I was always chubby or a little overweight. When I was a little kid someone on the playground made fun of my thighs and from that day forward I always had a complex about having big thighs. Looking back at pictures of my childhood, I was NOT fat and there was nothing wrong with my thighs!
It wasn’t until my early 20′s though that I really gained my weight.
It was a combination of factors that attributed to my weight gain: unhealthy food choices, sugar addiction, medications, laziness, and depression. I had high blood pressure. I was always sick with something (sinus infections, colds, bronchitis, pneumonia, etc). My feet hurt. My hips ached. I always had back pain. I was shopping in the Plus sizes and finding it hard to find clothes big enough to fit. I was buying 24W pants and a 42FF bra.
In 2006, I went on a fantastic vacation to Chicago with my friend Rachel. Chicago is a walking city and we did a LOT of walking! I was in so much pain but it was a wonderful trip.
I didn’t let being 250 pounds keep me from living my life. I walked all over Chicago and saw many amazing sights!
Then my doctor said I was pre-diabetic. And I had REALLY high blood pressure. She wanted to put me on blood pressure medications. That was the slap in the face I needed.
Around my 25th birthday I had a revelation during a Native American Sweat Lodge and decided to stop taking all of my medications and get healthy. It was a journey that took me two years but I did it. I lost 110 pounds. It’s been about 5 years since that journey started and I know it will be a lifelong journey (and struggle) to keep in shape.
I was in my best friend’s wedding at about 230 pounds.
I started to lose weight. I was surprised at how quickly it was coming off.
One of the things I learned in my journey was that life didn’t have to be lived from the couch. I love swimming. I love hiking and walking.
I find that I enjoy exercising and making good food choices.
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NOTE: I am not a nutritionist, dietitian or doctor. My weight loss was done on my own and I am in no ways an expert. Please talk to your doctor before starting any weight loss or exercise program!