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My journey to find myself – my thinner self

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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 | My journey to find myself   my thinner selfMy name is Sarah Cutting. I am 27 years old and for the last 26 1/2 years of my life, I was always known as the happy, funny, crazy “fat friend”, a title which I was slowly becoming comfortable with. Having been overweight the majority of my life, I had resigned myself to the fact that it would probably always be this way for me. I told myself “It’s your genetics” and “It’s too hard to change this” and other ridiculous lies. I honestly felt that the situation was completely out of my control and irreversible.

I love food. I have always loved food. There is a certain picture of me that comes to mind from when I was about 3 or 4 years old. The picture shows me sitting on the kitchen table at my grandmother’s house holding a pot of mashed potatoes and eating directly from the pot with a wooden spoon. As the years passed, food became an obsession. It became a comfort. It became my friend and saw me through every trial and tribulation, ever laugh and moment of genuine happiness. It was my everything.

Because of my unhealthy obsession, I spent every year of my tween and teen years overweight and wishing there was something I could do about it. As a teenager, it’s hard to commit to such a drastic lifestyle change, so suffice it to say, it didn’t work out so well. I graduated high school shopping in the plus size sections of stores and never left those sections. College wasn’t much of a change. Late night binges on food and booze, parties to see who could drink more, lack of sleep, stress of nursing school – my weight continued to creep up and up and up. I never let myself step on a scale because I was too afraid to see the numbers. If I had to guess though, I probably weighed around 300 pounds by the time I graduated college and started my nursing career. It was the heaviest I had ever been in my life.

In September of 2009, I lost my father. He died suddenly of a massive heart attack. My father was overweight and had a extensive cardiac history that contributed to his heart attack. He was 48 years old. I was 24 at the time. That was the first time that I realized how short life can be and how if I kept on the path that I was on, I didn’t have a whole lot of living left to do. But unfortunately, at that moment in time, I was not ready to commit to getting healthy. So I continued on my self-destructive lifestyle.

February 2012 changed my LIFE. I had lost a little bit of weight in the 4 years between college and now, weighing in at 267 pounds. I knew that it was time for a change, I just didn’t know how to do it. I had tried before, but could never commit to a long-term lifestyle change. I began talking with one of the nurse practitioners that I worked with and learned that she had recently become a vegan after seeing what it had done for her parent’s health. She continued to tell me all the benefits of adopting a plant-based diet. She had always been concerned about me after my father’s death, knowing that I was headed for the same untimely end. It sounded crazy at first, radical even. But she gave me a few pointers and told me to think about it. I thought long and hard, read some books about vegan and plant-based diets, and decided that this was the thing that was going to change my life.

It’s December 2012, and I currently weigh 176 pounds. I have lost 91 pounds since February of this year! I am the healthiest and the happiest that I have ever been in my entire life. I can’t believe that my life has changed this much in the past year. I never thought it possible. People have started telling me that I have become their inspiration to lose weight and reclaim their life and health. Being told that I am a inspiration scares me, but it also keeps me going and stops me from giving up this new life that I have adopted. This isn’t a diet, it is a completely new lifestyle. And it’s a lifestyle that I will never give up!  Source: iReports

Originally posted 2014-12-10 20:00:51. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

4 Comments

  1. Audrey Wheeler

    August 7, 2015 at 10:57 am

    <3

  2. Mikki Kitner

    August 4, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Congratulations

  3. Mary McCartan Konwinski

    August 4, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    I have lost 112 pounds since April 2014. I initially felt like a loser, because I had weight loss surgery, but now I am at peace with my decision. I still have about 15-20 lbs to go. My husband had a stroke in January and there is no way that I would be able to care for him at my old weight. I am so inspired by the stories shared here.

  4. Arbiana Babaxhani Konica

    August 4, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Congratulations!!! I inow the feeling,,,, been there…done that. I lost 85 and i feel perfect. Keep it up 🙂

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