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The Beginning

As you read this blog, you will find Jason and I sharing food tips and recipes, what we do for exercise, and all the “traditional” things that you would expect to find in a blog about “Extreme Weight Loss”.

But, along with these tools and tips that we want to share, there are things that the show didn’t share with you—that are important, that MATTER to our story, and really, are a huge part of WHY we reached out for help.

Sam and Sabrina

If you were able to catch our show (and we hope you did!), you really only caught a GLIMPSE, a SMALL glimpse of our children.  I hope, that within that glimpse you were able to see what wonderful, kind, loving children they are.  Because they truly are.  They are our world and our true inspiration and we love them beyond all possible words.

When I found out I was pregnant with twins in 2006, it was truly one of the happiest days of my life.  I couldn’t wipe the smile off of my face all day long.  And the day they were born—even happier.  Jason and I were beyond thrilled to welcome two healthy children into the world.

With all the joy that Sam and Sabrina brought into our lives, I knew I was doing them a disservice by being overweight.  Not only because Jason or I couldn’t be as active as we wanted to be.  Not because we were eating junk food (they rarely saw that).  That was a small part of it.  Not even because I was overweight.  But because I truly felt HATE for my own self because I was fat.  I hated looking in the mirror.  I hated getting dressed.  I wondered if people were judging me and hated THAT feeling as well.

If I was overweight and okay with myself, that was one thing.  But I realized, as time went on, that my children were seeing my hatred of my own self—and that is a not a good thing.  I made sure to never speak those words in front of my children, but children KNOW.  They read people well.  They pick up on signals, on cues.  And I knew, it was only a matter of time before they would catch on.

I didn’t want our children to have a mother that hated herself.  I didn’t want our daughter OR our son to have a crappy body image.  I needed to set a better example.  Jason needed to set a better example.  We just didn’t WANT to change, we NEEDED to change, for our children.

And so, for the love of our children, I reached out to Chris.

 

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