My name is Rhonda and I am 41 years old. When I started my weight loss journey, I was 237 lbs. I have had weight and body-image problems my whole life. In January 2008 (after the before picture was taken), I decided that I did not want to turn 40 looking like I was 50.
My mantra was “One day, one good decision”. Everyday I would do something different than I had been. First, was exchanging sodas for water. The second, decision was to exchange french fries or rice for either cooked or raw fresh fruits and/or veggies. I temporarily cut out red meat, sugar and salt until I could make better choices regarding those things.
I got a fitness partner. We started with just walking for 30 minutes three times a week. After 6 months, we joined the local gym. We started slow, then work ourselves to trying some of the group exercise classes. My favorite is kickboxing and aqua aerobics. I purchased a Wii Fit. This comes in handy when I don’t want to leave home, but need to get a workout in.
I also give a lot of credit to the show, “The Biggest Loser”. Watching the contestants struggles and triumphs, mirrored the struggles and small victories that was occurring in my own life. The show gave me the motivation I needed to get through the week until the next episode.
I got my doctor involved. I told her about my weight-loss plan. She ran some tests to see what my dietary profile looked like. She suggested some vitamins to supplement deficiencies in my diet. She also suggested that I keep my goals small. I concentrated on 15 lbs at a time. Once I reached my 15 lbs, my goal started over, another 15 lbs. I have lost a total of 60 lbs in one year. I have kept in off for an additional year. I will keep it off for the rest of my life.
Before the weight loss, my life consisted of working and coming home to watch TV, that was it. I didn’t have many friends because I lacked the confidence to participate in activities. It was a very lonely existence. Now, I am part of the parent associations at my kid’s schools, I organized a local fitness group, and joined a women’s social club. I’m active, confident and self-assured. For the first time in my life, I feel beautiful.
Thank you for listening.