The Journey To Now (Cole’s Notes)

Weight loss and I have been best friends since 2008. It all started after my boyfriend at the time, broke up with me because I was “getting too fat”. I was already overweight when I met him and I thought he loved me for who I was….but nope. He claimed he was worried about me and my health, but didn’t want to stick around to help me out. He totally could have been more supportive, but chose to end things instead. The guy had a six pack for crying out loud!! Mmmmm six pack. Anyways, I digress.

That summer we had a family reunion. My Aunt had joined Herbal Magic and looked pretty foxy. She had lost so much weight!! I was inspired and got my Dad to pay for me to do it and I did really well. I lost 83lbs total. I went from a size 22 to a size 8/10. I felt amazing, but because I was a student, I couldn’t afford the super pricey costs associated with the program. I had to stop taking the supplements. I quit Herbal Magic. I also met my current boyfriend, and there was a lot of date nights and poor food choices. (It took years for me to understand what I needed from him for support and how to express that to him)

One day I was watching The Today Show, and a woman was on talking about her 100lbs+ weight loss through the use of myfitnesspal. I went on the website and got tracking. I tracked pretty religiously, but it wasn’t the same kind of accountability I needed. Even when I met my supremo amazing personal trainer, Jerry, I couldn’t keep the weight down. She was (and still is!) a huge inspiration to me. She got me to do some pretty crazy things (well, crazy for me) – but I still wasn’t able to find the right balance.

In July 2014, I realized I had been using MFP for so long but not getting anywhere – there had to be another way! I went with a friend to a Weight Watchers meeting. I just wanted to see what it was all about and if it was something I might be interested in. And you know what? I LOVED IT!!! Despite going to a meeting filled with retirees out in Suburbia, I felt a connection to those people. THEY WERE MY PEOPLE. I joined that day and haven’t looked back. I found a meeting near me and have connected with my leader, Christine. She’s amazing.

Last night, I was asking an acquaintance about some alternate exercises and protein shakes and I stumbled on www.bodybuilding.com Now, I’m no bodybuilder, and I have zero desire to be one. But I got inspired by all the FREE WORKOUT PLANS. I downloaded one I liked, and started it today. Let me tell you. I can’t walk properly. My arms and legs are jelly. It hurts to sit on the toilet (TMI, but you know, we’re friends, it’s okay). For the first time in a long time, I feel like I’m finding my way into a place where I can sustain the life style changes I’m making.

Thanks for taking the time to read, I really appreciate your interest and support to keep me going! Find me on instagram @kristimingo and Twitter @kristimingo

Now don’t mind me….I’m going to waddle my way over to my bed.

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