Do you find yourself looking in the mirror, asking yourself the question, "How did I get here?" I found myself reflecting on this question quite often when I was at my heaviest weight. I felt shame for being a healthcare professional and being out of shape. How could I tell patients in the hospital how to get better, when I couldn't follow my own advice? I was embarrassed to go anywhere because the clothes I had magnified the areas of my body I was most uncomfortable with, so I secluded myself.
I am sharing this because I know I am not alone, and neither are you. By being here, you have taken the first step in working toward making a change. A positive one. The first thing I started to realize on my journey towards change, was that I was playing a victim role. I was an emotional eater and when I was upset, I would overeat. I felt guilty and promised myself I wouldn't do it again, but I couldn't help it and it sent me into a downward spiral of feeling helpless and overwhelmed. I didn't have the tools I needed to address the deep seeded issues. Once I finally took control back of my mind and my body, I made the decision to join Noom, which has been the turning point to unlocking my future. My journey has not included any diet plans or extreme workout routines. I walk as much as I can during the day, and I eat fresh fruits and vegetables, and make the best food choices that I can. I choose each day to get up and try to be better than the day before, tuning into my body to listen for what it needs so I can live my best life!
If I can make this life change, you can too! I will be right here beside you, cheering you on when it gets hard, because it is hard. If it wasn't, you would have already done it. But anything that is worth having in life is worth the time and effort to achieve it. There are no "quick fixes," but there are decision points throughout your day that you can choose something different, and that adds up to big changes! I hope to see you soon!