I came across this video and thought it would be helpful to some of those who may be struggling or maybe just need some positive reinforcement.
It has Kimberly's story but when you pull up the link, you'll see there are others as well!
Kimberly Anne Evans was overweight her entire life. Teased in grade school, never asked to a dance in high school, she used her weight as body armor, shielding herself from a cruel world. As an adult, she reached 347 pounds.
"Food was my friend, my blanket, my comfort, my lover -- my drug," she told NBC's "TODAY" show as the newest member of the Joy Fit Club.
Unlike many obese people, Kimberly never dieted. Instead, she constantly subsisted on fast food in huge portions for three decades. She would eat multiple McDonald's breakfast burritos in the morning, two cheeseburgers with fries for lunch and pizza followed by ice cream at dinnertime. It came to approximately 9,000 calories a day, nearly five times the recommended daily allowance.
One day, however, she saw a movie that would change her life.
Just after turning 39, a friend gave Kimberly "Phantom of the Opera" starring Gerard Butler. Kimberly had bad knees, her back constantly hurt and she was diagnosed with high blood pressure. The role of the phantom as an outcast and someone yearning for connection struck a note with her. "That day, I just decided," she says. "I never had any doubts."
The impact of the film gave her resolve to switch her diet. She dropped cheeseburgers in favor of turkey subs, and swapped regular soda for diet.
Eventually she started walking and then began riding a stationary bike. In less than 21 months, she lost 211 pounds. At 40, she had her first kiss. "He told me he wished he'd known because he would've made it even more special," Kimberly told "TODAY." "He's very sweet and we've been getting along very well."
Although she knew that it would take a long time to reach her goal, she was filled with joy every step of the way just knowing she had found the will to change her life at 40. "If you were as sad and unhappy as I was," Kimberly tells others looking for motivation, "Just know you can do it."