Tonight is the Biggest Looser Finale and I can’t wait to see who wins. They are all winners because they were brave enough to make a huge sacrifice and leave their families so that they could have a healthier and happier life. Only a small percentage of people are willing take such drastic measures to change their life. So today I am celebrating them as winners!!
On this momentous day I am thrilled to share the results of my Biggest Looser Challenge!
Before I get to the total results I want to briefly share my before and afters. Not the pictures but the actual changes that have happened in my health, my body, and my life.
Here they are:
• I was having daily anxiety attacks.
• I couldn’t squat down with out my joints hurting.
• Lifting my dishes up in to the cabinet was difficult.
• My right hip hurt and it was extremely painful at night with shooting pain down to my toes.
• I all of a sudden I had become addicted to carbs. I craved them like crazy and couldn’t get enough of them. The more I ate them the more I wanted them. The worse I felt.
• I was sleeping a lot.
• One day out of the month I would totally shut down and sleep the entire day.
• I could see that I was getting depressed and it was getting worse.
• I felt like even though I was doing a lot of the right things something was wrong, but I didn’t know what it was.
• I leaked a lot. You all know what I mean!
• My kids would come home from school and I would take a 1 hour nap.
• I didn’t have the energy to play with my kids.
• My motivation was slipping away.
• Had a difficult time breathing doing the simplest tasks.
• My house was almost always a mess, because I didn’t have the energy to keep up with everything.
• I had adrenal fatigue
• My adrenals were under attack
• My bowel movements were not healthy
I was having daily anxiety attacks.
I couldn’t squat down with out my joints hurting.
Lifting my dishes up in to the cabinet was difficult.
My right hip hurt and it was extremely painful at night with shooting pain down to my toes. My hip does still hurt me from time to time but it’s not every day. I have learned that it hurts when I do any type of cardio. Evidently my muscles are short and was advised that I might not be made to run. Kind of disappointing because I would really like to do some of the races. I will keep searching and learning more about this to try and get to where I can run some. Why I want to run I don’t know, but I do.
I had become addicted to car bs. I craved them like crazy and couldn’t get enough of them. The more I ate them the more I wanted them. The worse I felt. I no longer crave them.
I was sleeping a lot.
One day out of the month I would totally shut down and sleep the entire day.
I could see that I was getting depressed and it was getting worse.
I felt like even though I was doing a lot of the right things something was wrong, but I didn’t know what it was. I now know what the right thing for my body is and it feels good! You all know what I mean! – So I haven’t stopped leaking but I leak less! YES! Before the challenge my doctor suggested I go get a simple surgery. A little nip and tuck per say. I didn’t want that. After a recent check up she said it was much better but could use some more work. Which I will keep working on it! YEAH!! (As of 2015 I no longer leak!)
• I leaked a lot.
My kids would come home from school and I would take a 1 hour nap. Ok, so I am not going to say I stopped taking naps. I haven’t. However, I have moved to maybe 3 naps per a week and they are typically 10 mins which is the ideal time to nap. If I had a newborn or tiny ones that would be a different story. So at this point in my life, 10 mins is perfect. I am energized and ready to go.
I didn’t have the energy to play with my kids.
My motivation was slipping away.
Had a difficult time breathing doing the simplest tasks.
My house was almost always a mess, because I didn’t have the energy to keep up with everything. It’s much easier to keep up with the housework. Does it get messy. However, it’s not the struggle it was a few months ago. Not even close! A clean house feels much better than a messy house! I know you all know how that feels.
I had adrenal fatigue
My adrenals were under attack – I am still working on this with my holistic doctor. A week after begging my supplements.
My bowel movements were not healthy
As you can see, I have made lots of great changes in my life. I have learned so much about my self and my body. I am happier, healthier, and my confidence is beginning to soar.
Now that I have shared health benefits before and afters, here are the physical results of the challenge!
There were 14 participants. Out of the 14 I came in 2nd place!! YES!!
Before and After Pictures:
Beginning Weight: 201lbs Beginning BMI 35%
Ending Weight: 187 lbs. Ending BMI 26.97%
Total Weight Loss: 14 lbs Total BMI Loss: 8.03%
These are not huge numbers, but they are healthy numbers and as you can see, they made a big difference in how my body looks! So don’t let the numbers rule you!
What a huge change in my confidence this has made. I am so proud of my physical appearance. I no longer walk around feeling like people are wondering if I am pregnant or not. I don’t have to find clothes that cover up my fat, which of course was impossible. Now I can walk in to a store and fit in to clothes that I like and that make me feel good about myself! Such freedom!!
I use to be one of those to say that your weight doesn’t matter. However, after the changes that have occurred because of my weight loss, I have to say….YOUR WEIGHT MATTERS!! It truly affects how you live your life and your health!
Weight loss is not out of your reach! It’s a matter of taking it one step at a time. Learning as much as you can. Trying new things. Listening to your body. It will tell you if it’s right for you or not. Just don’t give up! It does not come off over night. I still have a long way to go before I am at my ideal weight.
I would like to give a special thanks to all that have helped make this happen!
To Bodies By Design who take a holistic approach to training their clients. My trainer
Nancy Johnson tailored my workouts around my adrenal fatigue and prior injuries. She taught me that cardio is not the solution and is actually a determent to my weight loss. I did this with very little cardio and with out killing my self physically. She also helped me realize I need to eat meat and had me add more of it into my diet and eat healthy carbs. It really opened my eyes to see how each of our bodies need something different. It’s not cookie cutter!
To Dr. George Springer of Lifeworks Wellness who with out him, none of my weight loss would have happened. Why? Because it is known that if you have adrenal issues, you’re not going to loose weight. With his holistic knowledge of the body, he has healed me with supplements. No chemicals or drugs were used and for this I am eternally grateful!! My eyes have been open to an entirely new way of heath care. If I would have went to a traditional doctor they would have not caught it (mine didn’t which is common) or they would have put me on chemical medication that didn’t heal me but mask the problems and I would have more than likely gotten fatter and sicker and eventually on more medication! I truly believe this!
To Eric Wilson of A & E Massage that helped me work through my injuries and heal my body naturally. Fixing things that doctors might want to do surgery on or not really have no answers for. I am constantly tight in my neck, shoulders, head, and back. You released so much stress and pain in one session. I couldn’t have completed this challenge without you! I haven’t felt so loose and pain free in years!
To Dr. Eric Nye that helped me get my body aligned so that it would function properly. You helped with my hip issues as well as keeping my nervous system Sympatico with all that I was doing with my body.
To my family! Your unwavering support is like no other. No matter what wacky changes I brought home, you all were troopers and we’re open to trying new things with out complaining. You all were my constant cheerleaders. Loving me when I could not, or would not love my self, and believing in me when I doubted myself. Your support meant the world to me! Thank you so much for loving me! I am incredibly proud to call you my family.