My Journey

I’m sure everyone can relate when I say “That every year that comes, it’s the same thing. We make a new year’s resolution that we sometimes start and do not stick to or we make a list of things we never get done because life takes over.”  I’m no different then you are. I always made the same resolution get in shape, eat healthier and save money. You know, “blah blah blah”. Then 2018 came.

 

Let me tell you how 2018 changed my life for the better. But I must start by telling you a little about who I ‘am. I ‘am a 33-year-old single mom who for the last 7 years has been living with Multiple Sclerosis. MS (a disease in which the immune system eats away at the protective covering of the nerves) basically my immune systems attack my own body.  On top of that I was very overweight, i was told I likely needed knee surgery and low self-esteem. I had struggled for years trying to lose weight. I tried every diet that I could find. I went and saw a doctor about weight loss and even made myself sick from not eating trying to lose weight. Yes, that was me the typical person like everyone else trying to lose weight. Never understanding what I was doing wrong and why I couldn’t lose weight. I’m sure everyone can relate to this.

 

January 18th, 2018, I woke up got on the scale as usual and to my surprise I was 250 lbs. Yes, that’s right 250lbs. I knew right then I had to do something about it. I immediately started to make a change. I went into the kitchen and throughout all the junk food in the house and all the bread. I told my kids it was time for us to become healthier and take better care of ourselves.  My kids were supportive. They help me make a grocery list of healthy food ideas and we searched Pinterest for new healthy food ideas. I joined a gym also.  For a couple of weeks, I was doing great and had lost some weight. I was proud of myself and to celebrate I had a piece of chocolate cake. I’m sure you are saying that not to bad right. Well, it was! Things went downhill from there. I started not eating completely right and thought I could cheat every now and then and it will be okay. Wrong Wrong Wrong. I was still going to the gym but all I was doing at the gym was walking on the treadmill and that was taking me nowhere fast. I left the gym that day depressed and went to get ice cream. It ALL WENT DOWNHILL from there…

 

April 20th, 2018 I was laying in bed surfing Groupon as I was always do. I came across Jose at True Primal Fitness. As I’m reading about what he does. My daughter walks in and says “hey mom you want to go to the gym with me?” I told her “no, I gave up on that.” She said “you teach us to never give up.” She repeated my words to me “If there is a will then there is away”. You know she was right. How do I face my kids if I tell them they have to work hard at the things they want to achieve? That was just what I needed. I bought Jose’s package and told myself that maybe he can help.  I went to meet Jose 5 days later April 25th My birthday.

5 months later I have achieved my goal not without struggles along the way. While training with Jose, I was in a car accident and ended up with a concussion, whiplash and a shoulder injury. My shoulder injury ended up needing surgery, but I did not let it stop me. I kept going to see Jose and following his meal plans. If that wasn’t enough, I was pushed down a flight of stairs a couple of weeks later.  I had a skull fracture and hurt my shoulder even more. I know, you’re like “wow that a lot!” But you know something, I did not let it stop me. I kept working out and following my meal plan. I was told by Jose and the doctors I had to take some time to rest. I was angry. I felt that I was giving up and I couldn’t. I had to be an example for my kids. Now I weigh 154 lbs. I no longer need knee surgery and my MS is doing good. I feel great and can do more activities with my kids. Best of all, my kids are proud of me. What got me through all the hard days were these two things: My daughter reminded me of ‘’If there is a will there is away”” and Jose saying “What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger.”  This journey has made me stronger, healthier and a better version of myself.

The moral of my story is you are the only person holding you back. If you put in the work, it will pay off. Do not let any obstacles stand in your way of being the best healthy you possible.

Thank you, Jose, for your help in my journey.

 250 pounds to 154 in 6 months

250 pounds to 154 in 6 months