Admitting you have a problem is the first step in solving it. My problem is one that many share over a lifetime. It’s a “weighty” issue. It’s actually not about losing weight, it’s about keeping it off. Getting off the roller coaster. Maintaining a healthy weight. When I saw this picture taken a few days ago, I knew it was time to get back into control. The hardest part is sharing it so publicly but, if I think about how maybe I can help someone through my story, the fear that people will judge me vanishes. I’ve been given this opportunity for a reason.
Losing weight is the easy part. I’ve done it probably over 20 times in my life; before a play, before a pageant, before leaving for college, before a job interview with an airline, before getting my weight checked by said airline so I could keep my job, before my wedding, after having a kid, before my reunion, when I turned 30, when I turned 40… I’m sure some of you can relate. After every milestone, the weight came back on, the habits evaporated, the exercise stopped. Those extra 30-40 pounds just kept creeping back on.
I think my real problem is twofold. First, we moved. I used to be an avid runner. There was one year when I ran a race a month–12 in one year including a half marathon! We lived in Marietta, GA and had great sidewalks on the main roads. I was closer to Roswell Park which had great trails. When we moved to Woodstock, I found hills, hills and more hills. There were no sidewalks on the main roads so you were taking your life in your own hands trying to run on the grassy median. Instead of looking at the hills as a new challenge, I gave up. I found excuses not to run or even walk because I had to call a client, write a blog post, check my Facebook page, create invoices, you name it. Mentally, I decided to throw in the towel.
The second part of the problem was I didn’t have convenient tools for success.
I’ve tried so many things. None have worked to help me keep the weight off. They were short-termed at best. It took work counting points, calories, fat grams, carbs. I needed something easy.
Make Your Body Work and Medifast
I found it in the form of a product line called Medifast and a fitness service called Make Your Body Work. About 3 years ago, my sister-in-law Janet became a Health Coach for Take Shape for Life. She inspired our whole family to lose about 300 pounds including my husband and my dad. The amazing thing is they all kept it off for 2 years. 2 years! My husband Rob, even became a Health Coach and has helped many others in our neighborhood, church and family to realize their own long-term success. As I sat on the sidelines and watched everyone feel better, have more energy and fit into old clothes (and some rockin’ new ones!), I decided it was my turn, especially when I saw my picture.
So, I’ve started my own journey. I’ve enlisted my husband, God bless him, and the trainers at Make Your Body Work as my Health Coaches.
There is a lot of variety in the program–everything from brownies, soup and even ice-cream. On the program you eat 5 Medifast meals a day and one “lean and green.” Lean protein: chicken, beef, fish, eggs. Green: veggies (no carrots, corn or potatoes–too much starch). You stay away from alcohol, bread, milk, fruit and sugar while you’re in weight-loss mode. You’ll miss it the first week and you may actually have withdrawal symptoms such as a headache or a tired feeling. Can you imagine the body actually has sugar withdrawal similar to other addictions? That tells you something right there.
You eat every 2 to 3 hours. It’s simple and convenient. The bars are my favorite because you can keep a box in the car and you always have a meal. You can eat your lean and green anytime you please. Ex: egg white omlette with spinach for breakfast or a salad with grilled chicken for lunch or dinner (little bit of dressing).
Rob’s role will be to encourage me and guide me should I have any questions. There are even doctors and nurses on staff at Medifast for any clarification I need at any time. What other program includes a Health Coach and all that support free?
I’ll be checking in with Rob and all of you weekly to report my progress. I’ll also include some great tips about the program itself and some videos. (This is a good way to keep my accountable and on track. Blogging is pretty powerful!) Here’s to my health and yours! I hope I can inspire you to find your own journey to health.