|Start Weight:||(01 Nov 13) 144.4 lb|
|Current Weight:||(21 Aug 14) 139.0 lb|
|Goal Weight:||118.0 lb|
following: sheshemoo's own diet
performance: gaining 0.6 lb a week
I have always been active, but I had let my weight creep up until it became my new normal, but I always felt like I was living in someone else's skin. I wasn't obese, but the extra weight was definitely affecting my daily life as far as what I could do versus what I used to be able to do and what I knew I could do again if I were to take off the extra weight. This went on for five years. Then I suffered a health issue that forced me to go on a low sodium diet in order to try to relieve some of the symptoms (hearing loss, dizziness), and it's the best thing that ever happened to me because it gave me the motivation and desire to stick to the plan to improve my health and by keeping to the low sodium diet, I felt the weight come off easily and fairly quickly and I feel 20 years younger!
I've been a fitness instructor for many years, and in recent years with my failure at keeping to a healthy diet, I felt like I was being a poor example and not being an inspiration or motivator like what I should be in my role as leading them through exercises and teaching them great health habits. I was incredibly disappointed in myself. Now that I'm getting back in "athletic" condition again, I feel that having those years of not being in the best shape has helped me understand better how difficult it is and what a struggle it is for people to overcome bad habits and achieve their fitness/healthy eating lifestyle goals. So I'm grateful that I experienced the struggle as well, but even more grateful that I am climbing my way out.
What's interesting is I have a strong faith, and right before the health situation arose, I prayed about my situation and asked for guidance and help to lose the extra weight that came on in recent years. I never dreamed that a health issue would be what it took to eliminate my desire for eating unhealthy foods, but it worked and praise God for His wisdom and mercy to allow me go through whatever it took to get me where I need to be.