Tracy is my New Inspiration
I made mention of a new friend I met at Chick Fil A the other day who had lost nearly 250 lbs. I was wrong. It was 273 lbs. Her name is Tracy. She gave me permission to talk about her on my blog. I’m telling you, this lady is awesome. She started at 405 and says she has 30 lbs to go. I think she looks fantastic now. The more I talk to her the more I’m blown away by her story. Tracy has a genetic predisposition where her pancreas does not metabolize fat well. Four years ago, she was in the hospital for 3 months on a morphine drip with the Doctors telling her they might could keep her alive for 2 months, if she was lucky. Her triglycerides were over 9,000. She was a ticking time bomb, just waiting to explode. They called in the family and told them. She had no idea what to do. And, the medical community basically told her what I’ve heard so many others say. They told her she needed to lose weight and figure out a way to eat less than 20 grams of fat per day. Obviously she was afraid and didn’t know what do to and when she got out of the hospital, she went out to face the world, on her own. They didn’t recommend anything to her. Just a wave and “good luck”. She did what a lot of people do when faced with that situation. Tracy joined a gym and found a wonderful personal trainer (there are some good ones out there, but there are some crappy ones too). Her trainer gave her the best advice he could but also told her that she needed to get a nutritionist to help her along. After going through three nutritionists, she finally found one that she liked that she felt she was getting good advice from. Tracy said when she was going to her 6th grade graduation, she had to squeeze into a girdle to fit into a size 14 dress. Right now, after four years of hard work and learning to eat right, Tracy says she weighs less and is smaller than she has ever been as an adult. She didn’t have her stomach stapled, she didn’t take any kind of funky drugs or any of that. She knew that it was going to take hard work and eating right. She knew that she didn’t get to where she was overnight and she knew it wouldn’t come off overnight, but she is absolutely knocking it out of the park, one day at a time. She knows that she can never go back to eating the way she did and will have to continually workout for the rest of her life. Why? Because she knows if she doesn’t, she will end up where she was and she will literally die years before she is supposed to. Tracy now has many years ahead of her. The Doctors gave her 2 years and she is now 4 years into this journey and my new friend is truly my new inspiration. She is incredible. She is going to medical school now and is studying to be a nutritionist. She has a radiant smile and is going to affect so many people’s lives in so many incredible ways. I can’t wait to hear her stories of the people she has helped. Tracy knows first hand the health problems associated with Obesity. You can even read about them on WebMD.
Can you lose the weight?
You absolutely can. We have some similar stories of people we have helped lose weight and get in shape. It is amazing to see their stories and get the excited e-mails and phone calls from people when they get on the scales and realize they are losing weight, sometimes for the first time in their lives, and to know we are affecting not only them, but generations to come. There is an old saying that goes “Any fool can count the number of seeds in one apple, but only God can count the number of apples in one seed.” Melanie and used to watch the transformation stories on TV and now, we get be a pat of them. When one person loses the weight and gets healthy and adds years to their lives or if nothing else, functionality, it inspires others. That is one of the reasons I love Beachbody. They have been in business now for over 15 years and have helped COUNTLESS people lose weight and get in shape, including me. To think I would still be where I was at nearly 300 lbs if not for P90X, Tony Horton and now Body Beast and Les Mills Combat (and other Beachbody Programs along the way) scares me to death. To think where I would be now had my wife not said to me “You won’t do it” is just mind blowing. Shakeology is incredible, the workout programs we have are awesome and the community of people of support is just amazing. I started for me and now I continue on my journey for others. You’ve heard me say I hope you get a Beachbody Program and you come along with us on the journey, but if not, do SOMETHING!! If Tracy can do it, and if I can do it, you can do it too. You need to do it, not just for you but for the ones you love. Come along with us and help us End the Trend of Obesity in the United States, Canada and around the world!!