Jen’s Journey

Now I am down 40 pounds. I have experienced the joy of shopping for all new clothes and the joy of getting rid of all my old clothes because they were too big.

Jen's Journey

I came to the program in May after lots of struggle. My dad died last July, and all I did for months was eat and drink. I was punishing my body because of grief and who knows what else. Guilt? Because I didn't feel like I deserved to be thin? Because I didn't deserve to have a healthy body? Because it was too much work? Probably, more than anything else, because I was afraid. I was afraid to try because I was afraid to fail.

But with the support I got from Rachel and Ally (and I know I will get from Alex when I get the chance to work with him), I did not fail. Granted, there have been some weeks that were not as stellar as others. And there were times when I had the odd beer or glass of wine. I wavered now and again. But throughout it all, I could see results. My first two weeks I lost ten pounds (is there where I say "results not typical"?). What a boost! I worked really hard at staying on plan. My husband held me when I cried through the sugar DTs (I didn't even know that was a thing; but sugar was the bane of my existence; now I don't even crave it anymore, Hallelujah!). But I made it out the other side.

Now I am down 40 pounds. I have experienced the joy of shopping for all new clothes and the joy of getting rid of all my old clothes because they were too big. It always gives me a jolt when someone says, "Wow! You look great! Have you lost weight?" "Why, yes. Yes, I have." "How did you do it?" "The Group Weight Management Program," I proudly tell them.

It's been a struggle. Some days have been great, some days not so much. Has it been worth it? Absolutely! Would I do it again. Yes. Why? Because I am better for all the work, all the tears, all the resisting of temptation, and even the giving in. I have learned something about myself. Every. Single. Day. Just when you think you have this thing beat, it comes back and beats you. But you cannot let it win. You have to be stronger than it is. And you are. You can do this.

As for me, I had to do this. I'd like to say, "I did," but that would imply I am done. I don't know if I will ever be "done." This will be work for a long time for me. But that's okay. I understand that. And I know I will sometimes stumble. But that's okay. 

But I am proud of myself. I'm not quite to goal, and I am slowing my loss down. But that's because I am starting to run and lift weights again and I need to start adding food which I now view as fuel. I am continuing to make improvements to my body and feel so much better. I have more energy, I no longer avoid getting my picture taken. I feel good and I look good. This has been a life changer for me, and I say that with new pride and confidence.

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