- Posted April 14, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Your 'Aha' weight-loss moments
After losing Father took his advise and went on to lose 150lbs.
I have battled with my weight since childhood. Growing up I was always on the heavy side. My grandma even nick named me Miss Piggy. I really enjoyed food and would even sneak food. I knew it was a problem. I was teased in school and known as the fat buck toothed girl. I would even have classmates call and leave vulgar messages on my answering machine saying they were weight loss companies and I needed their help. As hurtful as that was I kept eating and it made me happy. I figured this is my life, to be fat. When I went to college that is when the weight really packed on. I didn't have to sneak food anymore, but the weight made me shy and reserved. I remember topping the scale at the Doctor at 285. I asked him what was a healthy weight for me he told me 140. I thought that was just impossible.
Fast food, Junk food and soda were my best friends, they became a solution to all my problems. As I got older, married and started a family, I became concerned and wanted to be a good role model for my child. It bothered me that my son would be raised by an unhealthy parent. I decided I wanted to change my life but I did not know how. I had tried many diets, my weight was up and down for years. I never kept up the healthy food choices. I felt stuck.
Lots of food at home turned into tons of food that was worse for me when I went to college. My meals consisted of fast food and pizza and I was up to a 12 pack of soda a day. Water, fruits and vegetables were never on my menu. That habit continued into my 30's. My weight held me back from being the outgoing person I knew I could be. I started to become more reclusive, except for my job. I disliked going into public places, I knew people were looking at me as being an unhealthy person.
The most painful part of being overweight was that I was following in my fathers footsteps. I didn’t want to start having the health problems that he had. He was on all kinds of medication and I really wanted to prevent that for myself. I already have Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism which is genetic from my dads side.
In 2010, my dad became very sick and put in the hospital. He was diagnosed with stage 4 Pancreatic cancer which took him from us in 5 weeks. While I was strong during that time for him and my family I took it very hard. It was the hardest thing I have ever been through. I miss my dad tremendously and think that he may still be here today had he taken better care of himself. During those 5 weeks in the hospital something he said to my mom, brother and I has always stuck in my head and my heart. My dad said “ Look at us, None of us are healthy, We will all die young due to obesity”! In the following months, I was very depressed and would use food to cope with my emotional state. Four months later I began eating healthier again with news of my second child on the way, and nothing was going to stop me this time. I was determined to show my dad up in heaven that I can be healthy. I will live a longer healthier life!
I stopped eating all the fast food and started eating food that was good for me. Healthy home balanced small portion meals and exercise. I started exercising on my Wii and working out on my elliptical. I also started walking and gradually increased that to running and even running in 5k. I cut out all the soda replaced it with 100+ ounces of water a day. I had painful headaches from cutting soda. I would cry for days because of my pain from the soda withdrawals, but I knew I had to do this. I started looking into whole food nutrition and started taking a natural whole food vitamin and supplements to make sure I was putting the right things in my body as well a good diet of fruits vegetables and lean protein. As soon as I started changing what I was putting in my body the weight started flying off. I would weigh in every two weeks at home on my Wii Fit for accountability. Every time I would weigh in I had lost. I would post my picture on my social media sites, and my friends would cheer me on and keep me motivated. It took me about 3 years to lose over 100 pounds. I started to enjoy living this way eating right and feeling good. I began to appreciate food and have learned what good food is and how important it is for our health. I made a complete lifestyle change not just a change for a few months to lose weight. Every time I would want to eat poorly I would think about my Dad, I knew I could and would do this.
I now look at food to be very important to my overall health and well being. By making the right nutrition choices and removing the bad toxic food in our lives, my whole family can live a better. I am no longer fearful to go out in public and I no longer think people are staring at me constantly like in the past. I have a ton more energy which has become necessary with 2 young boys. I now even run yearly in the PurpleStride 5K for Pancreatic Cancer to honor my Dad. My weight loss has inspired me to change my goals in life to help others, now I wake up everyday thinking who can I help. I am a personal trainer now also. I now have family, friends and even strangers coming to me for health and weight loss advice. My family is healthier and even my husband is down 60lbs! I now have the health I am proud to pass to my children.