Goodbye Fat Forever!
We see people everyday struggling with health issues and obesity. I want to share an experience that demonstrates how I feel whenever I see people who may have “tried everything” and lost hope. I want to share because, for over thirty five years, I was that person who felt hopeless; the person who had tried everything. But not anymore. I found hope, then success.
Across from me, at the next table, in a local restaurant I saw a woman who looked to be in her thirties, eating dinner with her children. I had watched the woman walk in, using a cane to steady herself as she walked on legs swollen at the ankles to nearly the size of her large thighs. She looked like she was in so much pain, and my heart ached. As the food for her young family arrived, I noticed she had ordered a salad. The children had ordered common items for children of their ages, but her salad- her “healthy choice” from the menu- caught my eye and I nearly cried.
As I said, I had suffered for over thirty-five years as a person trying very hard to get out of a morbidly obese body. Fortunately for me I did not have the health issues this lady appeared to have; in fact my doctor once commented that I was the healthiest fat person he knew. But although my health was good, as I aged I saw my blood pressure rise slightly, and with a family history of diabetes I was VERY concerned. Nonetheless, no matter what I tried, I couldn’t lose the weight. Family members commented that while they understood the reason behind their own obesity and ill-health, they were mystified at why I was so overweight when I ate so healthy. I too, was mystified, discouraged, and frustrated. I spent many nights crying on my pillow.
Then, my daughter asked me to try this program. I was reluctant to try because nothing else had worked, even though I had given other programs 100% effort. There were many other reasons for my reluctance, but because I saw it was important to her, I promised that I would do it for one month. That was in January of 2013. I have lost and kept off 85 lbs. on a program that actually resulted in success with my 100% effort.
Because I had fi nally found a successful program, I wanted to shout-out from the mountain tops about my incredible elation. I wanted to share that success with others, so I decided to become a health coach (a free service) for the program. To that lady in the restaurant, and to every person who silently cries at night with frustration or loss of hope, I want to share my story so you know, THERE IS HOPE!