All of my life, I’ve always struggled with my weight. In high school I stood at 5’10” and was always taller than all of my friends and the guys. I was shy, uncomfortable with myself, and even suffered from bulimia nervosa for several years. When I sought out help for my eating disorder, I took it seriously and I stopped purging, though I did continue binging. In one lunch hour I’d go from one fast food restaurant to another. I’d order double cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets, French fries, and a soda, and consume it without even blinking an eye. That’s at least 1,200 calories right there! Within four years after high school, I had gained 120 pounds.
In 2006 I was completely miserable and disgusted with myself. I was over 300 pounds, wearing a size 24-dress size, and even my feet were so fat that I had to go up a size in shoes. Food comforted me when I was lonely, and I celebrated with it when I was happy. My world revolved around food – junk food, that is. One day I looked in the mirror and I asked God if this was how I was going to be for the rest of my life. I asked him if I was just meant to be overweight and miserable, and I prayed for a sign.
On August 12, 2006, the day after I prayed to God, I was in a horrible car accident. I was driving home from work on the freeway, and a driver with a suspended license fell asleep at the wheel of a stolen vehicle and smashed into my car. Luckily I came out of the car accident with only a few cuts and bruises, though my car on the other hand was totaled. I felt so thankful that I was still alive. From looking at my car, I knew that was the sign from God that I was looking for.
The next day, I contemplated my life. I realized that I shouldn’t take life, nor my health for granted anymore. So, I decided that I was going to get back into shape, lose weight, and live a healthier and happier lifestyle. I started that day by walking just 15 minutes on the treadmill. Every day, for the first month, I’d walk 15 minutes a day on the treadmill. By September, I’d lost 25 pounds. I was happy, but I knew that I had a long way to go until I’d reach my goal weight, which was 175 pounds. In September I began making healthier choices with what I ate, and I increased my exercise to 30 minutes per day. Eventually, I became a vegetarian, and the cravings for cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets faded away. I replaced the cravings with low fat soy products and even learned how to cook vegetables in various ways.
In January 2007, I had lost about 75 pounds. Walking on the treadmill was becoming boring to me, so a friend of mine gave me a guest pass to workout with her at 24 Hour Fitness. I decided to join the gym and took a class listed as “TKB” on the class schedule. I was nervous because I’d never taken a cardio class before. I thought that I’d get too tired and wimp out. Boy, was I wrong!
Within just one hour of taking Turbo Kick I felt amazing. Not only did I feel like I had an all-over-body workout, but I was also very proud of myself for finishing an entire class without “wimping out.” The music in the class kept my attention, and I enjoyed the choreography of the routines. Turbo Kick became an immediate part of my workout three times a week.
By August 2007, one year after my car accident, I had lost 125 pounds. I went from a 24-dress size to a 12-dress size and a size 11 shoes to my normal size 10. I lost a total of 20 inches around my waist and felt the happiest that I’d ever been.
Today, I have managed to keep most of my weight off, though my new goal is to continue toning up and to lose 30 more pounds. That is where this Blog comes in -- This will be the place that documents my current weight loss journey.