Thank You Dr. Oz!

Dear Doctor Oz,

Dear Doctor Oz,

I want to personally thank you for making me a Wellness Warrior. You have enabled me to do exactly what I wanted to do, which is to share my weight-loss story and help others in that process. In just a short 3 months, I have met some amazing people who watch your show and get inspired by you and the other Oz bloggers. You have built a community of people armed with knowledge that has far reaching effects! 

One of the courageous women I have met online is Meredith. She is working hard to live a different life that is healthy. I have to share her story. Getting to know her on facebook has refueled my own personal goals for keeping my weight off and pushing myself even further. Let me tell you about her:

Name: Meredith

Age: 22

Former weight: 383 pounds

Current weight: 303 pounds as of this post and dropping steadily!

Most weight lost in 1 week: 12.8 pounds!

Days at the gym: 6 days a week

Calories consumed in a day: 1200 (she has a nutritionist helping her)

Favorite snack: dried edamame

Favorite exercise: hand-stand inversion

Her mantra: "to live my own truth and do this for ME"

I see so much of myself in Meredith and I think that's why I'm compelled to follow her progress! She was living a big life outside of her body and enjoying the world, until 1 day, 1 of her friends said she should try out for The Biggest Loser. "What!?" At that moment, Meredith realized that she had become a woman of 383 pounds and hadn't even been aware of it. Instead of beating herself up, she did just the opposite! She sat herself down; dug deep and asked herself, "Why am I like this? I don't want to live like this. If I don't do this for me, this is never going to work."

Meredith got her gym gerbil suit on, marched right into the gym and signed up for a 6 week boot camp! Instead of giving up she turned her frustration into motivation and got her competitive spirit on! Instead of giving up and saying, "Oh, I'm never going to beat this challenge," she did just the opposite! And she pushed herself to high up in the ranks out of 200 contestants! She used the motivation from the group to keep herself accountable.

Meredith and I share similar personalities in so many ways. I read what she posts online and I know that I felt the same way she did! She is on fire! She is unstoppable! She is vulnerable! She has her good days and her bad days. Days of incredible accomplishments and days of tears. I asked her if she had set out goals for herself when she started this whole process and she said no. "I think it's important to not focus on a number at first, focus on just short term goals."

Dr. Oz, you say on your show so often, "It's not how much weight you lose; it's keeping it off that counts and for how long. Well, people like you and Meredith are going to help keep me accountable so thank you for everything that you do!


Bonnie your humble Wellness Warrior

If you want to share with me, facebook me at Bonnie on Oz Matthews

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Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

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This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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