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Open Invitation for ALL my friends and family

Open Invitation for ALL my friends and family

A few weeks ago I did a very scarey thing. I opened up and told you all who I really am on the inside and I did this through Facebook. I was so scared I’d get a ton of negative responses and see or hear things I’ve seen and heard all my life. We all know society is cruel. I have the best family ever, which means the world to me, but they can only protect you from so much. Surprisingly enough, I had zero negativity to my “coming out” on social media. In fact, it was quite the opposite. I felt encouraged, loved, and inspired. Thank you.

Fitness Instructor / Triathlete / Beachbody Coach

464 pounds. How can a person at 464 pounds achieve these goals? That’s what I weigh.

These are not goals I’ve made in order to get healthy. I’ve dreamed of completing a triathlon for I don’t know how long. When I was doing step-aerobics, kick boxing, and Pilates at St. Gregory’s MAC, I was so happy! I love the feeling of completing a big workout! Now, I am doing water aerobics at Northlake Community College and I call it my happy place. I can be dead tired and if I can just drive myself to the pool, I know I’ll feel instantly better. The SMELL of the chlorine is like an instant picker upper. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always belonged to a gym somewhere and I’ve done what I could.

So let’s catch up to now and describe how I’m doing now. I’m not doing so good. You see my weight in numbers. Due to my lack of activity, I have just finished antibiotics for cellulitis in my legs. I can’t walk far without feeling like I’m going to collapse. My knees hurt constantly. When I lay down at night to go to bed, I have shooting pains go up my legs, starting at my heels. I have Achilles tendonitis in my left ankle. When I wake up in the morning, I have to sit on the edge of my bed for about 2 minutes before I can even stand up. I have to sit on my bed to get dressed. I can barely buckle my seat belt in my car. And the last thing is, I was sent home with a glucose meter last week from my doctor. She said if my levels don’t go down within 30 days, I will be put on diabetes medicine. *sigh* Such is the life of me right now.

I’ve been on countless diets and tried everything. Not many know that I have had weight loss surgery in 1996. Now you do. Now you know I’m one of those that just can’t control her eating. All my other blood work is fine. My blood pressure is fine. I just haven’t learned that food is fuel for the body. Actually, I DO know this. I just haven’t cared until now.

Accountability. Does it work? I have a very dear friend who attributes much of her success to accountability. Kristen Anderson has lost 120 lbs. by using the tools she as learned from Weight Watchers and blogging. She started out my size and could barely walk. She too has battled cellulitis. Some of our stories are very similar. So, I started thinking about accountability. Time to blog. That’s the key. The world will be watching. Cindy’s Healthier Expectations was born.

What else can hold me accountable? I am a huge fan of Shakeology. I signed up to be a Beachbody Coach. What a great way to be accountable than promote a product I love and start sharing it with others. People will be watching me and rooting for my success. Okay, done. Now I’m a BB Coach. Now what? I went and took some beginning photos from a great friend and professional photographer, Alex Blaine. I am committed to using her as my photographer to visually record my healthy journey and she committed to me. I told her I did not want to hold in my tummy or hide my arm size or any of that. I wanted raw pictures. She did an amazing job and I will share those in the coming days.

I am hoping that through a lot of prayer and love from my family and friends, I can achieve my goals and become the person I’ve always wanted to be.

Fitness Instructor / Triathlete / Beachbody Coach

Cindy

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