Creating and sustaining change can be one of the most frustrating pieces of your health journey. Most of us have firsthand experience with the yo-yo effect, where we seem to make monumental progress forward with losing weight and being active only to relapse into our old behaviors. We gain the weight back, and we became even more disheartened.
The numbers speak for themselves:
60% of us get no regular physical activity. 25% of us get no activity at all. 50% of those who begin exercising quit within six months. 90% of all exercise equipment is unused and relegated to a coat rack or cat perch one year after purchase. What do these statistics tell us? That until you’ve gotten your weight under control, increased your flexibility, developed a more active lifestyle, and organized your daily choices to support health, the honest truth is that launching yourself into a full-blown exercise program just isn’t likely to be successful.
Amy’s transformation is absolutely incredible and inspirational! Here is what she shares:
“I’m usually a fairly private person, but I’ve decided to make my journey public in order to help others in their own journeys. A few of you have seen me in person in the past year, but most of you have not. I’ve lost 120 pounds, and if you’ll indulge me for a bit, I’d love to share my story with you.
My journey began on April 2, 2012. I weighed 248.5 pounds and was in the obese BMI category. Even now, it is hard to write and really acknowledge that sentence. I was 36 and the mother of twin three-year-old girls.
My personal epiphany took place when I read an article that said the number one factor in a child’s health and weight when she became an adult was that of her mother’s. Reading those words really struck a nerve with me. Here I had two little ones who were looking to me as a model for their own health, and I was failing to do it. I told myself that, Lord willing, I would be here in another year, and I could either be at or close to my goal weight or do nothing and weigh the same or more. I decided to make this dramatic change in my life because my husband and daughters deserve to have a healthy and happy wife and mommy.
I followed the plan, and the plan worked for me. Now for the numbers. I am now 120 pounds lighter. I went from a size 22W to a 4/6. I admit that I do enjoy clothes shopping now, but, for me, the most important accomplishment is being in a healthy BMI category. I have increased my chances of living to see my grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
I have a hard time believing that I now weigh what I weighed in high school. I have found such a sense of renewed life and health that, after much consideration and endless conversations with James, I became a Certified Health Coach in May of 2014 so that I could help other people achieve what I have.”