It seems like only yesterday that I was celebrating the end of my first trimester and preparing to pop the question to my wife-to-be. I had been dreaming of this moment for so long, and I finally got to share my excitement with my family and friends. My sister-in-law, Jade, was visiting from New York City with her husband, Evan, and our niece, Ava. It was such a special moment. I didn’t want to ruin the surprise, so I asked her to walk through the store with me and find the perfect engagement ring.
When we arrived at the jewelry counter, I got down on one knee and offered her the ring. She said yes, without missing a beat. We hugged and kissed, and she went home with a dreamy look on her face. I couldn’t have been more content. We had been planning this special day for months, and it was perfect.
Three weeks later, I received a text message from Jade. She said she had lost a lot of weight since our engagement and felt amazing. She attached a video of herself walking on the beach in a bikini. She looked like an entirely different person, and I was floored.
The video showed Jade walking very slowly along the beach. She clearly wasn’t feeling well, but she wanted to be on camera because she felt it would be a great opportunity to share her incredible weight loss story with her followers on social media.
Jade has always been very private about her weight, but she never really had an issue with being a little plump. She has always been happy with her body, and she used to joke that she would never change a thing about herself. Even when she was at her heaviest, she never felt like she didn’t fit anywhere because of her weight. She has always been confident that she could lose any weight she wanted and that her body was the perfect size.
I guess you could say that her outlook has changed a little bit. She started coaching for Weight Watchers in New York City, and it totally changed her life. She lost a lot of weight, and she fell in love with coaching all over again. In fact, she even started her own coaching business, which she runs from home.
So when her coach asked her to post about her weight loss experience on social media, she jumped at the opportunity. In her post, she said she had finally figured out what foods she needed to avoid and which foods she should be eating more of. She also included a diet plan that her coach had formulated for her, and she shared all the products she was using to lose weight.
I think what really resonated with her followers is that she wasn’t afraid to show her stomach in the least bit. She said in the post that she had been restricting herself for so long that she didn’t even recognize her own body anymore. So she decided to embrace her body as it was meant to be, and that’s when she started to lose weight. She feels amazing, and she is so happy to have finally found a way to love herself.
I have to admit that seeing Jade’s post gave me a bit of a pep talk. I had been feeling a little down because I hadn’t been able to lose any weight yet, and her story gave me some hope. Maybe this was the boost I needed to finally start transforming my body.
I set a goal to lose 10 pounds before my next birthday in June. I reached it a few days ago, and I couldn’t be happier with how my body is changing. I finally feel comfortable in my own skin, and I thank Jade for that. She gave me the courage to change, even if it’s just a little bit.
I think the main thing that has motivated me to lose weight is the health risks associated with being overweight. It’s bad enough that being obese increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. But these risks are more than enough reason to shed off a few pounds. What’s more is that being overweight also decreases your quality of life. There’s a wealth of research that proves being obese comes with a cost. It decreases your happiness, making you more susceptible to depression and anxiety. It also hinders your performance at work, and it makes it more difficult to socialize your children.
Looking At The Big Picture
Obviously, every individual case is different. Some people will lose a lot of weight quickly using unhealthy methods, and some people will need more time to make necessary changes. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to losing weight, and that’s what makes this journey so unique and so interesting. Everyone’s starting point is different, and that’s what makes this challenge so exciting. Not every attempt at weight loss will be a success, and that’s what makes it worth it in the long run. As for Jade, I think she’s on the right track, and I’m proud of her for taking the challenge. What’s important is that she found a way to love herself and to change for the better. It’s never easy to admit you need help, but she’s finally realizing that being obese is holding her back, not allowing her to live the life she was born to live. She’s found the courage to tackle this issue, and that’s more than enough reason for me to be proud of her.