Congratulations to Dusty Pierce, Amy Pierce and Eric Goldstein! Their stories are below:
Even though my healthy lifestyle journey started just about a month ago, I figured I would write you anyway to tell you about it. It's the not the first time that I started a healthier lifestyle, but its definitely the most dedicated and most promising.
I was not always fat. As a kid I was actually what most people called " A Stick." I was always looked at as a shy kid even though I never saw myself as shy, I was just quiet kid. Now with hindsight I can now say that at age 13 is when I started gaining weight. There was no major event in my life. No family members dying, no family abuse, no body injuries, or anything. I was just a quiet kid that didn't have many friends and found comfort in watching TV and eating. I guess you would call me a closet eater. I would stay up late at night, when everybody else was asleep and watch TV and eat. Being young I was able to stay up to 2 or 3am and still wake up at 630am everyday to go to school. I would then come home, watch TV and stuff my face again before my parents came home. Before I knew it, high school came and went, and when I started college I was probably around 260lbs. Which wasn't too bad for someone 6'2". But the weight didn't stop there. Through out college my habits of watching TV all night and eating blew me up. Then one day, I took deiced to take a theater class which changed my life forever. The whole class became friends and started hanging out outside the classroom on a nightly basis. It was amazing. Instead of going home after school and work to eat, I would go hang out with my friends. One of my friends was big into fitness and we started working out right after work until the gym closed. Even when I didn't want to go, he would find me and pull me to the gym. After months of daily workouts, I lost a lot of weight. It was amazing. I was having the time of my life and girls were all over me. (Not to toot my own horn or anything) Eventually it all had to come to end. I stopped working out with him over a girl and I started gaining the weight back. I was back to my old habits of eating late and not exercising. Which lead to the girl leaving too.
Eventually I got back onto my feet and I found I girl that didn't just look at me for my looks but looked deeper into me and loved me for me. To make a long story short, I married her in 2007. Three years later we had our daughter. There were a lot of issues with the pregnancy and right after with the baby, but it all turned out great. Today she a very beautiful happy normal 3 year old. Except for her parents being obese. I always told myself I would lose the weight when found a girl, then it turned into when I had a kid, and now both of those have past and I'm still morbidly obese. I just kept making excuses after excuses and saying I would do it when, X happened.
The turning point for me, is actually a shared turning point with my wife. We were told by a doctor not to try and get pregnant because it wasn't worth the risk for the baby and my wife. Right then and there in the doctors office I could see the disappointment in my wife's eye and I was feeling the same way. Even though its partially a joke, I always said I wanted to have 8 boys. So hearing that we shouldn't have anymore was devastating to me. My wife started asking questions about adoptions and surrogacy. Both of which are out of the question for me. Then we came to the conclusion that the only possible way to have more children was for my wife to lose weight. Then the doctor started to say it doesn't matter if I lost the weight because I was only concerned to him as sperm donor. Which he didn't mean to say in a mean way, he was just being technical in the world of baby making. But right after he said what he said, I screamed, "of course I will lose the weight. I not going to let my wife do this alone." Well right after that doctors appointment nothing was set in stone yet about how we would lose the weight, but a couple weeks later, my wife was invited to a zumba class and long story short, she got addicted to it. With her new addiction I had to find a way to workout, eat right, and lose the weight myself. So after thinking about it for a while, I realized I could turn a hobby of mine into a weight loss regimen.
I know I am at the start of a very long journey, with a lot of hills and bumps along the way, but I know this is it. There is no looking back. I'm not going to let that happen because my family deserves more, I deserve more and I hope that I help people lose weight along the way.
My name is Amy Curtis and this is my weight loss/healthy lifestyle change story, thus far.
I've always been a big kid. When I was in 5th grade, my teacher asked me, "Amy, why are you so heavy?" I didn't know what to say so I said the first thing that came to my mind, which was a total lie-- "I don't have much of an opportunity to exercise." The teacher then had me walk up and down the stairs at school when I would complete my work. It was humiliating.
Obesity carried on into adulthood. One day in 2008, at age 30, for some unknown reason, the reality that I weighed 331 pounds hit me. I joined a weight loss support group called TOPS (take off pounds sensibly). I lost about 20 pounds and then got stuck there because the only lifestyle change I had made was attending a weekly meeting.
In 2011, I bought a new journal and it had a space to fill in a goal. I randomly wrote "Be happy". And so, when the first of the month rolled around, I focused on my own happiness. I am normally a people pleaser and feel guilty if people aren't happy with me or if I haven't done enough for them. But with this new "Be happy" month, I focused on what *I* wanted. I let hurts go. I ignored what others wanted from me if it would hinder what *I* wanted.
It really was a selfish time, but it was exactly what I needed. I found myself dancing in the kitchen like a teenager. I found myself making better food choices and going for walks for the alone time. Although I couldn't physically run, I could feel the run in me and I knew that when the weight came off, I would run.
Speaking of weight coming off, it was. I lost 81 pounds. I walked/ran in two 5k's, which was a huge thing for me.
I was only 60 pounds from goal when my dad was diagnosed with terminal, stage 4 lung cancer. I could no longer be happy no matter how hard I tried. There was no dancing in the kitchen. Instead, there were tears and many, many trips to the doctor with dad for treatments and tests.
I regained 14 pounds, felt like a failure, and just hovered there.
Eleven months later, I accepted the fact that I could do nothing to make dad well and that I needed to take care of myself too. I started journaling again, having a mentor read my food diary, and started training for another 5k.
I only lacked a couple of pounds from being back down to my lowest when we discovered at the age of 35, surprise, we were going to be parents again. I am now almost half through my pregnancy. One thing I have learned is that things are never going to be perfectly the way you want them....but however things are, you must take care of YOU, because you are important.
Thank you for reading!
My name is Dusty. I have been bigger my whole life. I used food as my comfort to deal with my surroundings growing up. The things I had no control over and chose food to comfort me and it filled my void. It made me feel better for the moment. Little did I know when I was younger that this was going to be so bad for me as I got older. I got hypertension (high blood pressure) at 16 and started my 1st pill. Then I went on to get Cellulitis. And now up to taking 3 blood pressure pills. I started learning about foods and healthy stuff. I learned how bad things are for you. Even the things that aren't considered junk food are still filled with junk. I was 29 years old and at my heaviest weight which was 530lbs & on a bi-pap machine & oxygen at night. I couldn't believe my eyes. I never saw myself that big. I mean I knew I was heavy but when you put a number on it, it just makes it so much more real. When we look at ourselves in the mirror we do NOT see ourselves for what we really look like. I hated myself. I was so disgusted with who I let myself become. I haven't lost as much as Id like. And I have weighed myself in months. But as of 4 months ago I had lost 45 lbs. I was so happy. Even though its not as much as I had hoped. I was at least a -45lbs and not a +45lbs. I will take it. I also have lost the oxygen tanks! I no longer need them! I am and will continue to keep going and keep motivating myself. Since the last weigh in I have joined a gym and have been working out and getting smaller portions and exercising. Trying to get healthier. I have just started prepping my food! I am so excited and so determined to get to where I can be healthy. And hopefully off medicine. I don't even want to be skinny really. Just healthy & happy. I have been smoke free for over a year. I know if I can do that I can do this!!! You are such an inspiration to me. As well as others who have achieved great weight loss.
Congratulations to all of the winners!