With a life style change focused on health, Stephanie successfully lost 100 pounds!  After failing with all of the quick fixes and pills, Stephanie realized that she had “dieted herself to obesity.”  Read her story to learn how a natural approach with the focus on health and fitness can help you too!

It was the winter of 1998, and it should have been the happiest time of my life.  I was marrying the man of my dreams and attended the final fitting of my wedding gown.  My reverie was interrupted when the seamstress stated:  “Now don’t get any fatter before the wedding. We can’t make the dress any bigger.”

As shocking as this woman’s comment was, I knew she was right.  My wedding dress was a size 24.  I had a history of “yo-yo” dieting.  My doctor had recently prescribed Redux.  I had lost ten pounds and gained back 20 when the drug was taken off the market.  About three months after I was married, I was standing in the shower and realized I couldn’t see my feet.  I knew I had to do something.  At 26 years old, I knew it was a critical time to do something about my weight.

In July of 1998, I began a healthy eating program.  I increased my intake of fruits, vegetables and dietary fiber and cut out all of the “junk” I was eating.  The weight began to roll off.  Once I had shed 10 pounds, I began to walk.  Slowly at first, 3.5 mph for a mile, and then as I continued to lose weight, I upped the intensity.  When I lost 30 pounds, I began to walk on an incline, at 4 mph, I was feeling great!

In December of 1998, I began to have severe pain in my abdomen.  I learned that I had gallbladder disease and needed surgery.  I remained very ill throughout the month of January developing jaundice and pancreatitis.  As disheartening as my illness was, it was a wake up cll to continue my journey to health.  When I was released from the hospital in late January 1999, I resumed my healthy eating and exercise regimen.  I had taken some steps back after the surgery, but I had a fierce determination to get healthy again.

By July I had lost 100 pounds and was jogging 2 to 3 miles a day!  My friends encouraged me to run in some local 5K races with them.  In September I ran in a local 5K race and came within one minute of placing third for my age category!  Total weight loss to date is 120 pounds.  I went from a size 24 to a size 8.  At 28, I feel younger that when I was 18, and I know I am in better shape.  When people ask how I did it, I tell them they have to make a commitment to themselves to be the best they can possibly be.  I learned after dieting myself into obesity that there are no simple answers or magic pills to help you lose weight.  It’s a lifestyle change and a lifelong commitment.



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