November 01, 2012

My Health and Weight Loss Journey

I began an exciting journey at the beginning of this year; I started on the road to getting healthy and losing weight.  I lost about 60 pounds in 6 months and went from size 16 to size 6.  I'm loving life! 

After struggling to lose weight for many years (reading everything, trying everything) I finally found a healthy, medically sound way to lose weight, and change my bad habits into good habits so that I can maintain good health for the rest of my life.  I was addicted to food and had many "issues" resulting from my emotional dependency on food and eating.  But this program has taught me to overcome those issues and bad habits, and taught me how to keep the weight off for good.  And having a (free!) health coach to guide me, mentor me, and keep me accountable has made a huge difference!

This has changed my life in so many ways; I have more energy for serving my family and others, and for exercise; I feel better about myself so I'm healthier spiritually and emotionally (and not so grumpy with my kids!), AND I am healthy physically (off medication, less knee pain, and other issues resolved).  My life has improved as an individual, as a wife, and as a mother. 

I am so grateful for this program, and I'm so excited about how it has changed my life that I decided to train to be a health coach so I can help others.  I have really enjoyed coaching others this year as well.  If you know anyone who wants to get healthy and lose weight, have them contact me, or visit

I would love to hear any input you have, or answer any other questions.

SIDE NOTE:  I was viewing this before/after photo on my computer when Jack walked up behind me.  He pointed to the "before" and said, "Who is that?"  I laughed and said, "That's me, silly.  That's before I lost weight."  He sternly replied, "No mom, you never looked like that!"  I could not convince him it was me, and he kept insisting I was never "that fat."  Our discussion brought the rest of our family in.  My other kids were also shocked as they looked at the photos side-by-side.... they had all gotten used to the "new me" and had forgotten how I looked before.  They were used to how I looked when I was "fat" and now they were used to me thin.  My husband was quiet the whole time, but when the kids finally left the room (after eventually relenting to their shock and admitting I had once been "fat"), he finally said, "Wow.  I hadn't realized how, um, overweight you were either."  Naturally, he is very pleased with the "new me."  :)

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