Growing up I was the last person who would ever have been accused of being athletic.
I was teeny, scrawny, had a heart murmur and was “allergic” to anything
that involved sweating. I was also a compulsive over-eater. When I hit puberty,
my metabolism changed and I doubled my weight in one year. Since I was already
the school geek and prone to being everyone’s favorite punching bag, the
extra weight didn’t do my self-esteem any good and I developed Bulimia.
After 15 years of suffering through my self-destruction, I was able to overcome
Photo by Dan Ray,
courtesy of MuscularDevelopment.com
I struggle with my mental pre-dispositions everyday, I just look myself in the
mirror & yell, “Stop it!”, when I feel like I may falter.
years after I married Patrick, he was diagnosed with morbid obesity and ordered
to a health awareness class because he was told he would die if he didn't change.
That is when I realized how big he had become (significantly obese). He weighed
in at 302 lbs, 43% bodyfat, but I was not much smaller at 188 lbs, 38% bodyfat.
I knew that if we didn't do something together, that neither one of us would make
It had to be something that would interest us both. That
something turned out to be bodybuilding. Since then I am proud to say that between
the two of us, we have lost about 250 lbs. My weight is now increasing once again
but it is all lean mass. I can’t tell you what bodybuilding has done for
my self-esteem. Anyone who thinks that they are the same person now that they
would be thin, just has no idea. Truly, we have been able to do so much because
we changed our lives. We are now both Paid Call Firefighters; Emergency Medical
Technicians; Apprentice Stunt Persons & Certified Personal Trainers. Not too bad
for folks who once became winded due to the exertion of feeding themselves & broke
their mattress because they were so fat. I’ve even done 3 Full-Body Burns
so far. If we can do it, anyone can.