In the Summer of 2013, I weighed in at 315lbs. I knew something had to change but didn't know where to start.
That's when I decided to audition for the fourth season of ABC's Extreme Weight Loss with Chris and Heidi Powell.
I was selected for the show and spent the next year undergoing the transformation of a lifetime.
In less than 365 days, I lost 165lbs.
More importantly, I shed the old me. Sure, it felt great to shed the physical weight, but I also changed on the inside. I had been successful in other areas of my life, but my weight had burdened me for years. Losing the weight silenced my inner critic and I finally found a peace I had been missing for years.
Although my life changed dramatically when Chris Powell said those magic words “I choose you for the transformation of a lifetime.” The process does not stop because my year on Extreme Weight Loss is over.
Staying fit, and finding an overall wellness will be a lifelong journey for me. My hope is that with this site you and I can connect and find common ground as we strive to be physically, emotionally, and spiritually well.
I have been married to Scott, an Assistant Pastor at Church on the Move, for almost 24 years. He was a huge support this year. He joined in on my transformation and lost 50 pounds! His decision to get healthy too was exactly what I needed. We have gone from a couple that eats out all the time and watches television every night, to a couple that loves to workout together and will keep each other accountable to stay healthy. Chris deemed him “Husband of the Year” at my finale and I would have to agree with him.
Being a mom has defined me for the last 23 years. My daughters bring me joy and watching them grow into the wonderful young women they are makes my heart happy. I spent years as a “volleyball Mom”. Traveling all over the Midwest for tournaments, eating out all weekend, and at night during the week after matches and practices. My attempt to be Supermom was one of the reasons I gained so much weight.
But, this year, as I took the time to focus on me, the tables turned and they cheered me on and supported me all along. We have always enjoyed shopping together. They always found cute clothes, I focused on the purses and shoes. Now, they just love that I can raid their closets and share their clothes. Even though they may be growing up and moving on, they will always be my babies.