Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Are You Listening? (My Plea To You)

In The Beginning (232-235 pounds)
Yep, that's me. Or that was me. The me then. Then I weighed somewhere between 232 and 235 pounds. Roughly 20 pounds ago. It was that picture that started the wheels of change turning in my head. But, it would be months before I actually acted on them. 4 months to be exact.

For the last  year, and even before I got pregnant with my 4th kid, people where telling me that I needed to lose weight. Doctors, family, friends, the reflection in the mirror. But, I tuned them out, ate another candy bar, bought the next size up in clothing and continued living my life.

Do you know that in that picture, I was slowly killing myself? With food?

I never thought that I would be one to lose 5 pounds, let alone the 20 I have shed since I have started this whole journey. 11 of the pounds came of in the last three weeks. I thought my weight problem was just a minor bump in the road.

But what do you do when you are nearly 50% body fat? Or your blood pressure is so high you could be at risk for a stroke?

If you are me, you listen. You listen to those around you that are begging you to be healthy. But, most importantly--you listen to YOU.

No one can help you  until you are ready--and willing--to help yourself. But, in order to help yourself, you need to listen.

Stop making excuses. Just DO IT.

Don't tell yourself you can't. Tell yourself you WILL

When that fat girl (or guy) inside of you tells you that you can't do this, you will only fail, tell them WATCH ME.

If I can do this, I firmly believe that anyone can. I used to sit on the couch and stuff my face for hours on end. To tired to play with my kids. To tired to do anything. When the fat girl inside told me I would fail, I never even tried.

Now, I go to the gym 3-4 times (or more) a week. I work out at home nearly everynight. I work with a personal trainer. I go to fitness classes. I am now a Beachbody Coach and hope to take the classes to teach Turbo Fire in Feb.

So, my question to you is--are you listening? Are you listening to YOU? I can't help you, no one can help you until you are ready to help yourself.

Are you ready?


  1. Thank you for sharing this with us. I truly hope you succeed in your efforts to lose weight--it's such a hard thing to do. I wish my daughter could read this and it would motivate her to do the same. She's close to (if not over) 300 lbs now with 3 kids under 9. Diabetes runs in my husband's family and I constantly worry about her health and future.

  2. Beverly, I know, now, what you mean about worrying about your daughter. You know, some times it takes reality slapping you in the face before you realize that what you are doing is slowly killing you. It took a good two or three years. Doctors even told me I needed to lose weight.

    If I can be of an assistance to you or your daughter, in any way, please let me know.

    I hope she does see this blog and see that she can lose weight and be happy and there for her kids

  3. Melissa you are amazing. I am so proud of you. I know what a HUGE lifestyle change this has been for you. Even tho it was a good change, it is still difficult, as change always is. But you WILL do it!!!