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How I Lost Half My Size

If we haven't already connected: Hi! I'm Christine. I've lost 150 pounds and kept the majority of my weight off for almost 7 years. 

Most people want to know how I lost it...and it's a fair question, but I think the 'how I kept it off' story is the more important one (but I'll save that for another day).

It's hard to pour your heart out in a few short paragraphs...but I'll do my best:

In 2014 I reached a top weight of...I don't even know, exactly. Let's just say it was somewhere north of 270...but not quite 300. I don't know because weighing myself wasn't something I wanted to do. I didn't want to face the reality of where I was (at the time).


Though I didn't want to weigh myself, often, I had many realities I was facing every day:

  • Stretch marks that were deep and wide and covered much of my body
  • Clothes that didn't fit and were getting tighter and tighter
  • Fibromyalgia symptoms that no one could fully diagnose or explain
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • PCOS symptoms (never formally diagnosed)
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Back pain that required prescription drugs
  • Knee pain and swelling
  • Out of control cholesterol
  • An undiagnosed binge-eating disorder

I was out of control and in need of a total reset.

I was eating my feelings and had a true 'heart condition' that I was not aware of and could not detect. I had no walk with the Lord at this time and was in desperate need to be saved from myself.

At this time, I had a couple of coworkers who had weight-loss surgery and were losing weight in a seemingly effortless way. I remember thinking that it made a lot of sense: I could eat the same way, just eat significantly less, and should lose all this weight...right?

I elected to have weight-loss surgery using money I would have to borrow. As I sat in the pre-surgery nutrition counseling, I didn't want to hear that I would have to try. I didn't care about how much protein I should be eating. In fact, the entire time I was only thinking about what I would grab from Taco Casa when the class was finally over. I was addicted to food and had no idea what a grip it had on me.

No one tells you that surgery isn't a quick fix. No one talks about the vast majority of women who will gain their weight back. No one tells you that you can stretch your stomach out to the point where it is nearly undetectable that you ever had surgery (this is where I am today, btw).

After surgery I dropped weight quickly as I was on a liquid-only diet for about 4 weeks. However, as soon as I was able to start eating normal foods I found myself up to the same old tricks...they just looked different. I wasn't eating healthy protein-rich foods...I was eating popcorn, chips, and mashed potatoes with gravy. My weight-loss slowed down to a crawl and then a halt and I found myself in the same battle I had always been in: up a little, down a little...never losing for good.

This was a rock bottom for me.

Not even an expensive and painful surgery would save me from myself.

I feared I would turn into the poster child for weight-loss surgery failures because there was no extreme that could help me.

Determined not to be a total failure, I decided to find a coach to help me reach my goals.

The first coach I found was not helpful at all.

Then I found someone who got me active in the gym.

I started playing around with my diet and was, essentially, following a keto diet before keto was even cool.

The scale started moving and it encouraged me to a point that I truly had horse-blinders on and set myself on fire.

I focused on my habits, disciplines, and patterns.

I stopped caring what everyone thought.

I crossed the finish line of my goal weight of 140 and never wanted to look back.

I had loose skin on my arms, legs, butt, breasts and tummy. I elected to have a tummy tuck and breast lift with augmentation at the end of 2015.

I am so excited report that hitting my goal weight was really only the beginning of my story.

Why?

Because everyone can lose a little weight.

Far less people will lose it all.

But very few will keep it off for long.

Here's what happened...

During my weight-loss I followed a lot of worldy advice from the leaders I had surrounded myself with.

All of this worldly advice lead me to the most selfish place I would ever find myself in.

I proclaimed a lot of 'you do you' and 'living my best life' and 'self-love is self-care' and, boy, did it show.

I truly loved no one but myself and found myself in the most selfish, miserable place ever.

I was walking a lifestyle of drinking, sexual immorality, vaping, and constant  fillers/injections...and nothing could satisfy my soul.

This was the beautifully broken place that Christ found me.

I cried out to Him in the most unexpected of ways...

...and He saved my soul and started to transform me, truly, from the inside out.

I stopped wanting the things I used to want...

I started loving the things of God...

I found the peace, joy, and fulness I had been so desperate to find...

 

...and none of it was found in a skinny body.

 

There is a peace of soul that grips you when you surrender to the truth that God's will governs all.

There is a joy that captivates you when you begin to live your life in light of it.

There is a happiness that is only found in Christ and is NEVER found in a goal weight, which is what Weightlosshero is truly all about.

Can I help you transform your body, alone? Yes.

But I don't know anyone who has lost weight who has found satisfaction in a perfect body.

Satisfaction can only be found in Christ, and when we surrender our lives to him, amidst this journey, we find a transformation that starts from the inside and the body simply follows along.

If you find yourself at the end of your rope...

If you are chasing satisfaction in the wrong things...

If you are ready to change from the inside out...

Come and see what Weightlosshero is all about.

Maybe today is the day that you take the next right step.

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