Rhonda's Story - Losing Weight Naturally CAN BE DONE!
Read on to find out how Rhonda (now a Certified FRESH Start Coach!) lost over 140 pounds without shakes, pills or surgery...she is a passionate woman living on purpose to now serve others who struggle with weight loss! You will be highly encouraged as you read her amazing story...
Seven years ago on a chilly February afternoon, I decided to bring my friends together to my home for a special Valentine's Day celebration. Most of them were single during the season so celebrating how much they were appreciated and loved was significant. I will never forget that day: it was also the day I discovered my internal mantra and message that I would go on to live by and spread as my mission: "I Simply Love Her." I've always had a passion to help others to both recognize and acknowledge their worth and purpose. In 2009, I even started to host vision board workshops to help women create visuals that represented their self-love and purpose meeting their destiny.
One life changing day three years ago, I asked a co-worker: "If you came to one of my workshops, would you be able to receive this message of vision from me while I carry this weight?" Her honest response was: "Please don't get offended by my honesty, but I find it repulsive when people carry around that amount of weight." Repulsive...it cut like a knife, but I was determined to take those words as fuel to begin the quest of my life. I was determined to face the fight that I had been running from for years. I ultimately faced my most difficult challenger: myself.
In the wee hours of morning faced with desperation and a spirit of willingness, I fervently prayed and resolved that something had to be done; after talking with my husband, we agreed that I would get weight loss surgery.
In June 2012, we embraced the surgery process and started all the testing, awaiting a surgery date. All was going according to plan, until my life was interrupted on August 28, 2012; I lost my job leaving me without health insurance.
Weight-loss surgery was no longer an option for me.
In despair, I attempted once again to lose the weight. I began to take daily walks and boy, was it challenging; I did not realize that I had put on so much weight, that my back would scream in excruciating pain with every morning walk. Still, I did not give up and began to have faith that an answer would soon come.
One day while watching a commercial on television, a familiar face introduced a woman who shared her stirring, weight loss journey and triumph, encouraging her listening audience to call, to which I heeded.
I heard many a success story of people who lost hundreds of pounds and were able to maintain their target weight without surgery, pills or shakes.
However, plans involving this level of success, usually required a significant monetary investment and since money was tight I decided those types of programs were not for me. I was referred to a program that required no pills or shakes and just required me to make more deliberate healthy choices at the grocery store.
On January 4, 2013, I started my journey and with the help of Skype I talked to a lady in Africa that began to walk me through the plan.
My family structure has changed because I'm not in my room loathing over an empty life filled with shame, guilt and depression. Finally, I look forward to eating healthy, living and sharing recipes with others.
With much excitement and hard work, I started to train in May 2014 for my first obstacle course with a team of ladies from our group, "Team Burn It Up Onpurpose." Since l started my weight loss journey, I knew there would be others that needed the support and accountability of a group to encourage, empower and motivate them through our weight loss journey.
It is personally amazing to hear and see the achievements of others; it gives me the motivation to keep on going and I love it.
As a wife, mother, leader and speaker, I'm constantly reminded of the daily tasks and full schedule I have. However, what I keep in the forefront of my everyday commitments is me, making self-love a priority. Clean eating and meditation with God is part of my lifestyle, in addition to continually remembering that I need to have a fitness slot on my calendar to keep moving. Fitness is key in maintaining continued success.
My plan follows a 12-step motto and was a bit challenging at first, but it continues to give me discipline, support and the accountability I need.
Its been over two years and I still have thirteen pounds left to lose to reach my goal of losing 154 lbs; there is no doubt with continued focus and hard work, I will succeed.
This journey has been more than awesome, it's been indescribable and I would not take away one moment. Most of all I am grateful; before it was hard for me to walk in the message of loving self after a life of failed yo- yo diets, many obstacles, the death of my mother and living in constant fear. However, I now have the tools I need to succeed and maintain my success. Some days are up and some are not so up, but I can truly say there is a new-found fight in me to make wellness part of my story. I now "Simply Love Myself" for making this decision!