Laura describes her weight loss challenge and how losing 200 pounds has positively altered her life.
You know, losing weight was one of the hardest things I have done, but it wasn’t the hardest thing because I was given a way to do it. There is a path. There is a way to learn how to do it and to maintain it, but the mental pressure of having to do that is not that bad because now I know there are things I can do that maybe seem hard but if you just keep at it, they aren’t that hard. You just keep with it, make more goals.
You know, now there are so many things that I can do that I couldn’t do before and my saying is that, “My life is so much bigger now that I am smaller.”
When I was big it was a small life because I couldn’t do things. Now I hike up the hill for miles, take the dog for a walk, travel – we’ve been to Sydney, Australia sitting 15 hours on an airplane, in a confined seat. I could never even consider doing that, let alone walking in an airport and taking the time to do it so, I am growing and learning and doing and experiencing life to its fullest now while before, I had a small life.
I think now I am much more outgoing. I tend to just think, you know, “I look fine, why be ashamed? Have courage and just go live,” instead of kind of holding back and being shy and kind of taking a back seat because I didn’t feel confident in myself.
So, healthy is great – that’s the best thing. I feel energetic. I feel like I am 16 and I didn’t feel this good when I was 16, so you got to really take that into consideration about losing weight that you are going to feel really great.