IN THE BEGINNING
I was always what the black community called “thick”, shapely if you have it. It was cute, controllable through middle and high school.
The weight gain started in my early 20’s when I was engaged to a guy that was obese. I did not realize that I began to take on his eating habits and before I knew it, I was overweight. Because weight gain tends or can be gradual, plus being around someone else that was obese (my fiancé), I did not see what my body was doing and how it was expanding. LITERALLY.
At my heaviest I was 333 pounds.
THE TURNING POINT
A friend was making changes in her life to lose weight. I realized at that time, I needed to focus on my own health. I started with my doctor (as it is always advised) for a full physical, labs and all. When I received the results the one thing that stood out to me was the “borderline diabetic.” My A1C level was high but not high enough to push me over the edge. At that moment I decided enough was enough and I needed to take the bull by the horns. The transformation in my mind and my body began on that day.
WHY BODY REFINED
I looked at his program online and read the client stories. He is very talented and knowledgeable about health & wellness to include nutrition. The overall lifestyle. It is amazing, he is amazing. I was totally blown away with my consultation. When I saw my information and the data to back it up?! Wowsers!
He took the time to go through every facet of my body, nutritional health and my life. I was thinking does this guy sleep? I realized I was blind trying to do my own thing not having the proper training for what I needed. What my body needed. Kurt was able to break it all down and set me up with a program like no other. He made it very easy to follow.
I began walking daily. Early in the morning, alone with just myself and my thoughts. I also reduced the intake of sugary foods and drinks. I stopped eating red meat and pork. I joined the gym as most folks would do. (I shortly realized that I do not like the gym) So I took to the streets and parks again for my exercise. I lived near this path where you could walk and take this interval training. I enjoyed being out in the element.
I enjoy exercise, so that part was easy. While obese I maintained great stamina and agility so that was on my side. Not easy but my ability to withstand helped.
The changes definitely included nutrition. I realized what I was putting in my body and knew that I needed more healthy choices and Kurt helped me with that.
Talking about food prep on steroids (not literally). I thought I was food prepping. I was just playing around. Now I am food prepping to the highest level.
Once you make up in your mind what you are going to do and do it, the struggle becomes obsolete. I realize if I go back to that unhealthy lifestyle that I will be “borderline” for lots of things. I do not want to go back there. The struggle is getting up and out. Making my body move. Hitting the gym daily. (yes, now I am back at the gym)
The struggle is the scale! I am obsessed with it. The lies it tells, ok maybe its truth because Kurt has taught me that the scale is a reflection of my habits.
HOW I FEEL NOW
Geez, how do I feel? I managed to lose 114 pounds. Mentally my thought process was different when I was unhealthy. It did not matter what I was putting in my mouth or at what time of day or night. I was eating unconsciously, for no reason and without purpose.
Now I am more conscious of my lifestyle choices and not just what I am eating. Well Kurt makes sure of that. Physically, I still look in the mirror and still see the girl that wore a size 24. Down to a size 14/16 now emotionally I am still scared at times. I have not gotten used to this new body. While I am still not to my goal weight it has been an emotional yet joyous rollercoaster.
Always consult a professional. Ask questions. When you feel like giving up, get up. Start small for big results. Stay focused and remarkable things will happen.
I would recommend this program to anyone. It’s not a weight loss journey, it’s a lifestyle, however, with the assistance of a Health Coach, the possibilities are endless.
Body Refined? Why not? You will transform your body, mind and health.