I had the fear of God instilled in me when doctors told me I was diabetic when I was 14! I had already both lost my Grandmother and Aunt to the disease – my aunt after they cut off the WRONG LEG and had to cut off the remaining leg! I was terrified!
This news launched a cycle of one diet after another, combined with an extensive regime of exercise - anything to keep the weight off. Mostly I did not eat and when I did, I ballooned! Along the way I found the Dr. Atkins protocol. I learned my body loves protein. Initially I was able to control my weight BUT, the big BUT was with a steady diet of high fat – a high fat free for all – my cholesterol went THROUGH THE ROOF!! So, I found myself one more time up 27 pounds, sadly with a dangerously high bad cholesterol level.
Divine intervention brought me to Creating Balance (now called Ideal Weight Management Cochrane) and the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method. I was skeptical that this would work – after all I had been on a “high protein” protocol for a long time. I had to eat my words! I lost my weight within 3 months, lost 7 inches off my waist, and amazingly reversed my ratio of good cholesterol to bad!
Sadly, the family strife continued – we lost my nephew at the age of 36 due to complications of obesity. His estimated weight at passing was 540 pounds. During COVID I lost my brother - Type 2 Diabetic - to a massive heart attack. I share my story as the fight of weight management involves so much more than following a diet plan and exercise. The missing piece – the “X” factor is the emotional landscape, as emotions will always trump willpower.
I now dedicate my coaching to supporting people with stress and emotional eating. If these factors are not addressed keeping weight off will always result in a lifetime of physical and emotional struggle.
As with a lot of people, I have spent most of my adult life battling weight issues. After having dealt with a very volatile work situation I had an unexpected emotional breakdown. I won’t go into details, but let’s just call it hitting ‘Rock Bottom’. The fact of the matter is that until that moment I wasn’t aware that I was in crisis. Like most people, I was living from day to day telling myself that I was happy and healthy. What a shock to realize just how unhappy I was. I couldn’t stop crying for days. All the very well-meaning people around me tried to help and make me feel better, but the truth is that they couldn’t help because they had no idea how deep the problem was. Eventually I realized that I had to get some professional help. Through this process I was able to determine that my unhappiness stemmed from the fact that I was out of control of my body. My weight, as well as my overall health, were weighing heavily on me. I needed to get back in control.
That was the day that I signed up with a weight loss center. The difference this time was that I recognized that there was no quick fix, only a true lifestyle change that could help me. The only program that can truly work is the internal one. Outside influences can give you tools such as things to avoid and things to incorporate, but at the end of the day the only success is the actual change within yourself.
On May 20, 2006 after an entire year of ups and downs, and choosing to fuel my body as opposed to filling it, I achieved my goal of 140 lbs., 100 lbs. lost. I hesitate to show the before pictures because I still see that person occasionally when I look in the mirror but think it may be encouraging to someone else out there. My entire family is happier now because I have far more energy and am a much more fun person to be around. They tell me constantly that it was all worth it in the end. They are the ones who can say that as they were there through all of the depression and the hard times as well as all of the accomplishments and good times. All of this has led to my passion for living and eating well and helping others to do the same.