I found a way to commit to me, and my boys needed a good role model. My career, my family life, all things just seemed to finally fall into place. I am a nurse; I knew that I couldn't live that way anymore, and for years I tortured my body and convinced myself that it was heredity, that there was no way out...I was wrong.
The biggest challenge was portion control, especially snacking and emotional eating. I also had trouble finding enough time during the week to get to the gym or out for a walk and balancing the kids, work, and school. But I did it!
I am in a plateau now, after losing 100 pounds, and I have hit one at least once before. I don't want to go back to the way things were before. I often have to re-focus and am working very hard at maintenance. I find ways to shake up my workouts. I tend to get stuck in a rut sometimes and do what I have been doing because it worked at first. Making changes helps me to push through. My last plateau was passed by doing my first 5K.
I feel stronger, inside and out. I have more confidence and feel more able to conquer work and life challenges. I feel like I am able to better help people because I proved I can help myself. There is nothing worse than trying to teach a patient about healthy eating when you're almost 300 pounds yourself!
My best advice is: Never give up, be honest with yourself and always lean on others to help you along the way!