Every year my husband and several friends of mine from all over the country meet at a college football game to “relive” those glory years of college. In 2009, the ladies gathered for a picture. After we went home, I saw a copy of that picture on Facebook and I realized that I was the largest woman there. I knew I was overweight but it was that moment that I realized I needed to make a change.
I had been overweight for the last ten years. I always attributed it to getting older. I always made excuses for my weight gain. As I became larger, my self esteem and confidence dropped. I wasn’t happy with my job and I wasn’t happy looking in the mirror. Following that get together with my friends, I knew I had to make a change. Because I’m a teacher and it was in the middle of the school year, I was unable to make a change at work, so I had to make a change with my appearance.
On November 11, 2009, I made my change. I began writing down everything that I ate. I began walking on a treadmill three times a week. I contacted my good friend, Bobby Hold and asked him for help. He told me to focus on the intake every day and to exercise. I kept in constant contact with him throughout my venture. I always had a dream of losing 45 pounds but I figured it was just that, a dream. I was worried that I wouldn’t lose any weight because I was beginning this change right before the holidays. But, surprisingly enough, I lost 12 pounds by January 1st.
On January 12th 2011, I finally achieved my goal. I lost 46 pounds! I was so proud of my accomplishment. Since then, I have maintained a healthy weight and a healthy lifestyle that allows me to enjoy food while looking good. I never thought I would be able to lose nearly 50 pounds but if I can do it, anyone can. You just have to find the will and the motivation in your life. Bobby taught me that. He was my inspiration and I know that as long as I put my mind to it, I can accomplish my goals. Bobby is someone I look up to. He showed me what I’m capable of. I hope you can see what you are capable of as well.