After the birth of my first daughter (28 years ago) my weight started to increase.
As all new mom’s will tell you, there is not a lot of time to spend exercising when you have a new born.
A few pounds every year starts to add up until you don’t even recognize yourself.
I would always try the latest fad diets with moderate success. But would always gain the weight back and those pounds would bring some friends with them!
I tried the all the usual ones, Weight Watchers, Nutri-System, Adkins, pills, shakes, starving, all fat, no fat, low fat, high fat. (Sounds like a Dr. Suess book!)
Last Fall I even tried the HGC daily injections with a 500 calorie a day diet… torture.
I came to Breakthrough in 2009 and attended several boot camps.
As tough as it was, I really enjoyed the workouts and started learning more about nutrition and the role it plays in health and fitness.
In late 2010 my marriage of 27 years ended. I was left to try to pick up the pieces of my life and figure out how we (my two daughters and I) were going to make it.
I went into ‘Survivor’ mode.
Not a pity party, but a all out effort to make it at any cost.
I was determined to not have the victim mentality.
My sister-in-law and I started walking 4 miles a day, 5 days a week. We would also do Power Pump classes several times a week.
You can’t just lay down and let the world run you over in tough times.
I lost 20 or so pounds. Chris still had me on his e-mail list. I would read each one I received and try to learn from it.
Spring of this year I was in full blown wedding mode getting ready for my daughter’s wedding.
Five weeks before the wedding, the doctor told me she thought I had cancer.
Tests, tests, and more tests followed and finally minor surgery.
About a week before the wedding I learned that I did not have cancer… whew! Talk about an emotional roller coaster!
At this point something changed in me. I did not just want to survive, I wanted to live!
I started to run instead of just walking (I know that’s not advised!).
I read all the e-mails that Breakthrough had sent me about eating 6 times a day and adapted my diet accordingly. And finally, in August, I was able to come back to Breakthrough.
I started the 24-day Challenge. Sat with Chris and went over my ‘Why’s’.
Started journaling and taking the Advocare products.
All the pieces were finally coming together and I realized awesome results.
I lost 17 pounds and gained 3 pounds of muscle.
My body fat dropped 8%. I have continued to see great results and feel so much better.
I have lost over 70 pounds since Spring.
I appreciate the fact that they will not give up on anyone, if they don’t give up on themselves.
The accountability keeps me on track. Where else can you go and miss ONE class and get a text, email, or phone call?
They have confidence in the Breakthrough ‘Product’ and know that if they can get us to commit, life changing results will follow.
What you gain truly outweighs what you lose.
Having lived through some very tough times, I reached a place of recognizing the value of ‘Putting yourself first’.
When you are about to take off on a flight the safety briefing says, “You must put the oxygen mask on yourself before you help others”.
So I don’t view this process as being selfish, but rather that I must be whole, fit, and healthy so I can better serve those who count on me.
I do enjoy the benefits of looking and feeling better, but there is a whole lot more to it than that.
A book I recently read, “Forces that Form Your Future”, said “Your future does not happen to you, it happens through you.”
I will not idly stand by and let life ‘Happen’ to me.
There are many things that are out of my control, but how I feel, what I eat, and the activities I participate in, are all within my realm of control.
I am committed to becoming a ‘Whole’ person.
Personally, I don’t think that is possible if one area of your life is out of control.
The discipline required to become fit and healthy spills over into other areas of my life.
The confidence that comes with success… priceless.