Biggest Looser Challenge 2013

2013 is here! It is with great trepidation and some excitement that I am going to be sharing a part of my life with you.

When I hit my 30s, I slowly put on weight. Sound familiar? After having the kids, I put on more weight. At that point, I felt miserable. Not only did I feel unattractive, I felt unhealthy too. I know many of you can relate to this.

I’m going to reveal some embarrassing details, but I want to be 100% open and authentic, because I think, if you are reading this blog, you will need to hear all the gory details. Here goes. By 2011, it became difficult for me to even tie my shoes. My belly sat up underneath my breasts and it was extremely uncomfortable to breathe. I found myself huffing and puffing over simple tasks. Even going to the bathroom started to become a challenge. I was finding it difficult to squeeze into a bathroom stall, have room to pull my pants down, even reach around to wipe myself. It was awful. You all get what I am saying and many of you experience this. It’s not a great way to live!

The more I struggled, the more I panicked. I had become obese. 200 + lbs — and if I didn’t do something I was going to be the person who took up two plane seats. Nobody wants to be that person. Even the person who takes up two seats doesn’t want to be that person. Looking in the mirror was like looking at my mother, and she died 5 years ago at the age of only 67 with type 2 diabetes. In fact, two out of four of my siblings have type 2 diabetes and so does my husband. I have seen two friends go through dialysis and one of them died of diabetes a year ago. I knew if I didn’t take charge of my health and weight I would be added to that list. I was well aware of the life that awaited me if things did not change.

I didn’t want that outcome for myself or my children. I wanted them to live happy healthy lives, but they wouldn’t know how unless I taught them. And children tend to do as you do, not as you say. My example was what would teach them.

I knew I had to make some changes. In 2012 I began trying different ways of eating. Not diets. I don’t believe in diets. I have NEVER met a person who succeeded by going on a diet. Yes they may have lost weight, but they always put their weight back on and then some. So my goal has always been to figure out how to live a healthy lifestyle. One that I can sustain and enjoy.

I have found that it’s easier said than done. There are so many opinions out there about how to eat and what kind of exercise is the best. No quick fixes, unfortunately.

So over the past year I have been exploring options and learning what works. I am blessed enough to be surrounded by many health coaches. I have connected with some on Facebook and follow them. I encourage you to do the same. After all, in many respects, we are who we surround ourselves with. Some experts teach about eating only raw foods, others believe a vegan lifestyle is the best, but none of them teach their clients to take any type of medication to lose weight. Instead it’s about your mindset, your emotional issues with food, and learning what healthy food is. Surprisingly, it’s nothing like we were taught growing up!

A year later, and with many lessons under my belt, I felt it was time to put all of my knowledge together and actually meet my goals, with the help of the support system I had put in place.

Back in November I signed up for a Biggest Loser Challenge at my gym, Bodies By Designs, and decided, “This is it!” It’s an 8 week program and I’m starting next week! I did not sign up because of the New Year. I signed up because I knew it’s what I needed to do next.

Me and my trainer Nancy

Here is what I am going to do while blogging about my journey.

1. I will share my before pictures, which scares me to death! I REALLY don’t want to share them, but I have to. I know that the story of my journey can help many of you out there.
2. I will share my recipes, food plans, exercises, supplements, etc. You will know what works, what doesn’t, and why.

My purpose for sharing this journey with you is twofold. One: it’s a great way to hold myself accountable, and two: I hope that it inspires you to make changes in your life so you can be the best you!

Look for my next blog post that will include my before photo, starting weight, and measurements.  EEEK!!

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