face was almost a perfectly round circle!
If you clickity click on the banner below, it will seem like nothing happened, but it did! You can close the window as soon as it opens if you like. T'anks peeps!