October 2013


Author: Jim Hines

Almost everyone who has changed something significant in their life can point back at the moment that made them realize that they had to make that change. It is that moment when you realize that you do not want to keep doing what you are doing and that you want your life to be different. This is the story of a Lowcountry woman, the event that made her realize she had to lose weight, and how her weight loss has impacted not just her life but that of her family:

My name is Maggie. I work at a bank. I am 37 years old. I am married with two young children. I quit smoking about three-and-a-half years ago. Every six months after quitting smoking, I found myself gaining more weight. We live in a townhouse, and over time I found myself huffing and puffing going up and down the stairs. I was getting increasingly “grumpy.” When my children asked me to go outside and play with them, I would have to say no, because I did not have the energy. One day, a customer that I had not seen for a while came into the bank and said, “Congratulations, I did not know that you were pregnant.” I told him, “I am not pregnant. It’s all fat!” (I never saw that customer again.)

It was that moment when I knew I had to do something about my weight. In the past, I had tried every program and supplement out there, but nothing had worked. This time I did research and found one that did work. It taught me how to know the difference in when I was hungry and when I was having cravings for food. I also learned how to eat. I used to just put stuff in my mouth without thinking. I would eat lots of carbs and other “junky” foods. Now I know better. As I started to lose weight, I started to exercise. It was very hard for me because I had never really exercised before. I started with walking and eventually started running as well. I was very happy with the results. In 14 weeks I went from 172 pounds to 125 pounds, and I went from wearing a size 12 to a size 2.

The changes I made not only helped me, they helped my entire family. Now when my children ask me to go outside and play with them I can say yes. When I walk or run, my kids often go with me. I cook better for my family now that I understand how they should eat. My older child is excited about the fact that, between eating better and exercising with me, he has lost 10 pounds. He is always telling me that he wants to do what I am doing. The kids also keep an eye on what my husband is eating. When he grabs potato chips or other “bad” foods, they tell him that he should not eat them because they are not good for him.

I feel great. Now when customers come in who have not seen me, I hear things like, “I did not recognize you.” Or “Is that really you?” In November, my husband and I are going on a cruise. I was not too excited before I lost my weight, but now I am! I am more confident. I will be fine. I do not feel like I have to stay covered up all the time.

I had wasted a lot of money while trying to find a weight loss program that would work for me. The money I spent on this program was money I was happy to spend. It was so worth it. It was a life-changing event for me, and I am sure it can be for anyone!

For more information contact Equilibrium Weight Loss and Longevity at (843) 815-7576.

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