I began my journey with MRC in January of 2014. I had cut out one of their advertisements from my local paper months before and had it on my desk at work, but it wasn’t until our family doctor mailed their pamphlet to my husband that we finally made an appointment. Even though we had talked about it, I was not prepared when my husband told me that he had called and made an appointment for us to have a consultation. Frankly, I was kind of mad because I felt like this was his decision and not mine. I went with him though and we decided to sign up for the program. I was still fairly cranky about it though and was already deciding in my mind how I was going to “modify” the program to fit my needs.
After one week on the program I lost six pounds and from that moment on I was all in. I decided that day that I was not modifying anything but would follow the program and listen to the consultants and see where it would take me. I wanted to have significant weight loss by June 1, 2014 when two of my kids would be graduating from college and we would be taking some family pictures.
By the time June came I was down 70 pounds and found a dress that I loved and felt good wearing. I realized though that the 70 pounds was really just a first step for me and I still needed to make some life changes. I started walking for 30 minutes every other day on our treadmill, which turned into 30 minutes each day, which then over the course of the year turned into running and walking for 40 minutes, then running for 45 minutes, and now after losing 190 pounds, I run for 60 minutes at least 6 days a week, sometimes on the treadmill and sometimes outside depending on the weather. I have completed three 5K races since losing the weight and am now thinking about attempting a 10K. I am in better physical condition then I have ever been in my life.
I am not going to say that the journey has been easy because there were days that I was discouraged and hit plateaus, but I will say that this journey has been worth it! Every step, even a baby step, was a step forward. I now know that even the small things that no one sees can result in the big changes that we all want. I now know that the past has no power over my present moment. The actual weight loss part of my journey is completed but my journey with food choices and life changes is only beginning. I was asked by an MRC consultant what would change for me when I hit my weight loss goal and began maintenance. This question was an important one for me because it made me realize that really nothing changes. I need to still be cognizant of what I am eating and why I am eating. I feel like the reason that the MRC program has worked for me is because of all of the knowledge I have gained regarding food choices, food combinations, why I am eating and what emotions I connect food to.
The accountability of weighing in each week and the support of the MRC consultants has been invaluable to me. I still try and go to the center at least once every other week to weigh and check in with staff to make sure I am still on track. My MRC consultants are a HUGE part of my success story and I would be lost without their help, encouragement and support. They always knew when I needed a hug and when I needed a push to get me up and over the hill I was on. They listened and they were honest with me even when I didn’t want to hear it.
Before I began at MRC I didn’t understand the importance of good self talk and in fact I didn’t believe it made a difference one way or the other. I have learned through this journey just how important it really is! I was encouraged to journal during my weight loss journey so I began writing down motivational things I read and saw. I am still doing that and I have begun sharing those with others. This is my life and I feel like I have taken back control of it. I am choosing to no longer allow food to control my actions and my behavior. Will I always be an emotional eater? Maybe, but at least I recognize the symptoms and refuse to allow an emotional moment to undermine my health and my weight. I am not at the end of my journey, I am simply in a different chapter. I am still learning and moving forward every day. I am more informed now and feel I am making better choices, I intend to continue this journey always looking forward. One of my favorite motivational sayings is “don’t look back because you aren’t going that way”.
This is my time and I intend to make the most of it!