My name is Natalie and I have lost 88lbs by transforming my mind.
I’ve battled with weight, health and image my entire life. Most people would never know because I spend most of my time laughing, joking and making other people smile but deep down, I was unhappy.
For over 5 years, I fell into a state where I did not want to be around anyone. Didn’t want to take pictures. Missed family events. I was ashamed, embarrassed and even afraid to face my family because to me, my weight had gotten out of control and I was unhappy. I didn’t need the constant comments to remind me how unhappy I really was.
I battled some nasty thoughts and things I would say to myself. Then I got my wake up call while we were in Cabo. I was there on an all-expense paid trip. Enjoying myself. Enjoying good company. Laughs, drinks, etc.
Then I turned the corner and saw this tall, beautiful woman who if she wasn’t a model, could’ve been one. My husband swears he didn’t see her but I did and it brought my mood down. All the fun was sucked out of the night because I looked at her then myself. I hated how that made me feel.
Right after coming back from Cabo, I went to the doctor and he said I was prehypertension.
That was my second wake up! I told myself I was too young to be popping pills and I refuse to if I don’t absolutely have to 🙅🏽♀️ That’s when my health journey started. Like many people, I knew the basics about healthy food. It wasn’t a matter of whether or not fried food, too much salt, etc was bad, it was a matter of my eating habits, my thoughts around food, my beliefs, my fears and just even old patterns where I’d eat to cope with life or when I was bored.
I’m a firm believer that any diet and lifestyle works but it’s not simply what works, it’s what works for YOU! If you’re not consistent, it doesn’t matter. So I’ve spent this time focusing on listening to my body, becoming more aware, challenging how I view foods, eating healthier and loving myself.
It feels damn good!
Ever so often, I have people starting their health journey ask if I’m afraid I’ll put the weight back on and here is my response…