I am actually wearing the same size jeans I wore in high school, and that is huge for me.
I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life, but it really started to pick up again after having my 2 babies. It was like a snowball effect: I was battling with like postpartum depression and the stress of having had kids at a young age, then I tore my ACL and was a little immobile for a while. To add on to things, I developed blood clots in my legs which led to even more immobility & depression, plus I was in nursing school at the time.
I would try different diets here and there, but the weight never stayed off. I decided that I needed a different solution when I stepped on the scale one day expecting to have lost weight, but discovering that I gained 14 pounds.
“I was unbelievably upset and hated everything about myself. I was depressed and felt so far gone by how much weight I had gained. So, I decided to give Red Mountain a try.”
Since then, my whole life has changed and I owe a huge thanks to Red Mountain for that. I always felt like I had support if I needed it & somebody to help me I messed up. They were always there cheering me on. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without everyone involved!
Being a nurse, I know how bad being overweight is for your heart, your bones, your joints – everything. Having a normal BMI and not being labeled as “obese” on my medical records is so relieving. I’m able to do more things physically, like get on the floor with my kids without feeling like I’m going to struggle to get back up. Plus, I can finally tie my shoes! Overall, I look so much better — my skin is so clear and I’ve even had people tell me that I you look younger now. I used to hate buying clothes, but now I don’t!
I turned to food to deal with the unbelievable stress, but it got out of control.
People used to make rude comments to me like “Oh, you’re a big girl”. Now, I don’t walk into rooms anymore with fear that somebody is going to comment on my weight. When I went to Disneyland with my kids, I didn’t have to worry about fitting on rides or people thinking “Oh my God, that lady is so fat” — I’ve had that happen before and it’s humiliating. I don’t have to worry anymore.
“To succeed, you have to realize that you’re stronger than your unhealthy urges. It’s hard — nothing in life that is worth having is going to be easy. You have to go into it knowing that you’re not going to be perfect, but that you can’t give up. It’s going to change your whole life.”