Weight loss isn't easy. Learn how I got started and what helped me succeed.
"Embrace who you are.
Live the life you truly want.
Unabashedly. Unapologetically. Uncompromisingly."
and in August, 2015 I made a healthy lifestyle change. At the time, I was over 300 lbs. and busting out of a size 20. Today, I’ve lost over 100 lbs. and I live a much happier and healthier lifestyle.
The toughest part was finding the strength and the courage to begin. I was at the lowest point in my life: my marriage of 19 years ended and I was soothing myself with food. After many weeks of sorting my feelings, I realized that in order to successfully lose the weight, I had to own up to who I was, accept my past failures and let go of the anger and resentment I felt towards myself. I had to learn to love and trust myself all over again. Not an easy feat. In truth, the thought of going down that path was daunting, but I was determined.
I realized that although I had ‘tried’ to lose weight in the past, I never gave it a full effort. It was always done for a week or two and then I’d fall off the wagon and never get back on again. I put a lot of thought into why I had failed in the past and I realized a few things:
Diets never worked for me. Every time I tried them and would lose weight, only to gain it all back, plus a few extra pounds for good measure.
I didn’t want to give up the foods I loved. Restrictions were linked to failure and I didn’t want to feel like anything was off limits. I wanted permission to eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted it.
My journey started as a quest for good health but what I gained was so much deeper and so much richer. I've learned so much about myself and my ability to overcome obstacles, handle challenges and breakthrough barriers.
I've learned that I am stronger than I ever gave myself credit for, more athletic than I ever thought possible and more beautiful that I could ever imagine.
My hope is that I can inspire others to succeed. My philosophy is that If I can do it - so can you!
My kids and their friends have been calling me Momma Bee for as long as I can remember. Perhaps it's because my last name starts with a B; or maybe it is because I'm a strong presence like the Queen Bee, but regardless of the reason, the bee is a astounding little creature. When I lost my weight, I thought that the name Healthy Momma Bee was a perfect representation of who I always wanted to be: a healthy and happy mom.
Bees are beautiful, resourceful and purposeful. They have a job to do and will stop at nothing to achieve their goal; they will fly to the furthest flower to find their nectar and bring it home. They work hard, they are diligent.
When faced with any goal in life, many of us can learn from the beautiful little bee. If we focus on what we want to accomplish, we can achieve anything.
Bee Happy. Bee Healthy.