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Thanks, everyone! I appreciate the replies. I'm just glad that I'm back on the only path that works for me.
Edited by: BOKBOKBAGOK at: 3/13/2013 (23:05)
Allison, you've already made a HUGE step by being determined to make a change. That is half the battle - I know before I went on program, I knew I didn't change, but I didn't have the courage to start it until my health told me I had no choice.
You've lost 90 pounds before - I have no doubt that you can lose those again! With your prior knowledge of Medifast and a great support system, it won't take you long before you start feeling great again.
"If you really want to do something, you do it, you don't save it for a sound bite"
Hi Allison! You've done it before, and I have no doubt you will be successful again! I'm glad to know that you have a good support system ... that is half the battle! Don't spend too much time beating yourself up over what was ... just look ahead to what the future holds, and the future is bright!
Dig into the Habits of Health books and really focus on what you want and what you are going to create in your life. Dr. A also has a free 30-day habits of health email challenge: www.drwayneandersen.com/resources/dr
Best wishes as you embark on your journey to a healthier new you! We will be cheering you on!
♥ ♥ ♥ * Jodi * ♥ ♥ ♥
I am a FREE Take Shape for Life certified health coach and would love to help you create your success story!
Way to go Allison! You can do this! I have lost 80ish pounds on Medifast and have 30ish more to go. I started the program not expecting that I could lose anything, but here I am...a whole new person! Take it one day at a time and keep remembering that you are worth it!
Hi, my name is Allison.
I started Medifast in 2010 after trying everything under the sun. I was 335 lbs and absolutely miserable. My work supervisor was a Life Coach and I took a chance with Medifast. After being heavy my whole life, I didn't expect anything to work. But I lost 29 lbs the first month. I then went on to lose approximately 90 lbs after 5 total months. I felt like a rocket! My energy went through the roof, I started taking pride in my appearance and I began seeing other differences, too. I never realized just how different sales people treat you when you're thinner. Before Medifast, I could walk into a Best Buy and someone might say 'Hello'. But suddenly, I had 3-4 employees concerned with my shopping experience! Members of my family that had always 'talked around me' suddenly saw a confident and focused person that was taking charge of her own life. Yeah, I got mixed reviews on that. Some friends and family that had always been worried about my health loved the 'new me'. Others thought I was over-confident. But I couldn't help it. I was sleeping better and didn't need my CPAP anymore. I was more social and my Dr had taken me off my blood pressure, thyroid and Glucophage med. I felt unstoppable! Medifast was very strict and I had always had a love affair with food, but I felt so good about myself and my accomplishment that I worked very hard to stay on track. A few cheats here and there, but for the most part, I was a soldier.
Then, I went through a divorce after 10 years of marriage. My husband, who had already been drifting from me, became even more secretive. I delved a little deeper into things and found that he had dating profiles on various websites. He already had a girlfriend, and he chose to move out instead of working on his marriage. I was a wreck. Everything felt out of control and all I COULD control was food. I had never experienced such a deep betrayal and I became very depressed. I started packing on the pounds, and fell into the cycle of eating until I felt better, hating myself because I felt so fat and then eating more because I felt so alone. All of my cute and 'skinny' clothes got shoved to the back of the closet and I started living in yoga pants and t-shirts. That's pretty much been my life lately.
It is now 2013, and I weigh 387 lbs. I am remarried to a wonderful man, but I am miserable. I have been mad at myself for a long time. After all, I've gained back the 90 lbs I had lost, plus another 50! I get winded doing almost nothing. I cannot put my own socks or shoes on. My husband has to do that for me. Walking for even 5 minutes (even on a flat road) pretty much kills me. I often need help in the shower. I wheeze at night when I try to sleep. I avoid family functions and have started wearing sports bras because I felt bad constantly asking my husband to fasten them. It seems that pretty much every activity or venture out of the house depends on how I feel or if I think I'm 'up to it'. I am done with worrying every night if this is the night that I die in my sleep. I am almost 36, and too young to be like this.
My favorite Medifast foods have arrived, I have a good support system and I start tomorrow. I am a stronger person now and realize that I am worthy on my own. I cannot dictate other people's decisions, but I deserve a healthy life despite what happens around me. Wallowing in my past mistakes won't change the course I'm on, and if I don't do something now, I don't think I'll make it to 40. I'm not perfect, but I'll be honest with this group and will do what I can to encourage all of you as well!
Edited by: BOKBOKBAGOK at: 3/12/2013 (18:45)