Well, first and foremost, I learned ‘how to eat’ for the chemistry of my body. I learned that wheat, dairy, and sugar are the reasons for my weight unrest. Yes, unrest! I didn’t realize how bad I felt until I felt great! I now know that [manmade] food can make me hurt. Make my body hurt, my head hurt, my joints hurt. How did I learn this? I learned it by eating clean and whole. And then I really learned it on the [few] days I didn’t do the plan to spec. When I went back to my old ways, because I had a craving. A false desire for something that I ‘thought’ I was missing – an old habit. Only to find out that SUGAR hurts! Fast food hurts! Processed meat hurts! Each one of these things physically hurt my body. But I had to fall on my butt to learn this lesson. I had to color outside the lines of my food plan to further understand what ‘I’ was doing to me with food. Wow again. (Head shaking realization)
I should probably write about what I’ve learned over the past year, right? As of today – the 365th day of my healthy eating plan; I now have no excuses to ever be that woman again. How could I? Why would I? It would be like choosing suicide. A slow painful death by processed crap filled food. As of today, I have the knowledge and power to choose Good Better Best! I wish I could walk into Overeaters Anonymous, Weight Watchers, any and all Diet Clinics, and grab each person [lovingly] by the hand and show them this miracle of life! I wanna grab women who look like I looked and show them what I have that will save their lives! Every day when I’m out in the public, I see so many people walking around who need to know what I know. But I understand that they have to want it – I had to want it. At 309.4 pounds, stuck on my couch because my knees would no longer lift me, I wanted it! My darkest days were 366 days ago! A blip in the continuum. This year went by like a strike of lightning!
Some of the things I’ve ‘gained’ on this journey have been huge surprises. Some of the things I’ve lost (other than weight) have been huge and sometimes sad releases. I have an entire new set of friends who desire to be healthy, whole, and complete. I also lost a few friends along the way who couldn’t handle that I was no longer that tragic fat woman. Wow yet again!
Getting right down to IT… I LOVE MY LIFE [now], and I love me! I get out of bed each day with a true desire to LIVE! To live each day to the fullest potential! And to serve my fellow human beings – to help the next person feel the way I feel! Who knew? Not me. I didn’t know that my excessive weight; the bane of my existence would end up leading me directly into what I always wanted – a true PURPOSE! How many times can a woman say WOW without being cliché!? (As many times as she pleases in a life-changing illustration!)
Before I go, I’d like to express my gratitude to those of you who had a hand in my success during the past 365 days on planet Earth. And I don’t think you know who you are; I’m pretty sure you didn’t know you were one of the main characters who played a significant role in my personal transformation, development, and success. So, if I send this letter to you personally, consider yourself one of my Angels of the past 365 days of my life – thank you for everything you did to help me gain the life I have today! Thank you for encouraging me, noticing my efforts, accepting my changes, showing me my success in your face – you have been the mirror of my truth! Thank you from the bottom to the top of my heart!
Tomorrows a new day – day number one of my new life – I can’t wait to see what’s coming next!
Happy New Year – Happy New Me!
Ashland City, TN
September 11, 2014
Wanna know more about what Carla did to be successful? Go to this link: HERE