Early last month I was contacted by the incredibly talented author, Jillian Neal. She explained that she had been following me on Pinterest for many months and then stumbled onto my blog and had been inspired by my weight loss story. She wanted to know if she could feature me on her blog and share my story. I happily said yes.
After she ran my story, she wanted to interview me. She wanted to ask me questions that would help women embark on their own journeys. Ok, so at this point, I'm pretty much blown away. Here is this woman who is this accomplished novelist, on top of being a super busy mommy and wife, and she is making all this time to share my story. Seriously, I was totally floored.
Since she first contacted me, we have gotten to know each other through countless emails and well... she's pretty much the coolest Chicka ever! Aaand it turns out that when she wasn't writing novels (which are amazing by the way!) or having family time, she was creating her very own weight loss success story!
Together Jillian and I are hoping this interview will help women everywhere conjure up the courage to start their own journeys and release their inner sexy badasses!
Jillian asked me fantastic questions about my experiences throughout my weight loss journey. The interview was published in four installments. Below you will find the first installment as it appeared on Jillian's blog. You can find the original publication of this interview here.
DISCOVER HOW TO FIND THE COURAGE TO TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE!!!
One fateful afternoon in late December of 2007, I had grossly overeaten. With all the holiday yummies around the house, I was having a hard time controlling myself on any given day, but this day in particular, I just went on a wild eating spree.
At 260 pounds, my mornings started off with a lot of aches, pains, and groans. My body was so worn down from carrying all my extra weight. It was always in some state of duress. I had chronic back pain and was forever pulling muscles and developing mystery pains. When I woke in the morning, I felt completely exhausted, as if I hadn’t slept at all. I had a difficult time going up and down our stairs. One trip upstairs would leave me breathless and panting. It was to the point where I couldn’t even tie my shoes because my giant belly wouldn’t allow me to bend far enough to reach my shoes.
When I think back to that part of my life, I can’t believe it was real. I can’t believe I endured such heartache and sadness for so many years. For all those years, I wasn’t me. I was a lost, sad, and very bloated version of me. I would look in the mirror and not even recognize myself. I felt so disconnected and so far away from the real me. I didn’t see that girl anymore… and even scarier, I didn’t feel like her anymore either. I think one of the worst things we can do to ourselves is live a life that prevents us from being who we are and who we were meant to be.
Stay tuned next week for Installment 2 of the interview. And in the meantime... GO UNLEASH YOUR SEXY!
And don't forget to check out Jillian's 'The Gifted Realm' Series to add some adventure and spice to your life! The first two books in the series are on special now for only $2.99 in the kindle version!