It gives me great pleasure to announce that the winner of my first giveaway is Stacy-Ann Williams! As promised, she will receive a brand-new copy of Holly Perkins’ latest DVD, Slim Sexy Strong, along with a pair of 5lb dumbbells. The rules were to share a photo of where you work out on the One Opinionated Woman Facebook page and say why you do it. Stacy-Ann did exactly that and here’s her story for all of our benefit and encouragement. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the second anniversary of My Fitness Revolution and the prize couldn’t have gone to a more deserving gal!
You know the story, I’ve been overweight all my life, etc. etc. etc. And I’ve been losing weight all my life too. A 10lbs here, a 25lbs there. So why now? Well I got divorced, yes, my 16 year relationship that started when I was 19 years old, ended. And it made me question everything about myself and what I really wanted for my life.
And then there were my two boys. I got so scared, so scared that I wouldn’t be able to take care of them if I got sick. Who would be there for them now that their daddy wasn’t there anymore? I was diagnosed with PCOS before I had my first baby. Thankfully, I got pregnant easily. But I was tired ALL THE TIME! My day was over by 3 pm, I dragged myself to make it through the rest of the day. With PCOS, the weight just creeps up and before I knew it I was 272 lbs. And I know better. I’m an encyclopedia of weight loss information. So I decided that I had to grow up because there couldn’t be three children in the house. Somebody has to take care of them and it starts with me taking care of myself.
So I wake up and I work out, but not only that I am on the “they say” diet, I do as much of what “they say” I should do, eat, take, and sleep. It’s a combination of healthy eating, timing, sleep, supplements and exercise.
So why do I exercise? Out of fear. Yep, fear that I may die, fear that my children won’t have the best mother possible, fear that I will keep saying “I need to lose weight” and never do, fear that I will never be the person I am determined to be. The book on procrastination “It’s about time” tells me to use fear as a motivator and as a mother, it certainly works. I’m really sick and tired of living with this underlying fear though, so I exercise and do what I have to do. And as Jillian Michaels says, “When you feel the burn, that’s fear leaving the body!”