|Left: Me at 288 lbs Right: Me at 186 lbs.|
I know I've said this before, but back when I started this journey I had a lot of skepticism. I didn't think this kind of weight loss was possible ... especially in the short time I've been able to accomplish the task.
I still have a ways to go before I am where I want to be, but the end is in sight. I feel fantastic!
I feel younger, more vibrant, happier, alive, and proud! I am so different in personality and attitude from who I was 100 lbs. ago I don't even recognize myself.
If I hadn't dropped all the unnecessary baggage I was carrying around in the "old days" I wouldn't have been able to come this far. I still have a lot of work to do, but I am a lot better to myself than I used to be - and I am enjoying getting to know who I really am.
|Candid photos are the most shocking, aren't they?|
Because I was so horrified with myself and how I looked, I missed an opportunity to catch up with an old, valued friend. I never want to go back to living like that. The woman in that photo is not a happy person. She's miserable and it wasn't just about the pounds she was carrying around. It was about how she felt about herself, too. The woman in the photo above is an illustration of the damage a lifetime of self-hate can do.
No diet in the world would have helped me if I hadn't made a conscious effort to change the way I felt about myself and started to appreciate who I am. I am a beautiful divine child of God, regardless of my size. When the time was right and I had my attitudes in the right place, I was able to stick with the Ideal Protein program and shed 100 lbs. in seven months.
People ask me the secret to my weight loss. The best advice I can give anyone is to stop talking down about yourself and your weight (for example, stop calling yourself a fat ass and never call yourself ugly). Treat yourself with respect and learn to appreciate who you are right now. Fall in love with yourself.
After that, find a program you feel will realistically fit into your lifestyle and commit to it. Once you're on the diet, become the biggest fan of the diet - don't whine about the foods you can't eat or restrictions you have to endure. Approach the program with enthusiasm and get the job done. Whining only wastes time and distracts you from progress.
When you feel good about who you are and what you're doing, the rest falls into place!