This was me in 2008. I was 5’7″ and 221 pounds. I’ve struggled with my weight for most of my life but never like this.
Back when I was twenty-two I was a little overweight and when I decided to get in shape it didn’t take long. My dream back then was to open a full service gym, complete with chiropractor, massage therapist, naturopath, nutritionist and accupuncturist. A one stop shopping place. It would have a juice bar where you could get healthy snacks to refuel. Problem was I hadn’t won the lottery. But I was very health conscious and wanted to help others take care of their health too but nutritionists were few and far between 27 years ago.
Somewhere along the line I got lost. Between losing my job, money being so tight, losing my self-confidence and my drive, my weight started to creep up and my health slowly started to decline.
Fast forward to September 14, 2011 when I was at my unhealthiest. I went to work one day and my body locked up on me. So I called the clinic and said I don’t care who or when, I needed help. They said they had a new massage therapist on staff who had 90 minutes available. I said book it. Then I cleared it with my manager.
That was the day that changed my life. Andrew (my RMT) talked to me for 90 minutes about my health and about life and told me I needed to reduce my circumference. I didn’t know whether to laugh or slap him. He offered to help me. That was the beginning of a beautiful relationship which has lasted 3 years so far. My friends and family (and especially my husband) had to endure a year of “Andrew said this” and “Andrew said that”. A year of “Andrew doesn’t want me eating this” or “I can’t drink that”. It drove them crazy I’m sure. But as I explained to a few friends, it’s like I had spent years in a deep, dark hole, desperate to get out but having no idea how. Andrew reached his hand down into that hole, grabbed me and dragged me up into the light. And for that I will always love this man. He not only changed me life … he saved it. Of course I did the work, but if it wasn’t for his knowledge and his perseverence working with me, I’m afraid I might not be here.
I set a goal of losing 60 pounds in 1 year. I beat that goal by 2 pounds. And it’s a good thing I did this when I did because at the 1 year mark I started school to become a Holistic Nutritionist … a decision that has changed me forever. Andrew inspired me to pursue my dreams and while I will likely never open a full service gym unless I win a lottery, I can help others get their health back and to pay it forward.
My husband Barry has been amazing through this whole process. He supported me, never got jealous of Andrew (there was never any reason for him to even though I talked about Andrew ALL the time), let me get side tracked and supported me as i got my life back together.
It has not been easy. I’ve questioned my dedication, my ability, my worthiness. But I stuck with it. And despite some challenges along the way, I have triumphed and I am a much better, happier, stronger person because of it.
This is me now. It is possible to change, despite the obstacles. You just have to believe in yourself.