Everyday she followed her eating plan. She felt better, had more energy and felt more sociable. In fact, she felt so great she joined Circle K (college version of Kiwanis, not the gas station!) She had the time of her life going to to new places, fixing up camp sites, cleaning up roadways and nature preserves. She even found her future husband. 2006-2007 was a great year.
Then she kept hanging out with her amazing boyfriend and began to neglect Weight Watchers. She'd rather go to the movies with him than walk around the mall with friends. He would take her to get ice cream, yummy food she never tried and even liked playing Mario Kart with her. Life was going great.
Then she went from community college to the big leagues - USF. It was intense, it was crazy and she thought she'd fail. At the end of her first semester at USF her mother went into cardiac arrest. Her mother survived but it was a roller coaster ride. Between school,work, mom and her boyfriend the girl got very stressed and could only focus on the few things that were important to her. Exercise disappeared like a magic trick. Eating healthy became a thing of the past. It was survival mode.
One day, right before she got married, she looked at herself in the mirror. Why would her future husband want to stay with her? In 2007, when they first met, she was at her lowest weight and felt amazing. She loved herself and therefore could love her future husband. But from then until now the weight started to come back. She tried to ignore it. Her future husband would love her no matter what-even if she couldn't love herself anymore. She tried to deny it, but she could not anymore. She had gained back every pound she lost, plus more. What a sad girl she became.
Nope! I refuse to let that be the end. I made this picture to really make myself see what I have let happen to myself over the last five years.
While I think about how I let it happen, I really need to focus on the "how will I make it go away?" part. I have joined Weight Watchers again. Also I am signing up for a summer spin and Zumba class. Those two smarter choices have put me on the right track. Now I have to think of my goals. It's hard to get some place when you don't have goals to get you there.
I know what I can accomplish by looking at my past, I've finally opened my eyes to the present, and now I have to focus on the future.
I know I can't be the only one out there who has gone through such a drastic weight loss and then another drastic weight gain. If you want to get healthy again, come along for the ride. Share your struggles because one thing I do know, from past and present, is that trying to make a life style change on your own can be pretty tough.
I can do it, you can do it. Let's do it!