Loving Herself To Good Health
You wanna know something amazing? Most of those I’ve featured thus far, come from the same supportive community. I get referrals and I also see how supportive they are to each other’s journey. That’s how I came across Shantoyia’s account. I enjoy reading about her inspiring journey. I love that she adds a little humor along the way.
Read her story as she shares where she is on her clean eating journey. Perhaps you may be able to see a little of yourself in her story. If not, I hope that you’ll feel inspired enough to share this story with anyone who may need to read it. As I often say, my intentions with each story is to inspire you in some way. I want you to see that no matter where we come from, no matter what walk of life . . . there are parts of many of our stories that align with someone else’s story from city to city, state to state and beyond.
What made you want to share your journey?
I decided to share my weight loss journey because I wanted to inspire and motivate others to live a healthy lifestyle by eating clean and staying active. I felt confident enough to post my ups and downs, trial and errors, knowing I would be judged, yet knowing I would find support within the weight loss community. And I did. I’m so happy and appreciative of those who have shown love and continue to show support. Thank you.
Let’s rewind. What was your relationship with food before your weight loss journey?
My relationship with food has always been emotional. It wasn’t until I had my first doctor’s appointment with my surgeon that I realized I was an emotional eater. But, not because of depression or sadness – a happy eater. We celebrate everything in my house. If the kids get a good grade, we take them to go eat. Birthdays, holidays, girls’ night out. I’m in a good mood . . . let’s go out. And, I’m 99% of the time in a good mood. Lol! I spent a lot of time in restaurants eating whatever I wanted. Happy eating is also emotional eating. I didn’t even know it was a thing until my doctor made this statement. It got me thinking.
Can you share with us how you lost the weight?
My highest weight on record was 382 pounds. I started eating clean and walking. I also joined Curves. I lost a good amount of weight in 2016, but I gained it back plus some. In 2017, I wanted to continue my weight loss, so I decided to have gastric bypass surgery. The day of my surgery, I was 350 pounds. I stuck to the diet. I portioned my food. I ate as clean as I could. I also got a great trainer to workout with. Today, I currently weigh 230 pounds with the motivation to keep losing to get to my goal of 215 pounds. My personal goal.
How did your relationship with food change and what was that process like?
I’m still a happy eater. But, after two years post surgery; I have learned portion control . . . how important it is to have a well balanced diet. This came pretty easy after the first year post surgery as I wasn’t able to eat much and having bad foods made me feel sick. So sticking to my diet and not wasting the tool was kind of forced, yet an opportunity to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle years post surgery so I would never be 382 pounds again. And, for how ever long I shall be here. I believe that taking care of myself will give me a much longer life so I can be here for my children to teach them healthy eating habits and self care.
What have you learned about yourself throughout this process?
I have learned that I am so much stronger than I had ever thought. I have always been confident regardless of my size and even though I haven’t reached my personal goal yet, I have no doubts in myself. I know that i just have to keep going like I have been and I know in time I’ll get there. I always believed I could do this. But, I realized I believe in others just as much now. It’s not just about me. It’s about all of us.. I don’t just do this for me. I do this for my family and anyone else who supports my journey. I do this because I love myself and value my health. I do this because there is no other choice. I do this because I want to. Because I care more. Because no one ever said I regret taking care of myself.