So, I didn’t post anything for a while on my journey back to my original self with Core Fusion at exhale. Let’s just say that life got to be more than a little hectic for the past few months. But that doesn’t mean I wasn’t doing the DVDs at home or whenever I could sneak in a workout.
I wanted to do report progress but I’m going to do something that I never thought I would do, which is show photos of me at my maximum weight. I’m doing this so you can understand that the transformation that’s been made is nothing short of spectacular and to beg you NOT to systematically close your eyes and brain during the holidays. PLEASE don’t wait until January 1st to start living your life.
Here’s what can happen if you get sick and tired of being sick and tired.
This photo was taken of me August 17, 2008. This is right before I started Fashion.Style.Beauty. I had moved to NYC but was still grappling with a lot of personal pain that led me to eat and drink my feelings for a really long time. The sweet girl in the photo is named Asante. You’ll note that I strategically placed her in front of myself so people couldn’t see exactly how big I was. Let me point out that I had lost 15 lbs from my top weight of 241 at this point.
Here’s another photo from the same day to show the sheer size of my body (no one to hide behind in this photo.) I had seen a nurse at work three days earlier who diagnosed me with high blood pressure. My doctor basically said that I was obese and at risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and a host of other maladies if I didn’t get my weight under control. It would be another two year or so before I “kind of” listened.
Ok, so let’s show the photo of me right as I started the Core Fusion challenge. I’m at 200 lbs in this photograph. Even though I was doing multiple spinning and weight training classes at my gym, it took me 2 years to drop those 26lbs (let’s say that I wasn’t exactly dedicated nor eating correctly.) I’m acting really confident in this photo with designer Kenneth Cole, but inside I’m cringing that there’s going to be one more photo of me out there not feeling good about myself. I started classes exactly three weeks after this.
Ready for the current photo? THIS is what I mean by how working out, eating right, sleeping and taking care of yourself can help. TA-DA!
YES! I am down 34 lbs now to a svelte 166. I used the DVDs for two months when I couldn’t make it to classes, but here I am, back in the swing of things. I’m only 20 lbs away from my goal body weight. Also, I have normal blood pressure (113/65, thank you very much) and I’m out of the target risk zone for diabetes, stroke and every other health issue I had.
I’m writing this post to tell you that PLEASE know that there is no time like the present to get your body back into a healthy shape and to give yourself a second chance at life. Don’t wait until after the holidays. PLEASE don’t do that. I packed on additional weight with the excuse of the New Year’s Resolution for YEARS. Your life is waiting. Please know that if I can do it with a ridiculously hectic schedule that you can, too.
I’m only 20 lbs away from my goal weight. If I can do it, anyone can. You’re life is calling. It’s time to answer.