Gimmick-Free: It Was All From the Power within Me

The other day I was in line at the supermarket when I was bombarded with magazine covers that all promised drastic weight-loss results within just a few days. My initial reaction was a chuckle, but then came frustration. I just shook my head and kept moving along.

The other day I was in line at the supermarket when I was bombarded with magazine covers that all promised drastic weight-loss results within just a few days. My initial reaction was a chuckle, but then came frustration. I just shook my head and kept moving along.

Later that night I was restless, so I turned on the TV. I saw even more ads promising drastic results if you just drink this shake, pop these pills, or eat these “super” foods. I quickly turned off the TV. 


I realized that society today is obsessed with quick results. Instead of doing things the healthy way, which will take time, people think they can take a magic pill or shake and wake up a size 2. What people often don’t realize is that doing things the fast way is only a quicker means of ending up in desperation alley or failure city.

I am so proud of my weight loss, and what makes me even happier is the knowledge that I did it the healthy way; by means of sweat and sometimes tears, hard work and perseverance. I look at my body now and I feel great. I take pride in my hard work and love the fruits of my labor. In my opinion, that is what it’s all about – finding the power within you to make changes and then implementing them.

Take time to draw up a plan for yourself. Ask yourself – what are my goals? How do I plan on getting there? What resources will I need to help me reach my goals? What is my connection to food? Am I eating to fill a void, or because I am lonely or bored? Be honest with yourself. By answering these questions you will understand how you can overcome the weight-loss hurdles.

Along my journey I learned that I was holding myself back. It was time to put the excuses away and get to work and to start being honest with myself. There was no pill, shake or magic word that was going to melt away these pounds.

I enlisted the help of a fabulous trainer and began vigorous workouts. Dr. Roizen was instrumental in helping me up whenever I would fall. And of course fellow housewife Toni Winston was there every step of way.

It took a whole lot of soul-searching and mental readjustments to change my lifestyle. I had to commit to living a healthy lifestyle which meant clearing out the junk in the house, learning about healthy foods, and keeping myself engrossed in encouraging relationships. I have become devoted to my workouts and cardio sessions and only give them 110%. I only eat lean meats, whole grains, fruits and veggies and I drink plenty of H2O.

Granted, I did not lose 50 pounds within 2 months as some gimmicks promise. However, I have lost 41+ pounds, 13 inches off my waist, 6 inches of my hips, 6 inches off these thunder thighs and I have gained an enormous amount of self-confidence by pulling strength from within and enlisting help along the way. I have no regrets and would not choose any other way!

As always I would love to hear from you! Reach me at stacyryoudocs@gmail.com.

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