Goal: Manage Weight
When I turned 50 last summer, I took a long hard look at my life. I was overweight, unfit and on a veritable cocktail of prescription medications for depression and anxiety. I was tired of the side effects and lack of progress. The constant cycle of yo-yo diets to control my weight had wrecked my body and health.
I made the decision to get off the medication and take steps to reclaim my health. After the New Year I began to explore the idea of exercise to boost my serotonin levels, and I knew my unhealthy eating habits needed to change as well. The Body-for-LIFE program fit the bill. I had tried it before but now my motivation was much stronger. My number one goal was to “finish”… no matter what life dealt me along the way. And boy did it throw some obstacles in my path! I faced one challenge after another, and I was tested in ways I couldn’t have imagined. I no longer had the crutch of medication; I was eating right, working hard and, for the first time in a long time, believing in myself. I began to see that by putting my physical and mental health first, I could deal with just about anything! Then came a situation that nearly derailed me, my daughter, who had dropped down to and unhealthy 85 lbs, confessed to me that she had relapsed into a heroin addiction.
My old self wanted to give up then and there. The new me said, "Stick to the program and show her by example that when you take control of your destiny you can change your life into something amazing!" That became my goal, to be a role model to her and my other children—to show them you can reach your dreams. I have a real plan and purpose for my life. I’m not sure I would have reached this point without the Challenge.
People approach me all the time asking me what my secret is, and I love telling them! My dream is to be certified as a fitness/walking instructor and work with people dealing with depression and addictions of any kind. I know that if I can take what I’ve learned and help other people, I will have fulfilled my purpose.
During the Challenge I went from a size 12 to a size 4, but the biggest difference in my before/after photos is the smile on my face. The real difference is on the inside and it shines on the outside. I look forward to another challenge and cannot wait to see what new changes are in store for me!