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I Had to Hit Rock Bottom

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Great success story! Read before and after fitness transformation stories from women and men who hit weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Find inspiration, motivation, and workout tips | I Had to Hit Rock BottomI spent years trying to battle off the weight I gained from my first pregnancy which was very unhealthy. While I had short periods of success the weight would always seem to come right back. The more often I failed, the lower my self esteem sank. I didn’t know if I’d ever feel like myself again.
When my mother passed away in 2008 from Leukemia, I coped with my loss with plates full of cheesecake and I packed on another 20 lbs. My second pregnancy was much healthier than my first one but the weight gain added on top of all the weight I gained previously pushed me well over 200 lbs, and the final blow came after I stopped nursing and my weight soared to all all time high of 220.6 lbs on my daughters first birthday.
I can’t even explain how depressed I was. I hated myself in every way. It affected my friendships, my parenting and worst of all my marriage. When my husband asked for a separation, my self esteem was so low I responded, “I don’t blame you.

“That’s what hurt the worst. That I AGREED with him. That was the moment I knew I had hit rock bottom. No one should ever feel that bad about themselves. I knew a something had to change.

I started going to the gym to deal with my depression. At first it was just a distraction from my problems, but it quickly became my favorite part of the day. I took up spinning, kickboxing, hot yoga, running and weight lifting. I went on a 60 mile backpacking trip with my brother and did numerous running events. I gave up all refined carbs like bread, pasta and sugar and I tracked everything in MyFitnessPal.

The more progress I made the more motivated I felt. I took lots of progress pictures and I knew I couldn’t give up this time. And I didn’t.

Now a year and a half later, I’ve lost 60 pounds and I feel better than ever. My confidence is through the roof. I’ve made so many new friends, which amazes me because when I was overweight I never wanted to meet anyone because I didn’t feel like myself. My husband and I recovered from our separation and we both feel like our marriage is healthier than it’s ever been. We do everything together, and he even works out with me. I have energy to be a good mom and a healthy example for my kids. I became a Wellness Coach at the YMCA and I co-write a blog called TheSkinnyBS.com with a friend to stay motivated.

Best of all, I love myself and I love my life. I feel like nothing can stop me. I look back at the old me and I don’t even recognize her. I don’t think I’ll ever stop trying to improve my fitness, my health, and myself.

Source: ireport.cnn

Originally posted 2014-04-18 08:08:27. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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