My journey began September 19, 2012. I prayed for God to help me. I needed to have the will power to get fit and eventually lose weight. I was not focusing on weight loss but on eating healthy and building my stamina. I was around 417 lbs (based on my last weigh in at the dr.) but I really don't know what my exact weight was. I was definitely over 400 lbs.
I started by drinking water making sure I had 8 glasses a day to start, then I gradually increased to half my weight. Next I incorporated more fruits and vegetables into our diets. I took back my kitchen (My BIL did a lot of the cooking) and started preparing healthier meals. Weekly trips to the farmer's market and meal planning were parts of my weekly activities. Slowly I started becoming more active (and I do mean slow!!).
I had a few days of setback at Thanksgiving and went back to my old habits. But I picked myself up and started over again. I was ready when Christmas came and I introduced some healthier side as well as "healthifying" my old standbys. It worked! I maintained over the holiday even when I ended going away for a few days!
I also steadily increased my activity and grew stronger and stronger. Today I can actually exercise up to an hour with only brief rests!! Never did I dream I would be able to do that!
So here I am now 4 months later, down 52 lbs and still going strong. I enjoy food now, in the proper portions and non processed for the most part. My friend and I did a 21 day Daniel Fast during the month of January which helped me to grow spiritually and shrink physically. We were allowed whole grains, all fruits, all vegetables. That means no meat, no sugar, no dairy and nothing processed. It was not easy at first but completing the fast helped me to gain confidence and to find my joy.
I didn't weigh for the 21 days of the fast and it was rewarding to see the number at the end. I decided that I will commit to only weighing once a month but I will recognize and notice other changes in my body. The scale will no longer rule me, but faith and proper care for my body will. So that's the beginning of my story, I'm looking forward to new chapters!! I'll post some pics of me now in a few minutes.