- Posted August 19, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Your 'Aha' weight-loss moments
100 pounds and a lifetime ago
For much of my life, I had struggled with my weight, and I sometimes served as an object of ridicule by friends blessed with better metabolisms. I fluctuated wildly, gaining weight seemingly without reason (although in truth, my diet was horrible & I hated going to the gym). I would reach a certain point, go on a crash diet or some insane exercise program, and through sheer willpower torture my body into submission. Back in shape, I would throw in the towel & return to my old habits. This time would be different, right? Within months I'd be back up to my original weight - plus 5 lbs.
By 47, at 280 lbs and cholesterol levels in the 300s, I was pre-diabetic, had had an emergency gall bladder removal, and my lower legs had swollen so that the overstretched skin on my shins was shiny. I couldn't reach over my gut to tie my shoes. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea, felt awful and was embarrassed to go out into public. But I figured it was just how things were. My father's side of the family had always been heavy, and I didn't think there was much to do about it. I was hopeless.
I discovered the Take Shape For Life system through friends who had lost weight "doing Medifast," and I decided to try it myself, albeit reluctantly. I was given a free health coach, who was critical in my being able to maximize my benefits on the program. I am happy to report that I am now at my goal weight of 180 pounds and have a healthy BMI of <25. My bloodwork shows a marked improvement in all areas.
I've also learned that it is not just about dieting & losing weight. It's about forming habits of health to ensure I won't revert to my old ways - ways that conspire to keep me fat and unhappy. It's about living life as I've always wanted: being active, playing with my kids, going places & doing things I couldn't before because of my weight. It's about creating health in my life, rather than just reacting to disease.
My journey to ultimate health has just begun. But I see the old pictures of myself, & I can tell you one thing: I'm not going back. Misery can keep itself company!