My Story-Part 2

What??? You didn’t know there was a sequel?

Ok so the story goes: she lost all the weight, made tons of friends, stayed skinny, was voted Most Popular, and lived happily ever after. Right???? NOT!!!!

Yes I did lose the weight but I didn’t do it the right way. I was totally ignorant (I had an excuse, I was just a kid, for goodness sakes. ). At the time I knew nothing about proper nutrition, or exercising safely and effectively. I had no idea that my body’s defense mechanism against starving would actually slow my metabolism and make me gain more weight, if anything. In fact, I thought it was a pretty clever idea to deprive myself of food and work out like a maniac so I could lose the weight twice as fast! What a brainiac I was huh?

Well that certainly did happen. In a matter of months I was down to about 100 lbs. I looked like a walking skeleton and I still thought I was fat. But I couldn’t keep the weight off for long, of course. And so, over the years I played the yo-yo game with my weight. While I never went back to my old weight {remember I was 165 and climbing}, I was always going up and down; sometimes as low as 110 lbs and as high as 130. This all depended on what was going on in my life too. Stress played a ginormous role in this. So needless to say, it has been a lifetime struggle to maintain a healthy weight.

It was really not until September 2011, just last year, mind you; when I finally really understood how much control I could have over my body, if I really wanted it. I remember a couple of months after my epiphany when I saw that I was actually maintaining my healthy weight without a struggle, I had professed to a friend that “I get it now; I didn’t before, but now I do”. I have learned so much from fitness professionals, reading materials, videos and books. My only regret is that I did not embark on this journey sooner. I wasted a lot of years struggling with weight issues; when there was no need to fight factors not within my control, such as heredity. And the more I learned about my limitations the more I was able to enhance my strengths.

And that’s the moral of the story–“Acceptance is a big part of change.”
I am a different person spiritually and physically, thanks to those of whom have influenced me during that critical period of my life not too long ago. I am so very thankful for this. Because I can take over from here.

Thank you for reading my story.

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