I was depressed and alone. Now I have a better outlook on myself and life.
Before I gained weight, life was good. I was a volunteer firefighter with my dad in Alabama. I used to go fishing all the time, and had a lot of energy to do the things I loved. Then, when my granny passed, I became depressed. I pretty much gave up on my personal appearance and decided to grieve by eating.
I eventually weighed around 345 lbs.
I knew that if I did not make a change, I would not see my nephew grow into a man. That is what made me ultimately take the plunge. I began to work out, eat healthier and eat less.
There were many trying times I had to push through on my journey. But I did push through. I think the hardest hurdle was to control my impulse to eat. Also, I had gained so much weight, I had very little energy.
Since 2014, I have lost almost 80 lbs.
My mother and sister were my only supporters. I did not let anyone else know what I was attempting to do, just in case I relapsed along the way.
Before I started losing weight, I was severely depressed and alone. Now that I’ve been working on myself, I’ve not been depressed in the least, which feels great in its own right. I have more energy and a better outlook on myself and life. For once, I am optimistic about being able to watch my nephew grow and begin his own life.
I’m still trying to lose more weight. I need to lose another 35 lbs. until I reach my goal. And I’m currently trying to quit smoking.
To people who need to make a change, I recommend staying positive. Keep trying, no matter how many times you fail. There are setbacks and nobody is perfect. Do not belittle yourself or feel sorry for yourself. Just do your best to get to a point where you feel comfortable. It takes a lot of hard work, but it is worth it.