A yogurt mess! I had Honey Greek Yogurt, cinnamon-encrusted almonds, a mix of oatmeal and a fibery cereal, and a banana.
Yes, it was as good as it looks!
I really appreciate all the kind comments that the planning committee has received about the event. Putting on a show like that for 200+ people is a lot of work, but it was definitely worth it in the end. :) (Here’s my full disclosure statement, as always: I was contractually employed by the Healthy Living Summit LLC to put on this event, which was sponsored by Arnold and Oroweat, Stonyfield, Quaker, Frito Lay, Attune, Adora, Thomas, Open Sky, Subway, and Athenos.)
Healthy Tipping Point – Emily’s Story
I wanted to share with your this inspiring Healthy Tipping Point story! I can really appreciate Emily’s story because it shows that transitioning to a healthy lifestyle doesn’t necessarily need to happen overnight.
I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life. I was never a thin child. Nor was I particularly active. I was mostly the bookworm, the homebody, and avid movie watcher. In 2006, after breaking up with my boyfriend of 4 years, I decided to join Weight Watchers. I remember the moment I stepped on the scale vividly. I was 222 pounds. I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT. It just didn’t seem possible to me. I had no idea how out of control my life had gotten.
I lost some weight with Weight Watchers. I learned about portion control and healthier food options. But ultimately I couldn’t quite stick with counting and writing down every “point.” I tried other diets, the master cleanse, eating ridiculously small amounts of food a day, any attempt to lose weight. It just wasn’t working.
I finally joined the gym and started going frequently. For over a year, I managed to maintain my weight of 158lbs. I ate hundred calorie packs and drank diet soda, but I was frustrated because I was always hungry and I only managed to drop a little weight. I felt as though I was working hard at the gym but I wasn’t really getting anywhere. I started going out a lot and partying and the gym visits became less and less frequent. I would eat less during the day, so I could binge drink at night. I knew things were getting out of control and if I didn’t get it together soon the weight was going to creep back on.
Around this time last year while searching the web for more diets, I landed upon some healthy living blogs. I spent hours reading and writing down tips and recipes, and I am SO glad I did. I cleaned up my diet, cut out my nightly binge drinking, and started eating more of the right things. I began running and lifting weights, and I was able to drop the 30 lbs I had been holding onto! From October of 2006 to July of 2010 I have lost a grand total of 96 lbs! I am happier than ever. I am more fit then I could of ever of imagined and am gearing up to run my first half marathon in the fall.
I’m so happy I took my time losing the weight the right way. I now can see myself for the beautiful woman I was, as well as the beautiful AND healthy woman I am today. I am excited about the fitness goals I aspire too. I still love books and movies but I also get excited to go hiking on the weekends, and go to the bay with my family too. I have the self confidence that I always imagined for myself, and I am living proof that with the necessary tools and a lot of heart you can do anything! I only wish I had found “healthy living” blogs sooner!
Can you relate to Emily’s story of a slow mental change in attitude about your healthy lifestyle?