Better numbers, happier life
Courts Leiphart | 06.20.13
Courts Leiphart; Hellam, PA 17406
Looking back at the "old me:"
I felt pretty ok but I was always tired after working my 10 hour days and had very little energy to do things when I got home from work in the evenings. I was also not happy with what I saw in the mirror, but I refused to lose weight just because of social pressure. I figured that as long as I was healthy and overweight, it was something that I was willing to live with, even though I wasn't happy with the way that I looked. My weight has fluctuated over the years, but I had never lost weight as quickly as I felt that I should have and I would get discouraged that exercising and eating healthy never really seemed to work for me.
My turning point when I decided to change:
I got some lab work done for a healthy living program at work, and the results were not what I wanted to see.
"I had crossed over from being overweight and healthy to overweight with poor lab work numbers. It was time to make a change so that I could live a long, healthy, prosperous life with my hubby."
How I reached my goal:
Initially, I changed my diet on my own after I saw my lab work and I made a doctor's appointment to follow up. I cut out a lot of sugar and carbs to lower my cholesterol and weight. I started to exercise moderately twice a week. After only around 20 days of doing this, I had already lost a few pounds. My doctor and I discussed lifestyle modifications in order to get my labs back where they needed to be as opposed to starting medications right away. I would get rechecked in March.
After that, I heard about a 'Biggest Loser' program at work, which I decided to join. Having to be accountable to my coworkers for weight and inches loss and to my own health for getting my labs straightened out was what motivated me to transform myself and my health
Where I am today:
I have lost about 6 pounds and 9 inches so far (and if it weren't for the inches lost, I think that I would have gotten discouraged again, but the trainer that I worked with for the Biggest Loser program encouraged me that this was a great success), I have more energy and I feel better about myself.
The best part is that I cut my total cholesterol by 45 points, my triglycerides by almost 100 points, my LDL (bad) cholesterol in half and increased my HDL (good) cholesterol by about 12 points. I've got a long way to go, but I'm encouraged and confident that I can and will achieve my weight loss goals!
My words of encouragement for others:
You can do it, it is hard, and even if it happens slowly (I've lost around 14 lbs over the past year by using My Fitness Pal, Biggest Loser, eating reasonably healthy and exercising relatively regularly), it happens.
For me, it's about a long-term change that I can maintain and live with, and I am confident that I can continue on this path for the rest of my life!