I was always on the heavier side once I graduated from High School and was on my own. I really never paid attention to my weight just figuring I had the rest of my life to get healthy. So why do anything about it right now when I can just enjoy myself.
In January of 2007 I had surgery on my right ankle by Dr. Weil, Jr because I wasn’t stable when I walked and I would sometimes fall. Dr Weil told me that one of the reasons I am having so much of a problem was because of the extreme amount I weighed and the pressure that weight placed on the ankle. He said losing weight would help.
I saw my General Practitioner and she did blood work for cholesterol and took my blood pressure, and heart rate. My cholesterol was off the charts at a whopping 386, my blood pressure was 189/99 and my resting heart rate was 112. She was very worried about me, told me losing weight would help me increase my overall health.
I decided that enough was enough and to get going on a weight loss program. When I weighed in I just cried when the scale read 404 pounds!
I set my goals small because I didn’t want to think of the larger picture. My sights were set on losing 5 lbs at a time, then my first 10%. I followed the plan, began exercising and the weight started to fall off; before I knew it I lost 100 lbs by Christmas of 2007!
My biggest focus was to become healthier and fit for the rest of my life now and not later when it would be harder to do. I wanted to live an active, fun, healthy life and not have my weight hold me back from doing anything.
I went back to the doctor in March of 2008 to be re-tested and my doctor was shocked by my new look! When the tests came back, my cholesterol had dropped 240 points to 146, my blood pressure went down to 112/78 and my resting heart rate is at an average of 38!
Now I am able to walk almost 6 miles a day, feel fit and really feel great about how I look. And my friends and co-workers are seeing me as the inspiration to lose weight and get healthier for themselves.
Total inches lost since I started in Feb of 2007:
Waist – 33 inches
Hips – 27 inches
Chest – 19 inches
I have gone from a size 6x to a 16 in tops/blouses!
I have gone from a size 32 to a 14 in pants/jeans!
I have gone from a size 34 to a 12 in a swim suit!
The most important thing I am proud of is the hard work that I have done to make sure that I never see myself be at where I was in weight ever again.
My thanks goes to all the people that have helped me along the way from personal trainers ( Cindy Huber) my weight loss leaders, Dr. Weil Jr., Dr. David, family, friends and the 110% of support from my husband Brian without whom I couldn't have done this!
TOTAL WEIGHT LOST SINCE FEBRUARY 2007 172 pounds!!!
Mount Prospect, IL