My Secret....

17 October 2013

I've shared so many different things on this blog but one thing I have been hush about is my journey to lose weight. I have mentioned several times that I was eating clean in efforts to be healthier but what I didn't say was that when I started this blog I was severely overweight. In my journey to try to conceive I gained an insane amount of weight. I won't blame all of it on baby-making because when I started I was about 20lbs up from my marriage weight. That's because my husband is a really good cook and was feeding me all the Jamaican food I could inhale. But 50 lbs later and I found my self at a whopping 220lbs! 

Feel free to pick up your jaw I had the same reaction when I saw the scale. One thing the doctors didn't prepare me for when I was in treatment was the amount of weight I could gain. They didn't prepare me by telling me even if I didn't get pregnant I would feel like I was and in turn want to eat everything in sight. They didn't tell me that injectable medicines would cause me to gain hard to lose belly fat. They also didn't tell me that medicines would cause me to be super emotional and a half brained nut case. Aside from talking about hot flashes I was not prepared for what I got. 


Left photo is Christmas 2012 at 216 lbs and Right photo Tuesday is at 155lbs.
Granted I don't think my weight would have been such a bother had I conceived. I would have gladly sacrificed a coke bottle shape to look like a beer keg for Baby Fixit. With our journey to baby at a stand still I found my spirit was not content with my body. Let me make this disclaimer: I don't believe that you need be to be a particular number on the scale. I don't believe everyone needs to be a size zero. I don't believe our pants size defines us. I do believe that you should be comfortable in your skin, comfortable in your jeans, comfortable with your reflection no matter what the scale says. So that's the journey that I embarked on in February 2013 when I decided that enough was enough. I knew that it was time for me to lose weight because everything made me tired. I lost the desire to look my best. I had absolutely zero sex drive. I also never wanted to have my picture taken. 

Since starting a solely plant based diet in 2006 I noticed that my weight would fall on it's own. I would lose and gain weight depending on where I was in treatment. When we took break from treatment I decided it was time. I was tried of holding on to all this weight so I decided to make changes to help me drop the pounds - I started clean eating. In clean eating I removed sugars and all starches from my diet. I upped my fiber and water in take and started a smoothie detox. I did that for 90 days until I reached my short term goal. Then after reaching my goal sought to maintain my weight and reintroduce healthy foods. I started a second round of clean eating to help shed more pounds in September. I also over hauled my ingredients and currently eat about 85% organic with the 15% being the foods that I eat outside of the home. I decided to go organic because I read how pesticides affect the endocrine system thus inhibiting weight loss. In effort to eat more organic foods I also began cooking more of my meals at home. Which definitely helped me save money, lose weight, and become more creative with my vegan diet.

I am still not exactly where I want to be but I am comfortable in my skin, comfortable in my jeans, and comfortable in front of the camera . As of today my weight is down from 220 to 155lbs. It took me 8 months to get to this point but it was well worth it. I feel great, my knee injury is not that irritable, I have tons of energy, and I feel like the old me.

Your Turn: Do you have any secrets to share? Are you comfortable in your jeans? What do you do to stay in shape or eat healthy?

28 comments:

  1. Oh, I have a lovely secret before and after pic that would probably shock you as well. Too bad I can't copy and paste it here! ha! Kudos girl. 65 lbs. in 8 months is nothing to sneeze at...and that's coming from a former trainer, nutritionist, fitness freak. You go girl!

    I am a big proponent of organic clean eating! It is so worth it!

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  2. You look beautiful!! You've come a long way :)

    www.thecrackedlensblog.wordpress.com

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  3. Im so inspired by you! I am where you were right now with the treatments taking their toll on my body big time. After this round of treatments is over I am ready for getting myself back. Im hopeful this round works, but I know if it doesn't I need to make a change and get healthy!

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  4. Oh my goodness Charity, you look amazing! You should be so proud of yourself! :)

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  5. Girl you look ah-ma-zing! Great job on the weight loss, and in such a short amount of time too! Congrats!

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  6. You look AMAZING! I love that you were honest. And that you made the decision. Congrats!

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  7. You look fabulous! Good job! And thank you for sharing!!

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  8. Congrats Girl! I would love to hear about those detox smoothies! I'm not sure I have any secrets that I haven't yet shared, I'm on over-sharer. I do have a love/hate relationship with running and exercise and my biggest struggle is motivation.

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  9. OMG! You. Look. Amazing. I can't believe it only took 8 months to lose such a significant amount of weight! I'd love to hear more about the detox smoothies and maybe share your meal plans for the week?! Any and all advice is appreciated! I've been eating a vegetarian/vegan diet for almost a month now and just love the way I feel when I'm eating... I don't feel weighed down by the foods that I am putting into my body! 😊

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  10. Wow, Charity! What an amazing journey you've been on! I'm so impressed by your drive. You look smokin, girl. ;-)

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  11. You look AMAZING! Way to go :) My weight loss journey has been the same over the past few years and mostly going to a plant-based diet with tons of hard work has helped me shed the unwanted pounds. We haven't begun trying to conceive yet but being aware of what could possibly happen, I'm definitely making sure to prepare myself with healthy choices. My husband is from the Lauderhill area so your shirt made me smile a bit today. :)

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  12. Girl you look GOOD! Hottie. Wow, so inspired by this. I think it's such a great story to share and encourages so many others as well! You know I'm a health freak, but I thank the Lord for making me disciplined in those decisions!!! Proud of you!

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  13. Charity, this is amazing!! You look so GOOD! Super impressive :)

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  14. What awesome results!!!! You are inspiring!!! :)

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  15. Charity, you look absolutely amazing! You are such an inspiration!! Seriously, so proud of you!!

    XOXO
    Chelsea
    http://anchorsaweigh-ouradventure.blogspot.com/

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  16. Daaaang! I am SO IMPRESSED! You look amazing!

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  17. Congrats, Charity! From one girl who has lost weight to another, I definitely know and can relate to the feeling of being at a healthy weight--no matter what that number is. :) I love how your emphasis is on being comfortable and loving yourself. I think that that is the best approach to losing weight! Congrats again! You always have, but you look super super beautiful, my friend!

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  18. You go girl! I'm so proud of you! I too had slowly watched the scale go higher than it's ever been, due to mounds of stress and lazyness. I have turned my eating habits completely around and I've tried a many things, weight watchers (back in the day), being a vegan, being a vegetarian, "clean eating", counting calories. None of it worked, just made me feel worse honestly. I started a very strict Paleo diet called the #whole30 that goes on for 30 days. I'm on day 24 and I feel amazing. You're not suppose to check your weight, but I did in the first week (which motivated me to keep going). I have more energy, can breathe easier through my nose, and my clothes are fitting very nicely. I've really enjoyed just eating meat and veggies. What I haven't enjoyed is all the food prep, during my last week, I think I got the hang of it!

    Keep up the good work! That's fantastic... and hard!

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  19. Oooo you are so adorable!!! You are beautiful before and after!!! That is such a great accomplishment though and I admire your determination and sticking to the clean eating plan. my willpower gets too hungry too last that long!!! :)

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  20. You look so awesome!! That's so inspiring how you stuck with it to reach your goal. Clean eating sounds like such a great and rewarding thing to do... Maybe I should look into that... but anyway, you honestly look SOOO good! I'm proud of you, beautiful friend. :)

    And to answer your question, I am happy with my size. To keep in shape, it used to be ballet, and not overdoing junk food. Now it's volleyball or a run around the neighborhood and watching my chocolate intake lol.

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  21. you look great!

    clean eating is the way to go, in my opinion. i don't do fad diets or any diet at all - i just eat clean, no junk, no sweets and my body doesn't even feel deprived at all. hell, i only eat dessert once a year (on my birthday) and that's it.

    i'm now at my healthy size and today, i'm wearing jeans that i wore in GRADE 12. i'm 37 to give you a reference point and i couldn't be happier!!

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  22. Charity, your courage to share this with others and to keep going is so inspiring. I truly love learning more about you. Your story, through this blog, is something I look forward to reading every week.

    Last year, I really struggled with finding food to fill me. I was barely getting past 11am without feeling incredibly dizzy and exhausted. I felt lethargic at times. I was frustrated because my doctor couldn't really point me in any direction or work with me to discover what the issue was.

    Through a process of elimination I started to cut bread and heavy carbs out of my diet. In an effort to get more nutrients, I stopped eating cereal or toast for breakfast and started making breakfast spinach smoothies...and what do you know? I found I could last longer throughout the day, had more energy, felt healthier and started losing some of the weight I gained.

    I now think it might be a gluten issue, but I want to see a doctor about it first before I jump to that conclusion.

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  23. Congrats on such a great accomplishment and I hope to be like you one day. My major downfall, which is no secret, is eating. My hubby and I love to eat GOOD food. It seems like GOOD food is always bad for you (well, that's how we look at it). I would really like to know the ingredients to the smoothies and some good recipes.

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  24. Girl, you are doin it! Congratulations on having the discipline it takes to accomplish what has happened thusfar on your journey. Now treat yourself to a photo shoot. :-D

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  25. Charity, your story is so inspiring. Congratulations on all of your weight loss and in turn creating healthier version of yourself. So proud of you.

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  26. You look A.MA.ZING!!!! Congratulations! That's not easy as I'm sure you know! :) Keep up the good work!

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  27. Hi there! I'm a new reader of your blog, and I'm so happy that I discovered it! Your story is so beautifully inspiring! It shows me how well perseverance and courage can pay off, things I'm currently trying to succeed with. Thank you so much for sharing your story. GO YOU! :)

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  28. Wow! You look amazing! It's hard to be disciplined especially when it comes to eating healthy for me. You are doing an awesome job!

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