#8 Life Lesson: Welcome to the “Fifty and Fabulous Club”, I was often told. The problem was that I didn’t feel fabulous and I felt way older than 50!!. I was sick and tired of feeling “sick and tired”. My body was rebelling with symptoms that screamed that I was in trouble. I spoke to many doctors who were quick to offer their diagnoses, but no relief.
After visiting multiple doctors and specialists, I finally found a doctor who actually listened and didn’t have a problem telling it to me straight. “It’s not a matter of IF you will have a heart attack or stroke; it’s a matter of WHEN”. My father had just suffered a serious heart attack and the doctor’s honest words hit me like a ton of bricks and scared the daylights out of me! I wanted to see my daughters grow up, get married and have children! I wanted to live the life God intended! Nothing was worth cutting my life short! So, I gave up my comfort foods and replaced them with healthier choices. I also joined a few fitness accountability groups for emotional support.
The past 2 years haven’t been easy at all, but it’s been worth every bit of sacrifice! Not only did I lose over 45 pounds, with the support of my team of doctors, coaches, friends and family, I gained a quality of life that I hadn’t experienced in a very long time and my health improved drastically.
If I could speak to my younger self, I would say: “Please listen to your body. If something doesn’t feel right, then it probably isn’t. Don’t give up. And don’t be afraid to find the answers. Keep searching until you find a doctor who will actually listen to you and then LISTEN to the Doctor, stubborn woman!. Oh yeah, and one last thing: Step AWAY from the donuts!”