Many of you have said you are inspired to start your own journey now that I've shared mine.
My new Facebook friend Ronda Thomas of Chesapeake said "I am on that same journey myself. Losing weight is hard but am determined to be able to look in the mirror and like what I see. If you can do it so can I.”
Emily Scott of Virginia Beach shared her fitness journey with me (she's pictured below). She's lost more than 100 pounds, and have gone from a size 22 to a size 6.
"I was having some health issues like cholesterol and decided to take hold of my life," said Emily. "I was over not being able to do things because of my weight.”
As you may remember from my story Monday, I've had issues with weight my entire life. Like many of us, I went through cycles where I lost weight only to gain it back (and then some in a few cases). It was after getting a dangerously high blood pressure reading that I decided to make a lifestyle change, and not just focus on a "diet." I started researching food to help lower blood pressure, and I worked my way up to working out a few days a week. Over the last two years I've lost 70 pounds, bringing me from a size 24 to a size 14 (that's the average size of a woman in America).
Each of us will have different paths to a healthy lifestyle. While a somewhat low carbohydrate meal plan works for me (and trust me, I allow myself to have some of my New Orleans favorites like bread and beignets now and then), that may not work for someone else.
Work every day to make good decisions, and it will show over time. Love yourself the way you are now, and use that to fuel your journey!
Let's do this!