One last one more time…
When I was a child and imagined my life as an adult, I could have never foreseen the harsh reality I would face in late 2006. I was a 33 year old widow. I was a college drop-out. I was in self imposed exile from society. I was borderline hypertensive. I was in constant pain from a recent back surgery. I was morbidly obese and I was miserable.
After losing my husband 5 days prior to our 2nd wedding anniversary in 2004, I began to truly retreat into a world of binge eating and seclusion. I was hiding behind work and I was engaging in behavior that was damaging to my mental and physical health. I was truly losing every sense of myself and was becoming morbidly obese. I was on the verge of a health crisis. After surgery to repair a herniated disc and warnings of being put onto blood pressure regulating medication, I was advised that the only real way to alleviate my health issues was significant weight loss. Although I secretly longed to have weight loss surgery, I knew that the only way I would maintain a healthy life was to give old fashioned healthy eating and exercise a shot “one more time”.
This has been my last “one more time”!! I joined Weight Watchers on 01/08/07 and although I have stumbled a little along the way I have never fallen! With the loving support of my family, friends and my Weight Watcher’s leader Fulvia, I have lost almost 140# and am within 7# of my goal weight of 164#. My blood pressure is now normal, and I no longer have back pain. I have completed a 5K and 10K competitive walk and plan on walking a ½ marathon this fall! My newfound confidence has also helped me renew friendships, return to college to complete my degree and embrace a new love in my life. Not only has Weight Watcher’s helped me see success at the scale, but it has helped me to find a successful path in my life. After I reach Lifetime status I would like to take my success and my experiences and “pay them forward” by becoming a Weight Watcher’s leader and helping others find what I have found!
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