“Michelle Treichel had been fighting a losing battle with her weight for over 30 years when she finally found the inner strength and determination to take control. She has lost and maintained over a 100-pound fat loss almost seven years and no longer dreads getting up on Monday mornings because she has to start a new diet.”
Seriously, though, I was overweight before I even remember being overweight. At 9 years old I weighed 90 pounds and the dieting roller coaster began. I’ve yo-yoed so often that I’m sure the string broke. I starved myself, I binged and purged, and have tried every diet known to woman. It wasn’t until I had the chance to be a bone marrow donor back in 2004 that I actually started taking responsibility for what I put in my mouth and in my mind.
Nutrition-wise it was obviously a huge switch for me, going from gobbling down Ultimate Cheeseburgers and whole bags of M&M’s to turkey breast, sweet potatoes and broccoli, but I had a great big why in front of me and I wasn’t going to be responsible for someone’s death, even though it didn’t occur to me then that if I hadn’t started taking care of my health I was causing my own.
Exercise-wise, when I began a level 10 intensity was walking my dog down the street for 5 minutes and then back. It was tough as heck and I’d come back sweaty as all get out. As I could do more, I did more. Now, I love the rush I get from moving my body when at the gym lifting, sprinting at the middle school track, or running stairs at the high school.
By getting my nutrition and exercise program in check, I was able to actually be in my “right” mind and take care of some situations from my past that I had never had the courage to deal with. In the past, I didn’t handle things that life threw at me; I ate to escape those feelings and situations. I can easily recognize these situations now, but it is something that I had to learn. Life skills I should have learned when I was growing up I’ve had to teach myself.
I am now a living, breathing positive example of what can be done with your body and your life when you decide that what you have is not what you want; when you decide that the direction your life is taking is not the road you wish to be on.
I’ve totally taken control of my life. There is simply no excuse for you not to do the same.