Easy come, easy go

Let me tell you, battling obesity is a hard gig. 170 pounds gone forever and I’m still 60 pounds away from my goal. I’m proud to say, during these last seven years on and off, I’ve never regained any of the lost pounds. I’ve maintained my weight. That’s a big accomplishment. Part of the reason I believe I’ve been able to not back track is because

a. I know how hard it was to get the pounds off and I never
want to go there again
b. Losing the weight through making conscious food choices and
exercise teaches me lessons
c. Repeat x5: It was too hard to get the pounds off and I never
want to go there again

I’ve been propositioned many times to take supplements such as: Advocare, Medifast, etc. I’ve declined because I like food, real food and any program that tells me I can’t eat fruit – forget about it. Seriously, I just feel like any diet is just that a diet. Sure, someone gives you a plan with some pre-packaged food and you follow it. Then one day you don’t eat the pre-packaged food anymore… Losing weight through conscious food choices helps you to learn how to manage food. You have to learn to make better choices. Eating out of packages is just that. There’s no control. No creativity. You’re boxed in. And, exercising makes you feel good, while burning calories, and keeping your heart healthy. I’ll admit, making conscious food choices and learning how to eat correctly is challenging. Creating a workout regimen and staying with it takes discipline. But, for me it’s worth it.

I don’t want to back track. I want lasting results. The way I see it — lasting results come from hard work. Staying in the trenches has taught me all sorts of lessons about food, exercise, my body, and my fortitude. I’ve tried the Drive-thru and ATM approach before — it’s fleeting. Easy come, easy go. No lessons are learned with the quick-fix approach. I stay at it, the hard way because I never, ever want to do this again. I’m changing my life for good. The hard way. I know within myself once I hit my goal I will stay there.

**Of course everyone must follow their own path so if supplements work for you then hey go for it. I just want us all to be healthy, fit, and happy.

Chrisetta Mosley

Chrisetta Mosley

I am a product – and now a survivor – of childhood obesity. As a child, my family always told me that my extra weight was merely baby fat and I’d eventually grow out of it. I never did. Instead, my childhood is filled with memories of not being able to ride a bike, flattening its training wheels from being over the recommended weight, and avoiding P.E. classes by any means necessary. For years, I wore my fatness like a wounded soldier wears a Purple Heart - with pride. I owned the look. I dressed it up. I worked the room. There wasn't a skinny girl who intimidated me. I made sure my hair was laid just right. Nails polished. Outfits coordinated to the tee. Accessories to compliment every outfit. But everyone has a breaking point, and mine came in the spring of 2004 when I tipped the scale at nearly 400 pounds 388 to be exact. I was MISERABLE trapped inside of that body. I no longer wore my Purple Heart with pride. Rather, I was ashamed and frightened. Ashamed that I had allowed food to become my everything – frightened I would die because of it. Drastic times called for drastic measures... Today, I’m bound and determined to live a better, healthier, active lifestyle. I realize I’m no longer a passenger in my life, I’m the driver. I’m overcoming my inhibitions and I’m slowly but surely saying farewell to my old childhood nemesis, obesity. For once and for all, Farewell Fatso!

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