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“Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” is more than just a documentary. Those words described my life in 2013.
My weight loss journey has been a roller coaster and anything but perfect. My weight has been up and down most of my adulthood. My highest weight was 195 pounds which was in the beginning of 2013, and I am only 4'11.5" tall. I was obese. I could no longer claim baby weight, my youngest was over a year-old. I did a juice fast and lost 15 pounds, but 180 pounds is still obese for my height.
I had symptoms that scared me and my doctor told me I was at risk for developing diabetes. Wait, me? How could this be? How did I allow myself to spiral so out of control? Did the answer to that even matter? Not really, because really the burning question was “what will I do now?”
I have four beautiful kids, two of whom were still babies and needed their mom healthy. I also had twins who were adults and had babies of their own. My husband, children, and grandchildren became my reasons and motivation to get healthy. I had so much life to live and I wasn't living in this state, I was merely existing.
In August of 2013, I hit the gym, cut back on carbs and added more vegetables and lean meats to my diet. I got a trainer for a month to stay accountable. I didn't want my excuses to get the best of me. And it worked! I went five times a week. Two days were cardio and three were with the trainer on weights. I was loosing about 2 pounds a week and feeling better. By November 2013, I had lost another 30 pounds. Then something happened. I plateaued.
I began cutting back on my calories and working out five to six times a week extremely hard. I was not about to give up simply because the scale wasn't moving. But nothing was working, the weight was not coming off any more. I grew discouraged with each passing week, but wouldn't give up. This went on for eight months! No change in weight. Things I did before no longer worked. I changed up my diet and workout routine, I tried well-known shakes and supplements—all failed me and my health and symptoms got worse.
Finally, I found out I had Celiac disease. I went on a strict gluten-free diet and the weight started coming off again! I was delighted beyond words. I lost another 15 pounds quickly. By September 2014, I was down to 135 pounds, but, more importantly, I felt healthy and I could run around with my toddlers and my grandchildren.
My journey is still a struggle and I battle with getting healthy. I have change and tweaked my diet and have gained back 10 pounds, but I don't focus on that because I feel good. If you don't get anything else out of this I hope you get this: Never give up. No matter how many times you have been knocked down or fallen on your own accord, do not give up. Find what works for you. If lifting weights is your thing, then you should lift weights. If Zumba is your thing, then do Zumba. Do what works for you. The key to this journey is finding what works for you long-term and sticking with it. Of course it matters what your goals are as well. This is a personal journey. I hope you learn you are stronger than you believe and you can achieve your goals no matter what anyone else has told you before. This journey is about learning. Learning what works for you, but also learning how strong you are and believing in yourself even if no one else does.
You can follow me and my journey on Instagram @blingbling_gymbunny.