The process of getting myself back was me realizing that I’m worth it. That I can get out there and do it and now have doubt in myself. Counseling really helped a lot, my children helped me a lot, my husband helped me. If it weren’t for them and my supportive friends, I don’t know what I would have done and I think I would have still been stuck in that hole that I was in.
You really do need to have a support group or have a support system. It is very, very important.
My family has been very supportive in my weight loss endeavor.
That’s the one thing that I’m ultimately confident in, is that they’re gonna be there to help me and to encourage me through this process.
It’s so good when everybody’s, “Yeah, you’re doing a great job and keep it up,” and it makes me want to keep doing it more.
One of the tools I used was a friend of mine and I started a support group.
We all understand what we’re going through. We’ve all been through the weight, you know, gain and weight loss and weight gain again.
We kind of help each other up and make each other feel better.
I can lean on them if I need to laugh, they will laugh with me. If I need to cry, they will cry with me.
We just support each other through the good and the bad and it makes it a lot better to have that support than if you’re on your own.
My long-term goal was to keep the weight off, stay in good health, and watch what I eat. My overall goal was that I wanted to live.
If I you know, if I don’t get down to my goal weight and I’m ten pounds heavier, I don’t care. I feel so good right now that anything else is gravy and I’m nowhere near my goal.
I think I’m trying to take the number out of it at this point in time. I’m trying to just base it off how do I feel today?
The 135 pounds is just a number that I randomly picked. But I just want to be happy with how I look and feel.
I really do feel like I’ve prolonged my life. I know I have. There’s no if, ands, or buts about it.
This whole journey is not about living longer. I’m 65 years old. “Longer” is not a part of my vocabulary anymore. But I wanted quality of life — for however much longer I’ve got left.
There is more to it that I want to be healthy for.
Making the choice to lose the weight will definitely help me to dance at my grandbaby’s wedding.
It’ll be, it’ll be awesome to see my grandkids grow up.
I’m looking forward to the rest of the journey.
If someone’s at the beginning of their weight loss journey, I would tell them, “This is a huge mind game that changes your life completely.”
Be honest with yourself as to what is causing your weight gain or your inability to lose the weight.
It didn’t get on their overnight, it’s not gonna come off overnight.
Start slowly. Don’t weigh yourself every day. Do it weekly or monthly, whatever. Be willing to make changes in how you eat.
Maintain a conscious, you know, habit about your health.
Diet alone I found is never really gonna get you there. You’re gonna lose a little bit of weight but I think you really have to add the exercise.
If you don’t continue and make the lifestyle changes, it might not continue to work.
Do something about it. And get your life in order and, you know, so you can live longer and enjoy everything.
There’s so many things that you have to think about and realize your life is never going to be the same.
Just do it for you and know your goal and what your striving for and it will come, it will happen.
Don’t give up. No matter what happens, it’s gonna to be hard, it’s not gonna be easy. But don’t look at how far you have to go, look at how far you’ve come. And just take it day by day. That’s all you can do.