By Brenda Forsyth
Growing up I was always a heavy kid, and as I hit my teenage years I managed to gain even more. Everyone would always tell me “oh you are just big boned” or “you are so pretty and wear it well”.
Inside I was like, yeah right. I didn’t show it, but it really bothered me. Thank God I was never picked on or teased about it.
I moved away from my home in Iowa to Mesa Arizona in 1996. This is when I started packing on the pounds even more. Life hit me. The responsibilities of adulthood, no real friends or family around, a terrible relationship of 11 years and motherhood.
FAST FORWARD TO 2003
My beautiful daughter was born, and I was huge. We found out she had two strokes in utero. I knew right then I needed to better my health for the unknown journey ahead of me. I needed to be a healthy mom. So I focused on the bad things in my life but only to get rid of them. My daughter and I moved back home to Iowa to be with family, and I quit smoking cold turkey. I also ended a very stressful and abusive relationship with my now ex-husband.
FOUR YEAR TRANSFORMATION IN THE MAKING
Weighing over 300 pounds wearing a plus size 26 and a BMI of 46.2 was not healthy and I knew it could cause so many health risks. I was so scared before surgery not knowing what would happen but I needed to do it, I decided to have the Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass surgery for weight loss.
NOT THE EASY WAY OUT
It wasn’t easy. People think that it is an easy way out but it really isn’t. It’s a lifelong process. It’s a helping tool and I still have the mental aspect to deal with. Hearing the voice in my head telling me to “eat all of the food because it tastes good”. I now have to listen to my new smaller size stomach. If I don’t, I know I will get sick, have lots of pressure and vomit or dump. It’s not a good feeling but I know my limits now. It’s a battle I sometimes fight.
THE CONTROL OF FOOD
Knowing now how food can control you I eventually found the strength to fight and win the mental battle. Learning and choosing the foods that benefit me over the foods that are bad for me is key. I have a new outlook on nutrition, I gained a new life, a healthier life and i want to preach it. Sharing better ways of eating, knowing what supplements and protein will benefit other’s health is motivating to me.
WEIGHT LOSS SUCCESS
I still have cravings for the bad foods that taste so good but I don’t want to go back to 313 lbs. There was always a skinny girl screaming to get out of an obese body and here I am! This transformation was eleven years in the making and I am holding steady with 153 lbs gone for good. I’m now in a healthy size 6-8 and and weigh 160 lbs with no regain. I am living and loving life with my new husband and my 15 year old daughter. We are all healthy, happy and doing great. Life is Good!
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