If you’ve ever been fat… (not in your mind)… but outright medically diagnosed obese and think nothing will ever change… keep reading. Kimbrea’s testimony ain’t for everybody, but it’s definitely for you.
For years, Kimbrea hid her shame and diet frustrations behind a wall of shyness. Every effort to ditch the fork lead to more weight gain, more stares, more unwanted advice. The heaviness took its toll emotionally and professionally. Fearing death, Kimbrea opted for surgery, not knowing recovery would include accusations of “cheating”, “taking the easy way out”… and even worse: name calling!
“If only you had worked out harder, you could have lost the weight”…
Did they just call her lazy? What a BIG FAT LIE!
Or what about the whopper of a fib Deshonda told herself after a hysterectomy. In one year, she went from a size 6 to an 18. “I’m not gaining weight. My clothes are just shrinking”. Then her brother gave her this: unphotoshopped pictures don’t lie. It was her wake up call.
And don’t leave Marsheila out! Admittedly, not a huge fan of working out, she decided to battle the bulge through diet. Yet, it quickly spiraled into a dangerous cycle of diet pills, one meal a day, and just about anything to maintain a “skinny” image.
Tray fell into an unhealthy pit too. A 37 year old married mother of 3, who refused to get on a scale after ballooning to 280 pounds… was tired, scared and wanting change.
Thankfully, discipline and new eating habits prevailed! Tray, just like Kimbrea, Deshonda and Marsheila ditched processed, unhealthy junk food, starting eating more meals prepared at home, increased vegetable intake, ate multiple proportionate sized meals, drank more water and dare I say it??… added a challenging level of physical fitness.
And take a look at them now!
Remember Kimbrea? Today she is 200 pounds lighter… and taking the plunge into business bootcamp to launch her health and wellness brand. “I’m no longer afraid”, said Kimbrea. “There are people I can reach, help and empower. This is a lifetime journey”.
Deshonda… takes daily walks around White Rock Lake, lifts weight, has cheat days and is free of high blood pressure and diabetes that run thru her family.
“Shon, you don’t have to be a runner to get fit”. 😨 Ouch, that hurts. I love running, but folks, she’s telling the truth! Now look at her… traveling and helping students in Nigeria. Business bootcamp is her new mission. Her passion is her new side hustle: she’s using her new revenue stream to pay off debt!
Marsheila who now enjoys several small meals throughout the day, is happy, healthy and fit. She says, “I’m not embarrassed to share my story. Everybody can’t workout for health reasons. We have to teach them how to eat right”. She’s now an advocate for greens on the go, protein shakes, vitamin supplements… and a healthy dose of power walking.
I wish I could say Tray, Kimbrea, Deshonda and Marsheila are anomalies. But they aren’t. Their issues are shared among many. Obesity is common, serious and costly according to the centers for disease control and prevention
More than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese. [Read abstract Journal of American Medicine (JAMA)
Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death. [Read guidelines]
The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars; the medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight. [Read summary]
And even more troubling…. who suffers the most.
Non-Hispanic blacks have the highest age-adjusted rates of obesity (47.8%) followed by Hispanics (42.5%), non-Hispanic whites (32.6%), and non-Hispanic Asians (10.8%)
Obesity is higher among middle age adults, 40-59 years old (39.5%) than among younger adults, age 20-39 (30.3%) or adults over 60 or above (35.4%) adults.
Why not help change this growing health crisis? Who within your social network can you influence to lead a healthier lifestyle? It’s super easy. Instead of starting from scratch… we give you the template to build your business and build your brand. Plus what better gift could you get this Christmas? Health and wealth makes amazing stocking stuffers ! 😆