100 pounds lost. Wow. People tell me I look amazing and sometimes I don't know how to respond to that. I feel like a new person but where I have been overweight for so long, my reflection in the mirror will have to catch up. I started this journey in January of 2016. My health was declining rapidly over that past year. Little things were becoming so hard to accomplish; standing to do the dishes, going to the supermarket, climbing the 6 steps from my family room to my kitchen and even straightening my hair to turning over to the other side of my bed- not to mention the personal things that nobody wants to discuss. Every joint and muscle was constantly in pain and my body was breaking down. Every movement was physically exhausting. All of the "My 600lb Life" shows was something I could relate to 100%. Food was my drug and if I didn't stop that's where I was heading ...scary right.
Reality struck hard in December as I had recorded my daughter at her Christmas concert and I'd had been sat down for over an hour by the time she had started. When I got home and played it back I was devastated because instead of hearing her singing, all you could hear was me struggling to breathe. That was when I knew I had to do something. My weight was robbing me of my future and I was done feeling exhausted both physically and emotionally.
In January I came across a post by my friend Nikki Dunn Gray, "Congratulations Jody Collins she had just lost 100lb with sculpt!!". I was in awe! I was inspired! The switch finally clicked and I messaged Nikki within minutes of reading this and started my journey four days later. When Monday rolled around I had so many doubts and although I've known Nikki for most of my life, I've never met Darrin. Looking at their pictures they both look pretty intimidating. Every thought was going through my head "we're they going to judge me?", "was this going to work? My God could I even do this?". The hardest thing I have ever done was walking in there and I thought that was my worst day - but as it turned out it was my best.
There was no judgement. Just two amazing people that have been my constant support from day 1, twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week. They have been through every bump and every tear (and believe me there's been many tears). That first month on the treadmill, I could not stand without supporting myself on the rails as I walked hunched over, my hands full of painful blisters from trying to hold myself up. Now I can do 45 minutes on the treadmill, lift weights, and go swimming 6 days a week. I have walked signal hill upwards of 25 times and I feel so proud of myself.
My family and friends have been amazing and their support means everything to me. I check in daily on Facebook when I exercise and I'm sure people are probably tired of reading my check ins but it helps me stay accountable for my workouts and keeps me motivated. So it's day 265... I'm 101.5lbs less and looking forward to my next goal of 50lbs.
It's been a hard and emotional journey but I wouldn't change a thing. I wish I had started earlier! I love my new life and I've learned that I can eat clean, be healthy and still enjoy those special occasions. Exercise will now and always be a part of my future. So if you’re reading this and looking to get your health back please take the leap of faith now! Sculpt Health and Wellness is an amazing program and there's no gimmicks or quick fixes, just hard work with an amazing team. Forever grateful for Sculpt Newfoundland. Nikki and Darrin, you are truly an amazing support team. Cheers to the future.
I hope my story reaches someone else who's been struggling and I look forward to reading about the journey that I hopefully can inspire others to take.