went from nightly snacking
to 9 mile hikes
I went from struggling to tie my shoes to now going on nine mile hikes.
Being overweight made it next to impossible to enjoy even the smallest of tasks. Even briskly walking through the office got me winded let alone attempting to run. Shopping for clothes just became a basic ‘whatever I could hide in’ task. It had gotten to the point I had to hold my breath to tie my own shoes! Because I was so limited in mobility I was unable to enjoy hardly anything– anything but going to the bar. I began to go daily, and we all know how calories can quickly add up with alcohol. My eating had gotten out of control, because what do you also do at bars? Eat bar food. Drinking as frequently as I was without any physical activity, the weight just continued to pack on. Before I knew it, I was pushing out of a size 20 into a size 22, and hit 264.8, which is the heaviest I can ever recall being.
From that point, I started lifestyle changes, from not spending money on as much alcohol and focusing on trying to eat healthier. I tried diet after diet, a ride many of us have been on. But I was still overweight and still did not feel like me. And then everything changed – COVID hit and the world came to a complete stop. Everything shut down, and suddenly I no longer had the bar to go to. So, I dove hard into RM3®, and I quit drinking altogether.
Because of the RM3® program, I gradually lost weight and started to do hikes. I went from struggling to tie my shoes to now going on nine mile hikes. I am more mobile than I have ever been able to be for as long as I can remember. I have been able to see things I would have only seen on TV or in magazines because of my new lifestyle. I have been able to explore my photography and off-road in my 4×4 jeep. I feel like anything is possible, and not because of the size pants I wear, but because I can actually move, look back, and see what I accomplished. If I can accomplish losing 110 lbs., which is the size of a small human, it just makes me think, ‘What else can I do and accomplish?’ I am human like all of us, we have our ups and downs, our good and bad days. But I am sure going to try to make each day a good one over bad one if I can help it. I did not give up on myself. Only I could stop myself from eating a large pizza and cookie brownie. Now I can continue living the life I always dreamed of. And the odds are in my favor, for even longer now.