When I was 16, my parents told me they were going to take me somewhere for help. It sounded cryptic, but they told me it was a doctor who specialized in weight loss. Needless to say, I was not happy about this. They got me out of school early, and we headed down to Naples. I was pleasantly surprised.
I’ve struggled with weight my whole life. I’m on the bottom rung of the genetic totem-pole. Right after the stubby legs, I’ve got a metabolism that is about the pace of a snail. I was always winded, always sick, and had knees that seemed to be mad at me. The biggest problem, definitely had to be how depressed I was. I wore a hooded sweatshirt every day, no matter the climate. I’ve tried everything under the sun since the elementary school age. Weight Watchers, E-Diets, not eating meat, not eating anything. Nothing at all worked.
At Cederquist Wellness Center, I relearned everything. I learned how to not diet, but instead take every day in stride and look for a logical answer. I’ve never felt the need to make excuses. No one has ever talked down to me, like I’m a kid. I feel like I’m actually listened to. I’ve learned why your body uses things, what is actually good for you, and what it does.
In about three years, I’ve lost over 50 pounds. It still baffles me. Some days I still can’t fathom that I’ve done it. I can buy clothes in normal stores, girls’ clothes, even. I can go up the stairs without having to stop for oxygen. I can look in the mirror and go “I look ok today”. At my job people I don’t know come up and tell me they see a difference. I can make a good decision on what I’m going to eat. I know when to stop.
Exercising was the enemy, I hated it. Now, I like exercising (that’s just crazy). I hit plateaus and wanted to quit about a million times. It’s all been worth it in the long run, though. I hope to keep taking it off and maintaining it. It’ll be a life long struggle, but now at least I know I can do it. It’s funny to think of how against coming here I was in the beginning, and really I couldn’t have done it without the help.