Today’s transformation from Sara of The Holy Mess is truly inspirational. Sara is sharing her story of losing 100 pounds and keeping it off!
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All my life I’ve been overweight. Looking back at photos, I was heavy from the time I was 3 years old. My weight struggles continued into my teen and adult years. I would go on diets and lose weight, often as much as 40-50 pounds, but the pounds always came back, and when they did they brought friends. Each diet left me heavier than ever.
By the time I was in my early 30s, I knew I had to make a change. I started therapy for weight loss. I learned to treat myself with compassion and respect, rather than beating myself up or putting myself down. I used the Weight Watchers program to learn about healthy portions and keeping calories in check.
Weight loss is never easy and my process of losing (and maintaining) over 100 pounds is no exception. Many times, I wanted to give up and return to my old ways of eating. Many times I did fall back into old patterns like compulsively overeating and binging. The difference is that this time, I got back on track as soon as I could.
After I had lost about 40 pounds with diet and therapy, I added in exercise. I had always hated exercise with a passion. I was the fat girl who was picked last for every team in gym class. Yet I knew I had to make physical activity part of my life. I started with walking then gradually added walk/running. I went on to complete 5Ks then a half marathon. Eventually, I did triathlons, even finishing a Half Ironman. Today I practice Tae Kwon Do and earned my black belt last year.
My faith has been an important part of my weight loss process. By accepting God’s grace and compassion for me, I was able to learn to forgive and love myself, too.
What’s life like 100 pounds lighter?
My life is fantastic! While maintaining my weight isn’t easy (after all, there’s no special magic to reaching your goal weight – you have to keep doing all the things you did to lose the weight), I absolutely love my life. My confidence has soared.
When I was at my heaviest, I prayed for a weight loss miracle. I wanted an instant fix. I never got that quick cure. I like to say mine was a slow, boring miracle. It might not be glamorous, but it is a miracle all the same. I am grateful.