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After a life full of fighting my weight, I found myself firmly in enemy territory. My body was giving up the fight, and with a diagnosis of Hashimoto’s Disease, I surrendered.
When my thyroid finally found a place where it would stop freaking out, I was able to assume a normal life… aided by daily thyroid hormone supplements. But I felt so defeated. I no longer wanted to try dieting. I just did not care.
I found a place on the couch where I could sit comfortably with my laptop and allow myself to be absorbed into my career as a work from home mother and business owner. I only left home to go to the grocery store, our church, the occasional field trip, and a couple of blogging conferences… but I would much rather be at home in my yoga pants.
Wake up call
One afternoon, as I was working in my cozy spot of the couch, I glanced over at my son who was working beside me with his tablet. I noticed he had a shadow of a double chin… a double chin that looked a lot like mine. I saw his struggle to button his pants and his thickening waistline… that resembled one I saw each time I looked in the mirror.
The horror hit me like a chainsaw across my heart.
I was teaching my children to be just like me. In my efforts to show them how to be an entrepreneur and business owner, I was inadvertently guiding them towards a sedentary life where life is summarized by the size of your pants and not the success of your brand.
I was cursing my kids to be fat.
At first, I made excuses. I am busy. I have so much to do. I don’t have time to exercise.
Then, I left the television on one day as I was working and a program came on about a woman who weighed over 600 pounds. My daughter walked through the living room and paused to watch for a moment. She asked a few questions and then began to cry.
“Will she die?” she sobbed.
“If she doesn’t stop eating so much and moving so little… yes,” I replied.
My words boomeranged around the room and when she quietly walked down the hallway, they hit me with full-force.
None of these people ever planned to weigh 600 pounds. As a matter of fact, most said they had no idea what brought them to their current plight. But, if I allowed myself to remain in my delusion, I would soon be a candidate for that program.
Finding a mentor
I traveled more than normal in 2014, and at every place I stopped, I was greeted by the friendly (and skinny) arms of Toni Anderson from The Happy Housewife. She is the epitome of fit, and yet her schedule is ten times as busy as mine. Even so, she still finds time to exercise.
I asked her what she did to stay in such excellent shape and she told me about the changes she had made to her diet and exercise routine that had created the gorgeous woman I saw. I thought about her advice, and after a family vacation to Orlando where we were able to spend a lot of time with Toni and her family, I decided to ask for help. I needed accountability. I needed someone to kick me in the pants.
She looked at me skeptically. “Are you sure? My Dad doesn’t call me ‘Sunshine’ without reason.” Yes, I had heard the stories of Toni cracking the whip over her family as they worked through a huge renovation, and that whipping is exactly what I needed.
So, when Toni launched her #FitforGood Challenge on January 5th, I was the first in line.
I weighed in at just over 260 pounds. My BMI placed me in the category of being “morbidly obese.”
My Thin Story
This is not going to be easy to maintain. As my life has shown, weight can be a rollercoaster full of twists and turns that we cannot anticipate. However, I am assuming this new lifestyle with a new motivation… my family. I need them to see what life is all about. That exercise can be fun. That food is NOT a friend. I need to give them the tools they can use to live long healthy lives… and I need to use those tools in my own life so that I can be there to see when they start turning gray.
So this is not the end, but the beginning… welcome to My Thin Story.
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