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As my Weight Watchers Leader Paula would say, “Stop falling in the hole and take another street.” When I started my journey to lose weight, I weighed 280 pounds. I was in denial about my weight. During one of the health fairs at the Florida Blue Center, I met with a local ophthalmologist who was doing retinal screenings.
I was told that I had the beginnings of blood clots in my right eye that could eventually cause blindness. The blood clots are usually found in patients that have diabetes. I immediately made an appointment with my primary care doctor and had a screening for diabetes. I was told that I was a borderline diabetic. My family has a history of diabetes and my grandmother died of a diabetic coma. She had nine children of which seven are on diabetic medications. What was I going to do? I decided the first step in this journey would be to lose weight.
At the Center, we decided to hold a “biggest loser” competition among the employees. That’s when I joined Weight Watchers. Now I work out at a local gym at least thirty minutes, Monday through Friday and rest on the weekends. The hardest part of this journey is changing my eating habits. I didn’t realize how much I rely on bread to complete every meal. I recommend keeping a food journal to log what you eat every day. I substituted water for every soda I would drink. I replaced lettuce or a vegetable for every piece of bread that I would eat. So far, I have lost 45 pounds!
It is a daily struggle to lose weight and change my lifestyle. I think the key is to continue to work at it and not give up. I suggest that you make sure to get screened regularly, as you can see how one screening saved my life
Here's my before and after photos:
- Sheronda Before
- Sheronda After