I was a teacher of health and physical education courses for 38 years. My role was to create a model service-learning program which enabled me to travel nationally and internationally with students and other teachers. I loved it! I lived a physically fit life filled with passion for what I was teaching.
Budget restrictions forced a change in teaching, and my passion for traveling internationally and teaching at-risk students was soon cut. I was confined to a desk all day (including after school hours). Also, I under tremendous stress to help students and increase the graduation rate. Because of this, I gained over 40 pounds in four years.
I hated what I looked and felt like and hated going up in dress sizes every year. I wanted to be physically fit, petite, and a size 6 again. But I had no clue how to get there.
After gaining so much weight from such a sedentary job and not being happy with the turn my career took, things started to spiral out of control.
I spent an hour a day for two months during the summer (for last four years of my teaching career) on a heart machine. I literally had to be hooked up to a very expensive machine in order to survive! And I was exhausted all the time. I couldn’t travel and I couldn’t do the things I enjoyed anymore.
My tipping point was when I was looking at some pictures of myself at the beach. I was shocked that I allowed myself to get 40+ pounds overweight. But I knew I had to do something.
Can you believe that I tripped and fell in my yard a few days later and really hurt my arm. I’d never fallen before and looking back, I think it was a blessing in disguise.
I went to Hohman Rehab to rehabilitate my arm. While I was there I saw a sign about some type of weight loss program called Ideal Protein. I had been praying about my health and felt that this could be the answer to a lot of my health issues.
Of course one of my biggest hesitations was cost. Teaching doesn’t provide a large income, as I’m sure you know! But when I took a hard look at what I was already spending…over $1000 for insurance co-pays every summer while on my heart treatments and medications, I knew I had to make the short-term sacrifice to get my health back.
I also wondered how much time I would have to commit to something like this and if I was motivated enough. Was there a lot of preparation required? But then I got to thinking about the countless hours I had to sit around hooked up to a heart machine; this was worth the time if I could get away from that!! I also couldn’t do anything I loved anymore because I was so exhausted all of the time.
For 30 years I have had blood sugar issues. I also had very high cholesterol. After losing weight on Ideal Protein, I have not had any blood sugar issues! My cholesterol has stayed down and I was able to get off several medications!!! And with all of these medical improvements I no longer needed that dreaded heart machine! I was completely transformed, and it only took me 4 months.
Throughout my 38 years of teaching I had the privilege of making a positive difference in the lives of many students and teachers; this was by far the most rewarding time in my life. After five years of retirement, I missed working with people and the daily impact I had on others. I longed to find something to fill this void. I knew how much this weight loss program had impacted my health and I wanted to help others achieve the same goal.
If this sounds like something you’d like to learn more about, it would be my honor to help you navigate it.