By Jessica Larche, NewsChannel 3
Like many of us, I've struggled with weight issues my entire life.
And, like many of us, I went through cycles of losing weight only to gain it back. I was tired of the same old, same old.
I had a wake-up call in the summer of 2012 that made me realize it's not just about losing weight. It's about changing your lifestyle.
A visit to the doctor revealed my blood pressure was 150/100 (that's dangerously high) and I was placed on high blood pressure medication.
I was scared, embarrassed and angry with myself.
While high blood pressure doesn't always seem like a doomsday diagnosis in our society, it was to me. High blood pressure brings the very real risks of heart attacks and strokes. I didn't want to live my life in that shadow.
I decided that I had to begin a lifelong journey toward health and fitness, and that started with me falling completely in love with myself at that exact moment (I was a size 24 at the beginning of my journey). Loving myself enough to make good decisions gave me the fuel to take the first step on my journey.
I also had to find the blessing in my burden. Once I realized that it is actually a blessing to have a burden that I have the power to work on everyday, I was pumped to get on the right track. Just think of all the people who battle issues they have no control over. I became grateful that I had a problem that I could tackle with some hard work.
So, I started researching food to help lower blood pressure, most of which were lower in carbohydrates. Food like kale, spaghetti squash and flaxseed became main staples of my lifestyle.
I paced myself in going to the gym at first, working out once or twice a week. Now I've worked myself up to jogging, working with a personal trainer once a week and taking some high-powered cardio classes like "Body Combat" at One Life Fitness!
The biggest achievement of my journey: being healthy enough for my doctor to take me off high blood pressure meds!
Over the last two years on this journey, I've lost roughly 70 pounds! Do the math: 52 weeks in a year X 2 years = 104 weeks / 70 pounds = 0.673 a week. At first, losing 0.673 pounds a week may seem small, but when you add it up over time, it equals big results.
I'm now a comfortable size 14 (which is the average size of a woman in America).
I chose to share my story because of all the positive viewer e-mails I've received since they began to notice the results of my journey. I hope sharing my story helps you. Just be patient with yourself, appreciate who you are in this very moment and make good decisions every day.
We can all do this!!!