What an amazing few years it’s been. Just 2.5 years ago I was overweight, exhausted, working a job I no longer loved and starting to have life regrets. I had a lot going for me; a great marriage, a very tight knit and happy family all living in the same town we were born in, above average health and a hopeful outlook on life. But I was tired, drained, not sleeping, getting sick constantly, uncertain about everything. Then the bomb fell. My brother was diagnosed with terminal cancer and had 3-5 months to live. The bottom fell out and I went with it. I left my secure, well-paying job of 23 years for the abyss. No plans except to spend all the time I could with my brother. And to get healthy.
Aside from the stark reminder that life is fragile and temporary, two other events set me in motion. A friend sent me a picture he took of his wife and I. That was the moment I realized that I had not been taking care of myself. I never really looked in the mirror and saw only what I wanted to see. And, for the first negative diagnosis I’d ever experienced at the doctor’s office, I was told I was pre-diabetic. The stars were in alignment, the universe was talking and I was listening.
October 2010, I started my journey to health at the weight of 186. I lived by 5 new rules. I only allowed myself 1 starch a day (which was usually white rice or yellow potato); only 1 bread a day, be it a sandwich, morning toast or pizza; only 1 alcoholic drink a week; nothing fried; and nothing from a cow. Cheese was my passion and this last one was really hard. But, goat and sheep cheese filled the bill and I was happily on my way. Two years and 20 pounds lighter, I felt I had reached my goal of 165 and could just maintain.
Then came Michelle’s Fall 2012, 30 day whole food challenge. Why not? I was on the right track so how hard could it be? I opted in for 15 days because Thanksgiving was coming in a few weeks and I had no intention of giving up potatoes, gravy and stuffing. I cleared out my kitchen of most things processed and chemically laden. I cleaned up my act and ate cleanly. When the 15 days were up, I had lost another 6 pounds and felt amazing. I was as dedicated to not going back to eating unclean foods as I had been to “enjoying” my Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving dinner (piles of turkey, salad and sweet potatoes) was amazing, clean and delicious. I was shocked to realize that those other foods held no interest for me. I decided that this way of eating, this way of feeling, was for me. Newfound energy and joy returned to my life. The “comforts” of yesterday that I found in food and entertainment, were now found in movement, superfoods and watching my body change for the better. No longer plagued by illness, migraines, debilitating joint pain, irritable digestion, colds and self doubt, my eyes were now clear, my complexion rosy, my muscles responsive and my joints much more at ease. It took 2 years to get from 186 to 165. On whole foods, it took 3 months to get from 165 to 150. And it wasn’t just the weight. It was the loss of several dress sizes. It was the freedom of movement. It was being able to do yoga without getting in my way. I was overwhelmed by the ease and speed of the change. It was a great feeling and one that came with the knowledge that there would be no slipping back, no falling into old habits. Because I didn’t restrict how much I ate and was always full and satisfied, I never considered myself on a “diet”. I just stopped eating things (I won’t call them foods) that were killing me.
Two days ago, I went to my brother’s wedding. Yes, he’s still fighting the good fight, 2 years beyond his predicted departure. The same day, I also hit my goal weight of 145, the weight I was before I had my second child. 41 pounds gone. I feel good. I feel better than good. I feel in control of my life, my choices, my health and my future. I’m making decisions that are good for me and allowing others to make their own, not being so affected by whether I agree with them or not. I have all new clothes that reflect who I am now and don’t allow me to hide within them. I am comfortable, but not the kind that lulls me to sleep. The kind that gives me a footing for what comes next. So many opportunities, and so much energy to imagine that I may achieve them all.
Our Fitness Quest First Official Biggest WINNER!
It’s hard to believe that 3 months ago we launched our Quest program and here I am tonight about to announce who our biggest winner was from that very first month. Our entire group is doing wonderful things but our February Biggest WINNER has just been simply amazing. Nearly 100% compliant on the program I laid out for her and she has worked her butt off LITERALLY. Not even able to workout the entire 3 months she still managed to lead the crowd with 31.5 pounds lost and a smile that just won’t quit! Just goes to show you that changing your food lifestyle can make all the difference!
Loyda, on behalf of the entire 1fw Team and your Fitness Quest Family….we are soooo proud of you!!!!! I can’t wait to see where you are in another 3 months!!! You are simply amazing and your words below bring tears to my eyes. Life is beautiful and so are you.
Loyda in her own words…
“Even with what the scale said, the mirror showing what it showed and my body not screaming out in pain I truly didn’t believe I had lost so much until I saw my side by side. And then the tears started flowing. Good tears, for the first time in 4 years they were not of sadness & loss but of true joy. Knowing that I’m well on my way to leading a purposeful & full life has given me a sense of hope I thought I would never feel again.
It’s been an amazing three month journey, the only thing that can make it better is seeing where our team will be in 6 months and beyond.
Thank you to the 1fw team for being such a support and for loving what you do and for loving us enough to share it!!
Lisa B – Lean Muscle Mass – 1 month transformation photos. Eating 2000 calories a day!!
Sarah A – Lean Muscle Mass – 3 month transformation photos. Eating 1800-2000 calories a day and leaning out!
Jennifer A. Our very first Sponsored Widow
Jennifer has been working with our 1fw Training Team the past 3 months. She has been amazing in both her work ethic as well as attitude. I adore this woman and her love of life. Jennifer will be walking down the isle with her Chapter 2 in a few months and I’m happy to say we will continue to train Jennifer through her wedding day. To date she has lost over 25 pounds and just over 25 inches. Congrats Jennifer, we are so very proud of you!!!!
Jennifer in her own words…
“I can not believe that in a few days it will be twelve weeks since I started this journey. Yes I have lost weight but I have gained so much in this process. I can honestly say that I feel amazing! I am very proud of who I am becoming. I am strong and confident and feel good about my body. When I look back at where I was twelve weeks ago I never want to go back. I love eating whole real food and the way it makes me feel. I do not crave the junk and sugar anymore and sure do not miss the way it made me feel. I no longer fear the gym and weights which is awesome because I dislike cardio :). I am so thankful for this opportunity and I am honored to be the first widow chosen. My life is forever changed.
Thank you Michelle, Keith, Lorrie and the entire Quest community.”