This week's topic is turning points, what led you to yours, what was your trigger, and who helped you get there.
I could talk about my medications, how I was taking 7 every single day just to get through the day. How when I walked up the stairs in my house I was winded. How I snored so loudly at night that it was embarrassing. Or about how I was only able to shop in plus sized departments and or stores like Lane Bryant.
Honestly, I was morbidly obese BUT all of those things did not push me to get healthy, it was almost as if I had settled into being fat and just accepted it as my fate. I was going to be big and it was my 'body type' my crappy 'genetics' I had a million excuses. And then it happened.
I got pregnant... The Obgyn's are not nice to obese pregnant women. Well at least that was my experience. I had a hard time, but that is for another day.... It hit me when that tiny baby was put in my care.
She was relying on me, I was setting the example. Even if I worked so hard and made her food and fed her super healthy, she would watch me eating crap and soon start asking for it too. I wanted to set a better example for her. I sunk into a depression after she came, it was hard. When she was 6 months old I began doing research for a paper and saw horrifying statistics. If a child's parent is obese they have a 50% chance of being obese, if both parents are obese a child has an 80% chance of being obese (AACAP).... I did not want to give my daughter a 50% chance to be unhealty and miserable like I was. So when she was 6 and a half months old I made a choice.
I chose to join Weight Watchers and attempt to lose weight.I began losing weight and feeling better, and then I made some discoveries. I found out that I actually liked working out. I started to do more and more of it and then a funnier thing happened. I started jogging, and after some time I started liking it! I signed up for a 5K and thought, well what is the worst thing that can happen?
I loved it. In fact I signed up for another one. And then I decided I would attempt a half marathon... And I liked that so much I did 4 more this year ;)
Do you see those smiles?
I work now to earn her smiles and post race banans ;) those are her fave! I will run one more half marathon on Sunday making it 6 this year. And then I will go to Philly with my family by my side cheering as I run my first full marathon on November 20.
The best part of this? My daughter went from having a 50% chance to zero of being obese because she now has 2 healthy parents who are active. For me there is no greater reward then this :)
What was your turning point in your journey?