I received an email yesterday from Marie, a 17 Day Diet Blog reader. Her story inspired me so much that I asked Marie if I could share her words with you to maybe inspire you. Please submit your comments below if you want to share your thoughts with Marie or other readers. Here’s Marie’s incredible weight loss story:
Well, I’ve been on this 17 Day Diet (structure) for 85 days. I’ve lost 44.5 lbs. I’ve gone from a size 32 pants to a size 26. My shoes feel a bit looser, Bras looser, gone down a size in underwear. I got a fantastic haircut! I started working out about 2 weeks ago and am feeling alot better about that as well. I’ve even had life events come up and the food that has gone with them… and still I’ve made such progress that I’m so beyond thrilled with.
85 days ago, I couldn’t stand more than 5 minutes. I couldn’t walk the length of a football field (end of carpark at work) without stopping and bending over. My back was spasming so out of control that I was in such pain… it was scary and not the life I wanted. In about 2-3 weeks, the spasms stopped. The heavy breathing probably stopped after about 3-4 weeks. Overall, I’m in much better health. I do have arthritis in my back and right leg… and I have a sit down job… so I still get stiff and limp a bit… but at least I can move.
I’m now at my lowest weight in probably over 10 yrs. My son is 15 and he was only a small boy when I weighed this and probably into the next 40 lbs… he won’t have remembered that! So, this is a new mom in his eyes. I want him to know that #1 I’m a strong woman! He comes from a strong woman. I left a bad marriage, I shed ALOT of weight (at the end of this, I will have shed 200 lbs… and that is something he WILL see and know that I did it with such will and determination). Who can see something like that and have it not carry into your own life and show him that anything is possible? At least, that’s what I wish for him.
My husband is 10 yrs older and only about 50 lbs outside of his goal weight… We have literally loved each other through thick and thin. We didn’t want to cut our time together short, so we made this change. Now, I can only pray we have many more wonderful years together! He’s starting to see a new woman as well….
I’m on to lose the rest… I’m nearly 1/4 there to my goal and I know that it will happen. I feel it in my bones. I thank God for this diet… it really hit the mark and resonated deep within my husband and I… we now know how to eat… something to learn midlife… wow. Wish I’d have known this years ago.
Stay tuned… this is my extreme makeover… my grabbing for the gusto and living out the rest of my life on my terms! I will be more active, I will do more things! I will LIVE healthy!