I did too.
I had always been small, athletic, energetic, and happy. And just like you (I imagine), I had children, our schedule got nuts, my job kept me busy and before I knew it my life was living me, and my scale was at a tipping point.
I weighed myself, and to my horror, I had reached my scary weight.
My scary weight was 142. I chose that because Kenny Chesney once said he weighed 142 pounds, and we’re the same height and I reasoned that it wasn’t prudent to outweigh a male country music super-star.
My scary weight came and went.
I found myself in 2012 weighing more than Kenny Chesney. I was eating in fast-forward, and I had the cellulite to prove it.
A couple of weeks later we went to a wedding where I saw my chubby buddy. You have one too- it’s the friend you tell all your dieting and weight gain woes to. Only this time, mine had lost 30 pounds and a decade of age and was wearing a strapless size 2 dress. I was in elastic-waisted linen pants and a tunic. We call that camouflage down here. I was defeated.
I jokingly told her I wanted what she was drinking- and I promise you, I would have drunk cat pee if I thought I could get myself into my cute clothes again.
She let me in on how she did it, and I decided to give it a try.
33 days later I was 23 pounds lighter and mostly back to the person I remembered being. It took me 6 weeks from beginning to end to lose 30 pounds and get my health back.
Y’all, there is so much more to this story. I’m going to talk about it here a lot. It wasn’t easy, and I still struggle with what I put in my mouth.
I know how you feel. I know what you think about yourself before you go to sleep at night. I know you don’t believe you will ever be different. I know you’ve tried everything.
I have too.
But I will tell you this. It can be different. We CAN control what we put in our mouths. We don’t have to be hungry, and we don’t have to eat cardboard and kale to get skinny. We don’t have to believe the lie that there are skinny people and fat people, and we’re just the fat ones.
So that’s what we’re going to do here. I hope you’ll join us.
If you love to eat, but you don’t like the fluff that comes with it, you are welcome. And if you have a little or a lot of fluff, you are welcome. What this world doesn’t need is another group of perfect-eaters.
We’re not perfect. Everyone is allowed a little macaroni and cheese in her life. There is a place for that, it’s just not every Thursday alongside your fried chicken and corn bread.
We are our sisters’ keepers. We are also the nutritional gatekeepers for our families. I know you can do this.
Y’all, we have to do this.
Let’s band together and learn how to prepare food and encourage habits that keep us all healthy and happy.
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