Waking Up To My Purpose

Lately I’ve had the feeling that I’ve been sleep walking through most of my life. Just going through the motions with no real purpose. Every job I had had no purpose other than to pay the bills and keep a roof over my head. Sure, those things are important. But is that all there is to life. Get up, go to work to pay the bills. Go to bed. Maybe the odd vacation to give you a bit of fun. Then rinse and repeat. None of those jobs gave me any sense of satisfaction. None of those jobs were rewarding or enabled me to make a difference in someone else’s life.

This has all changed now.

The last few years have been a journey. I’ve been through weight gain and weight loss. I’ve been blessed to have been able to reverse type 2 diabetes…Something I’d heard about for years but never truly believed I could do. I nearly went blind. Thank God cataract surgery is so simple now.

I went through all this for a reason. This is the moment I have woken up to my Purpose. I went through all this so I could show others what is possible. There are so many people out there who are hurting, physically and emotionally. This is why I share my journey so much. To give HOPE to those who need it.

I may never know who’s life I touch. Who may begin their own journey to better health. Because good health is more valuable than money. And if I AM making a difference to others, then everything I went through was worth it.

This is why I share my story so much.

This is my PURPOSE. move mountains

A Lifestyle Change: The Key To Your Health

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This time four years ago I went to the doctor for a check up. My A1C was 7.2 and the doctor wanted to put me on a second medication to get my diabetes under control. After doing research we found one of the COMMON side effects of this drug was liver damage!

Enough was enough. This was the trigger for me to start my weight loss journey. Now here I am 70 lbs lighter and off all medication for 3 and a half years.

Sometimes you need a trigger. Something to make you wake up and realize you have to change the things that are not good for you.

Or you can just decide to do it before you hit a crisis. I’m sure that doctor had no idea his “simple” decision to put me on another drug was going to be the catalyst for me to change my life so drastically. But I will always be grateful to him for giving me the kick I needed.

It’s easy to just take a pill to deal with what ails you. But often all you really need is a lifestyle change. Most drugs are designed to treat the symptoms, not the disease. After all, why would Big Pharma want to cure you? You’re no good to them if You’re not buying their product.

Most drugs are also not designed to be taken for a long period of time. So eventually You’re put on a stronger drug, or a second medication. More money for Big Pharma.

Changing your life isn’t easy. Old habits are hard to break. But with the right motivation you can do anything you set your mind to.

January is just around the corner. The month where we make new years resolutions. And just as quickly break them. But why wait until January. Today is Monday. The start of a new week. Make small changes that you can easily maintain. Small changes, over time, can add up to a big difference to your health. And to your life.

It’s Never Too Late To Start – Christine’s Weight Loss Journey

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This is my story.  I hope that by sharing my personal weight loss journey, I not only inspire others, but influence people to say, ‘if she can do this, so can I’. 

I am 50 years young. 😁  I live in Freehold, NJ.  I have always been overweight since I was a teenager.  Yes, I tried everything:  Weight Watchers, Slim Fast, going to the gym, etc.  I would lose weight but as with most plans, once you stop following what you have to do, the weight comes back and then some.

In July 2015, I was watching how my husband Dave was losing weight, getting fit and was able to come off his diabetes medication.  I decided to join him on our new health journey.

I joined My Fitness Pal and we joined Planet Fitness.  I started taking Peak Performance Metabolic Packs of patented vitamins, minerals and supplements along with Ultra Performance and Proflex protein shakes, Access bars, Fiberwise, Attain and Simply Fit snacks.  They were the first tools to help me to finally start losing weight at the age of 47.

In 1 1/2 years, I lost about 70 lbs.  In the following year, I was stuck.  I was still watching what I ate and going to the gym, but I plateaued. 😢

I was wondering what can I do other than starve myself??  I had been in a secret weight loss Facebook group and printed the plan and read the posts.  I was skeptical because I used to eat cinnamon oatmeal 4 times a week and a healthy cereal the other 3 days.  Not to mention that I normally would eat just 2 big meals and a snack.  Now for this weight loss plan, I had to eat a protein source first thing and not have oatmeal or cereal in the first two weeks and eat or have a shake 6-7 times a day?  And did I mention, that Dave and I were vegetarians so we don’t eat meat, fish or chicken and we know that is a huge protein source?

Well, I figured I didn’t have anything to lose but my weight so I joined the the weight loss challenge on March 16th of this year. 

I couldn’t believe it!  I not only lost 10 lbs in 6 weeks, but about 17 inches!  I felt great, had more energy and knew that this sensible real life weight loss plan truly worked. 😀  This great weight loss plan was created, developed and copyrighted by an amazing woman with a heart of gold, Susan Torborg.  She has helped thousands of people just like me to lose weight, get rid of inches and the extra flab and feel great!  Even people who don’t have to lose weight, like my husband Dave, followed the plan closely and he lost 10 lbs and inches and what he says is his stubborn flab.  He looks and feels like a new man! 😍

After the 6 week challenge was over, Dave and I would still follow the plan about 75% but knew we could easily go back to following week 1 again if we had a few ‘guilt free’ days and felt ‘fluffy’, as I would say.  Those are the words that Susan Torborg says, ‘you have guilt free meals or days, never cheat meals’.

I did the second challenge in September and even though I just lost 3.4 lbs, again I lost about 17 inches!

To put things in perspective, since starting my weight loss journey in mid July 2015, I lost a total of 91 lbs and 67 1/4 inches.

Since March 16, 2018, when I first started this sensible weight loss plan, I lost 21 lbs, which is 21.5% of my total weight loss.

But, this is where this plan is proof that it works, especially in inches lost. 

Since March 16, 2018, I lost 28 1/4 inches, which is a whopping 42% of my total inches loss!

➡️ 42% of my total inches lost was in 7 months! 😲

I used to be a size 26 and now I wear size 14! I am down 6 sizes!

I used to be the one that if you looked at me, on the outside I would always look happy and cheerful but inside I was sad because of how heavy I was.

Now, I am happy inside and out and truly feel great!  I know I still have more to lose but I will get there. 

I actually now love going to the gym and using the weight strengthening machines and free weights.  I want to be not only healthier, but fit.

With all the tools I have, including this sensible weight loss plan, created by Susan Torborg, I know I have the mindset to continue working on me.

Thank you to God; my wonderful husband, who is my #1 cheering partner; my family and friends and of course Susan Torborg, for having the best weight loss plan around! 

I am so happy now that at my age, 50, I am finally on a wonderful life long healthy journey that I wish I started 30 years ago.  But, at least I started 3 years ago.  I know I have inspired others and hopefully influenced people to start.  That is what my life mission is:  to help others become exactly who they want to be.  ❤ ❤

Please know that I am here to help anyone who wants to be bold to take that first step.  You may email me at christine@4pathstowellness.com

(If you suffer from type 2 diabetes or know anyone who might, or if you prefer to message Dave, you can email him at dave@4pathstowellness.com)

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The Importance Of Before and After Photos On Your Weight Loss Journey

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Losing weight can be frustrating at the best of times.  Your mind can play all kinds of tricks on you.  Sometimes you can look in a mirror and see your progress.  Other times you can look in the same mirror and still see the person you used to be.  That can be so frustrating.

Don’t let that derail you.

One thing that’s sure to show you exactly how much you have changed is a good before and after comparison photos like the one above.  If you’re just starting out on your weight loss journey make sure to take lots of before photos.  No matter how much you hate having your picture taken.  As you go along on your journey you’ll be glad you have them.  Those before photos are like mile markers on a long road trip.  They will show you exactly how far you have come.  You could take a photo every month so you have a record of your success.  Make sure to take front and side views, as well as face and full body photos for maximum motivation.

Don’t Let Life Pass You By Without Starting Your Change Today

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Do you ever think life is just passing you by so who cares, why should I start something now?

Think about it. Five years or even 20 years will come and go. 

One thing that won’t change – you getting older as the years pass by. 

What can change?  You!  You can start today to change how you want to be, look, feel and how healthy you want to be in 5 or 20 years.

You have that power!  You can do something about it.  You can start to do something today and stick with it to be the person you can be: healthy, fit, vibrant and with a positive mindset.

Will it be easy?  I never said starting will be easy.  As the time goes on, you will have your mindset focused on the fact that you *can* and will do this for yourself.

Will it be worth it?  Oh yes! Ask yourself in 5 or 20 years.  The new ‘older’ you will thank you for starting today. 

(Written by Christine Whitmore – co owner of 4 Paths To Wellness®)