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Friday, August 27, 2010

Looking back on the year...

Today is my youngest son's birthday, he turns 6. And aside from all the obvious feelings I have today (my baby is growing up!), it was exactly one year ago today that I realized that I had become OBESE. Not just overweight, but obese.

It all started when I had the cake made and decorated, the food all ready for the BBQ. I went to get dressed and my shorts, size 14 didn't fit. I hadn't worn shorts all summer and I thought, maybe they accidentily were washed in hot water. So I pulled out the other pair of size 14 shorts and they were to tight too. I was confused, because there is no way both could have shrunk (yes, I really thought that was what happened!) and mad because I had nothing else nice for the party that you could wear around the pool. So I kept on the lesser offensive of the tight shorts and picked a blousy top that I hoped would just cover it all up. But the top just clung to the muffin top the shorts had created. I remember being hot and sweaty, and mad. Really mad.

The next morning, I was still mad and I weighed for the first time in a long time. My weight was 196, more than I had ever weighed (except pregnant, I got into the 200s). 184 was my "usual" weight when it was high, so this was something really new.

I remember that day, how I felt. It took me two months to find a plan that I thought sounded right. But before that, I felt desperate and sad. I remember thinking I needed to make a conscience decision, do I do something about this or do I just let go? Do I stop this train and turn it around, or do I just keep on down this track? I remember thinking, I want to change, I want to lose weight, but I just don't know how. My eating habits aren't THAT bad, after all!

I knew I had a problem with sugar and uncontrollable cravings that had nothing to do with being full or hungry. I knew I could eat a bottomless amount of carbs (=chips) and still not feel satisfied. I knew I got cranky between meals and skipped them all the time. Only to overeat when I did finally sit down and eat. I barely recognized my face in the mirror anymore, it was so puffy now. I knew I didn't want to do Weight Watchers or Atkins again. I started looking for a diabetics or low glycemic diet plan. I took my time finding a plan that really addressed sugar cravings. I also made an appointment with my Doctor, went in and said "Hey, I'm fat and I want to fix it. Please help me."

So along with celebrating my baby growing up (he just started 1st grade!), I can also celebrate a little more. I have learned so much in the last year. So much about food, sugar, hunger, cravings and most importantly about myself.  I am so thankful today to have found Jorge Cruise and his Belly Fat Cure. So thankful I decided to fight for my health and my body, instead of just giving up. It would have been so easy, after all....

ps. This year I'm wearing a bathing suit to my son's birthday party... and all my shorts fit!

What was your turning a point? Was there an event that made you want to change, I'd love to hear about it!


  1. What a GREAT post, Amber. So inspiring. I started at 190 three weeks ago and the same thing was happening; I had to actually go out to the store and buy size 16 shorts because none of my shorts fit. I had never in my life worn size 16, and weighed 190 when I was 9 months pregnant with my 2nd child! I'm now at 183.5 and still trying hard daily to stick with the plan and it is so worth it. I can't wait to get back into a 10!!

  2. HI AMBER, Like you I saw how big I was but I thought I would just be like that forever. I just accepted my fate. Until my husband saw something on TV about Jorge Cruise and the Belly fat cure book and bought the book for me. And well - the rest is history. I am now down 58lbs in 7 months and counting. 30 more to go to get to my goal by the end of the year. Thanks :-)

  3. Great post Amber! You have been such an inspiration to so many people! This is just the kick in the butt I needed to get back on track! Happy Birthday to my fellow Virgo Birthday buddy! (Mine's on Sunday and I'm eating cake. Sorry Jorge!)

  4. My moment came when I went to the department store to buy some new jeans. I had been wearing Levi's with the waist and inseam measurements, so I had no idea what size I was in regular sized jeans. I tried on sizes 14 and 16 and they were tight. I was mortified and just bawled my eyes out right there in the store. I knew I needed to buy size 18 but I just couldn't do it. I left the store without new jeans. I remember crying to my husband, telling him that I had no idea that I had gotten so big. Size 18 may seem big for 185 lbs., but my body primarily gains weight around my hips and waist. Even at my highest weight I had "chicken legs" and thin arms, although I did start gaining some weight in my upper arms and upper thighs at that point, but my arms and legs were still thin for the most part. Anyhow, I hadn't weighed myself in some time, so when I stepped on the scale and saw that I was 185 lbs., I freaked. I had never weighed that much before, except when pregnant. The combination of those two moments was my wake-up moment. I immediately started losing weight at that point.

  5. Thank you Amber for showing us how to stick to something that is so worth it for our health, and peace of mind. My college coach once said, a woman's average body type has a tendency to gain 10 lb. every century after high school. I've been pushing that envelope for a while now, and I believe it's true. Unless of course, you've remained a jock, and I have only in my mind, "glory days"! Oh, I've been in better shape a few times since my college days for at least a minute or two, and loved how I felt each time. I would think, no way I will ever be out of shape and opps, I did it again! First I hate trying on clothes so I'd buy plants, no mirrors in that department. By the way, I'm a pretty good gardener now. My clothes have a lot of stains on them, because I don't want to try any new ones on in front of that "dreaded" dressing room mirror! No way, it's too much of a reality check, cellulite and all. I see myself thin, until I see my photo, and it blows my whole self image every time. Pictures are a reality check of the nightmare kind! Lastly, at age 55 I recently began to limp into work, due to an achilles tendon problem I began having about 4 months ago. My husband said, it's because I'm overweight! My co-worker's and I eat lunch out everyday, and from this I put on 10 lb. in the past year, and it's no wonder I'm limping. I thought I would always be able to relay on walking, if I couldn't jog anymore. I picked up the BFC because I need to heal myself, and already with a weight loss of 11 lb., and wearing socks to bed (warm feet), my ankle is slowly getting better. My "ultimate" goal is to run again, go to Zumba classes, and jump around on my ankle w/o feeling any aches and pains! And then my ultimate, ultimate goal is to grow old gracefully, and not talk about having aches and pains!

  6. What an amazing testimony Amber!!! Your success spurs me on! I too tried htem all...and when I started having dizzy spells while driving I knew something was not right! After attending 2 mtgs for Diabetes with my mom, who had just been diagnosed at 83, I saw what my problem probably was...I was addicted to sugar and it was literally killing me! I too, took 2 months investigating low glycemic diets and when my friend told me about BFC...I had this feeling..this was IT! I know I was right...I love BFC and the changes I can feel in my health! I've already lost the 70 extra lbs (in my mind) now, I'm just waiting for my body to catch up! =] THANKS AMBER!!! <3

  7. Mine was in January when I also could not fit into my clothes. I had gone over 200 pounds which is really bad for me because I am very short. I went to Borders to spend my gift certificate and starting looking at diet books, but felt so frustrated and told myself "Yeah right, like a book is really going to help you lose weight". I had tried so many diets before! But my son started looking at Jorge's book and all the meal pictures and kept saying "Yum". I noticed that a lot of "Belly Good" meals were meals that I actually made for my family and they really did look easy and good. So we bought the book. Since then I have lost 32 pounds and it has been a struggle. I did the 6 week plan and followed it exactly and only lost 1 pound during that time. I hit major plateaus, but still keep going. This week I did no carbs and lost 2 pounds, so I know I just have to keep trying different ways to switch it up, but I know I will eat this way forever. This blog is great inspiration!

  8. Thanks so much for sharing your stories too! Funny how our stories are so similar, right? You all are so great and inspiring to me!

  9. Hi Amber,
    Wow! What a beautiful and transparent sharing. Your honesty helps me and those who read your blog to continue the journey. As your Mom we have gone through this together and to say I am proud of your sticking with it is a huge understatement. I am still on my own journey with 40 lbs down. Your running....has inspired me at age almost 70 to now weight train and add in the cardio...to continue my own journey of health as I enter retirement and the next chapter of my life. Love you, Mom