Life showed me I needed to change.
I joined Journeys on June 18, 2013. After having two children, unhealthy eating habits and a relatively sedentary lifestyle, I’d reached my heaviest weight. Throughout my 20’s I’d just kept gaining weight.
I was wearing size 22 jeans.
After my first son was born, I was working full time and not making time to take care of myself. I made poor food choices and I didn’t exercise at all, so after my second child was born I was the heaviest I had ever been. I didn’t feel well and had zero energy. It was hard to get down on the floor and play with my kids.
Two things happened that made me more determined than ever to change my life.
The first was a trip with my family to Silver Dollar City. My four-year-old wanted me to ride the swings with him. I told him I couldn’t because I didn’t think I could fit in the seat. I had to pass on the roller coaster for the same reason. The second thing was taking my oldest to his checkup. I was told he was overweight. I had to sit there and listen as his doctor gave me healthy eating tips and other advice. It broke my heart! Not only were my unhealthy habits affecting myself, they were also affecting my children. I called to schedule myself for a weight loss program the very next week.
The first week of Journeys was overwhelming. Learning to be okay with feeling hungry, and adding activity into my everyday life was a challenge. The workouts were tough - working out when you aren’t in shape is not an enjoyable experience. One thing we hear a lot during our workouts is “Mind over Matter!” Our minds are more powerful than we think. You have to train your brain to let your body go where it doesn’t want to.
I’ve lost 90 pounds and have never felt better.
I very much enjoy being active now and at a healthy weight. I have the confidence to do things I would never have done as an overweight person.