I don’t claim to be ANY sort of expert on fitness or dieting, but I am a card carrying lifelong member and 100% complete aficionado on being fat. If there is one thing I DO know, it’s about fat and how to be fat and how to get fat and how to stay fat. I’ve lived most of my life as a fat person. From being a pudgy child, to a chubby teen, then morphing into a large sized young gal and ultimately a morbidly obese woman; there is no doubt…I’m the fat expert.
Forty decades of being overweight makes you an expert on being FAT. I know how to be fat, how to stay fat, how to avoid fat, how to not be fat, and how to coexist with the security blanket around me, which IS fat. I know everything about being a fat person. I have lived that life for 99% of my time here on the planet earth. I’ve tried every diet out there and while I’ve had success, it was only fleeting. Every Monday was a new promise of “Today is the day I lose weight”. It wasn’t until I changed that mantra into “Today is the day I choose to live”, that the answers became clearer.
”I have a choice? I choose? Me? I’m in control? But that’s not possible, it’s the fault of the food, the blame is on that person that hurt me, THEY are in control, not me! No, this can’t be true.” But it WAS all about me and ONLY me. No gimmicks, no fancy pills, no expensive shakes, no bank account breaking yearly memberships to weigh-in and buy their pre-packaged foods, just ME. I had the power. After all, it was ME that was responsible for the years of neglect and abuse on my body. I got myself that way.
Being a fat expert also gave me a card carrying lifelong membership in the Carbohydrate Addict’s Hall of Shame. I ate non-stop on junk food, deep fried foods, and weekly dates with famous fast food chains and late night binges at the drive-thru. Make no bones about it, there was only one reason I was fat, I ate. I am a food addict, I love eating, I love food and I lived on the fat side of the cupboard where all the treats and chips called my name in unison.
The moment I woke up, the light went on in my soul. All of me was finally listening. The voice I had been blocking out for decades, which never gave up, finally emerged victorious, “Over HERE Joan”. And over here was my bedroom mirror with me starring right back at me. “You will never look and feel like this EVER again. We’ve seen you at your worse; let us see you at your best”.
However, my new mission in life is to change that.I’m changing FAT into FIT.
My expertise comes from 3 decades of my own personal struggles with obesity & chronic dieting along with a myriad of dangerous weight consequences that have resulted in severe health issues, negative body image and low self-esteem. As a recovering food addict; I have been there, I am still there, but I am winning. My in-the-trenches life experiences with the battle against weight; make me a true expert in guiding others to increased levels of self-care and self-love.
I’ve gone through this journey, so I am better equipped to understand the predicament of others and I can inspire people through our mutual struggles and progress. It is because I have been there that I can use my life as a testament and a huge source of inspiration for those who are where I have been. My role is very important, as I am able to perceive the wellness of others and translate that wellness to them by sharing my story, so that they are able to see and understand that reaching the desired destination is now attainable.
I have worked very hard to resolve my own weight issues and now I want to share my compelling, compassionate and constructive approach to inspire others to start their own journeys to take charge of their lives and to…WAKE UP & Stop Being A Victim Of Your Own Self!!!
How many times have you woke up on a Monday morning and said, “Today is the day I’m going to lose weight”. And then by Noon, you are in the drive-thru ordering a milk-shake, fries and a greasy hamburger. How many Tuesdays turn into the day that you wished you had listened to yourself the day before, but you end up defeated and beating yourself up and well, you messed up already and then you convince yourself, “I’ll Start Next Week”. And the same pattern happens over and over again, week after week, month after month, year after year. Pound after pound after pound…What if you changed your thinking and instead of saying, “Today is the day I’m going to lose weight”, that you woke up and said, “Today I choose to live”.
If I can do it, anyone can do it. All you have to do is have the motivation and be told that you can. My journey is not over and I am on a mission to help others start theirs. Imagine where YOU will be a year from now!!!