My weight loss journey started early in life and has been difficult to manage for most of my adult life. I had tried without lasting results, many diet plans. In 2011, I came to the realization that I really needed to adopt a lifestyle change. I was very over weight, on blood pressure medications and had numerous aches and pains. It was the year of my 30th high school reunion and that event became my motivation. I made a decision to not eat anything that came through my car window, as I was frequently choosing what I thought was convenient, over healthy choices. I also began walking daily and bike riding on the weekends. I was good at finding excuses to eat fast food, but stuck to my promise and would go inside and order. Over the year I was able to lose 30 lbs. I went to my reunion and saw what great shape my old friend, Kelly Mothershead was in, and wanted to have the same glow, energy and positivity that surrounded her. We exchanged information and stayed in contact through social media, where I witnessed her help another one of our friends with his weight loss and running.
In November of 2011 my company, Baycare, began sending out information of an Ultimate Loser competition. It was to begin in January. Over the holidays, I gained 10 lbs and was pretty discouraged with myself. My mind kept wandering back to an image of Kelly and I began researching Ideal Protein and her company A Focus on Fitness. Kelly had told me Ideal Protein was known to be your last diet.
This is where my life changed forever. In January, I made an appointment for consultation to determine if the plan was safe for me, and I committed to it with Kellys reassurance that if I was faithful to the plan, I would see results like never before. I placed the protocol plan in a protective plastic cover and carried it and my Ideal Protein bag with me everywhere I went for the next 5 months. The first week was a bit rough, adjusting to my new lifestyle, but I was amazed at an 11.2 lb weight loss the first week, followed by 5.6lbs the following week.. I was feeling a bit dizzy and after trying Kellys remedy of taking in some more mineral sea salt, I consulted with my Doctor. My blood pressure was so low because I was still taking blood pressure medications, that I no longer needed. I had a full blood work up mid way through, and my cholesterol level changed from 149 to 119. I had a doctors appt. in February any the Dr. excused herself from the room, thinking she had the wrong chart, as I was there in November and I did not look the the weight she had recorded in the chart she was holding. I was able to lose 60 lbs in 5 short months. The bonus was I had regained my health and now have so much more energy. In April I competed and finished my first Adventure Race/ Triathlon in Ozello. I was on the Sherwood 49ers team and we took 4th place. I was a personal victory as I had watched the race the year before, only wishing I would be able to be in such an event.
The other real exciting thing that happened is that I won 2nd place in my companys Ultimate loser competition. Baycare is a very big company and there were thousands of competitors, so I am very blessed to have won. The important thing is that I am a winner of my health! I am enjoying the rewards of my hard work on the maintenance phase and have recently taken up dragon boat racing. I went last week to try it and after a 2 ½ hour work out on the Homosassa river the captain asked me to join the team. At my previous weight, I would not even been allowed to board the boat. Thanks Kelly and Ideal Protein for saving my life.