First, I have to say that my best friend Jenny put me up to this. She’s been bugging me to start this blog for months, so here I am, finally getting around to it. I want to tell you a bit about my weight loss story so you can see how me, a girl from Dallas, lost 100 pounds.
To start, I guess I’ll tell you a bit about myself. I’m 32, live in Dallas, Texas, am married, and have 3 kids, Daniel, David and Kelly. I’m a real estate broker, love shopping, and The Food Network. And 14 months ago, I used to weigh 250 pounds. That still gets me every time I say that sentence and talk about my weight loss story.
What caused me to finally take action against my weight, was when I went in for a blood test last year and my doctor diagnosed me as being prediabetic. Obviously, I freaked. I absolutely hated needles and the idea of having to inject myself each day or even take pills, etc for the rest of my life was a scary thought. I knew that my eating had been out of control for a few years, but it wasn’t until that moment, sitting in my doctor’s office, that I knew that I had to do something about it.
My doctor told me that 50 million Americans are prediabetic, but that people who act early can completely avoid any complications of diabetes. That was all I needed to hear. Anything to avoid needles. The first thing he recommended was that I join a gym or even get a personal trainer. I groaned. I hated going to the gym, and the idea of running on a treadmill in public turned my stomach. I couldn’t even remember the last time I ran around the block!
I knew it was important that we act right away though, so my doctor and I discussed other options. I loved food and cooking, so that was where we decided to start. For me, food would be the major factor in my weight loss story. We decided the best thing I could do, was start by creating healthy meal plans for weight loss designed just for me. We would target foods geared to burn fat and avoid everything else.
That meant no more fast food breakfasts, no more Venti cappuccinos, no more catered business lunches, and no more take-out pizza on the way home from work. I was trying to take in everything he was saying, but I had been overweight for so long, that I didn’t know if it was really possible to lose weight. But then the thought of giving myself a needle came back. And that’s when I sat up, took a deep breath, looked my doctor in the eye, and said,”Ok, let’s do this.” That was the beginning of my weight loss story.