Success Stories - Marianne
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I am not sure when I started getting overweight; I was pretty thin when real young. I think it was around 5 years old that the weight just started piling on. I was one of those kids in grade school that everyone made fun of. When everyone else weighed 70 to 80 pounds I was at 105. They always tormented me. You know, things written on your locker in permanent ink and Vaseline on your lock. There was also those nasty signs posted everywhere saying I was dating the ugliest boy in school. Boy were kids nasty!!!!
I have since gone up and down in my weight so much that I have loads of clothes of all different sizes. I am now weeding out the bigger ones for good. There have been at least 2 times when I was pretty thin. One was when I first moved out of my parent's house and into my own apartment. You know you don't like to cook for just one person. The other time was just a couple of years ago when I was going through an extremely stressful time in my life. I was too sick to eat anything. I had ulcers and other nasty intestinal problems. I did go from around 214 lbs (my heaviest) to wearing a size 8 (don't know the weight). I did that only because I could not eat anything without getting sick. Not a very healthy time for me.
Once the stress was relieved somewhat I started back on the road of gaining weight. I went up to 163 lbs and a size 16. Since I am approaching 40 years old I finally said to myself, "What the heck are you doing? Are you crazy? Do you know how hard it is to lose weight after 40? Do you know what all that extra weight can do to your health?" Well in answer to my questions came my two favorite people. My boss and my CO-worker at work. We started out doing Atkins. I lost 5 pounds in one week. I also got so sick of eggs I thought I would never eat one again. Then my CO-worker suggested Weight Watchers. Now the last time I was at Weight Watchers was when I was years younger and we had to eat fish and liver. YECH!! Well, needless to say I decided to go to one of her meetings. Now I am 30 pounds lighter and a lot healthier!!!
Thanks to Dotti's website I made it to goal and lifetime!!! If it was not for her and this site I would have given up like my boss and CO-worker did. So, from the bottom of my heart I THANK YOU DOTTI!!!!!
I hope that my story has helped inspire you to do what is right for you!!! Nothing beats being healthy and happy. As Dotti says, Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.
Photos - L-R: 1991 with my son; 1995; at my heaviest - over 200 lbs; Finally in control!!!!
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