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|Fri, 06-02-2000 - 10:56pm|
An Inspirational Story...170 Pound Weight Loss
I hope you might find the following inspiring.
I've have watched one of my friends lose 170 lbs. I never realized how much trauma being obese is until my friend, Mary Ann, shared her experience with me. She was explaining how her weight made her feel so bad about herself; she was embarrassed to leave the house and felt totally helpless.
To add insult to injury, the only thing she found comfort in was food, which of course, caused her to gain even more weight. She finally was able to lose weight; she lost 170 pounds and has kept it off for a year and she is a completely different person. I wanted to share her story so that people might have some hope. While I have lost 30 pounds I've needed to lose, the transformation in Mary Ann has touched me.
The following is an excerpt of a piece she gave to me about her weight loss journey. I've asked her if I could share it with others who gain inspiration and who are going through what she went through.
"I've battled weight my whole life. I hit 'rock bottom' when I went to an amusement park and I was turned away at a roller coaster because I was to big to fit into the seat. More than the embarrassed, I felt hopeless.
I liken my struggle with weight to my favorite ride–a roller coaster. My size went up and down almost as fast as the amusement park attraction. My constant weight fluctuation turned into a steady climb upward until I reached 295 pounds.
As my weight increased, my health and self-esteem deteriorated. While I often found comfort sharing my misery with supportive friends, ultimately, that comfort was short lived because as soon as I started looking at myself, I became depressed again. I guess I had no hope!
In addition to hopelessness, I was constantly tired even though I slept 12 hours a night and napped in the afternoon. To make matters worse, my blood pressure increased. I became so embarrassed about my appearance that I was fearful of going out in public.
One day while at the mall, I ran into an old friend I hadn't seen in years who lost 123 lbs. We both used to diet together, but we're never able to lose weight. If either one of us started to lose weight, then it was short lived and we would just gain it back. So I became very curious when I saw her lose all her weight.
She told me what she did and I followed her advice. It wasn't long before I noticed I had more energy than ever, and my appetite was under control. With every passing pound and inch that disappeared, I became more committed to reach my goal. Today, I'm there! To date, I've lost 170 lbs. I've gone from a size 48 to a size 8.
There was so much I wasn't able to do when I was overweight. I never had the energy or self-confidence to exercise in public( go to a gym), but now I enjoy long bicycle rides. I also love roller coasters, but when I weighed 295 pounds I no longer fit into the seats. Today I can ride any roller coaster I want without fear of being turned away because of my size. It's been more than a year since I've lost 170 pounds and I plan to keep it off forever.
Because I been successful in losing weight, I like to reach out to others who are going through the same struggles I did. I hope this helps someone who needs it.
Disclaimer: This is my personal story and I make no claims about medical knowledge. It is intended for informational purposes only!”
If you can see yourself in this experience, and it gives you HOPE, then please feel free to e-mail me I will answer your questions to the best of my ability.