marianne .

Being fat sucks. It does, it sucks. I’m not going to sugar coat it and make it seem like a fun thing to have
super cool rolls showing through your shirt because your bra is too tight or struggling to bend down to
tie your shoe because, dang that’s far!. Nope, it’s uncomfortable and hot and well, it just sucks. So you
keep putting one foot in front of the other, slogging through the days until one day you start to notice
the weight is legit weighing you down. You look in the mirror and don’t quite recognize yourself, or how
you’ve gotten there (where the eff did this 3 rd chin come from?!) Well, I just described myself. That’s
me. I was fat. As it turns out, last January (2018) my office held a “Biggest Loser” challenge and decided
it’s now or never…I joined the challenge! I weighed in in front of a Co-worker (something I was
TOTALLLLLLLY uncomfortable with) saw my weight, was bummed out, and vowed to change.
Last January I was nearly 300lbs. Let that sink in. See why I hated tying my shoes?! It has now been 13
months and I am nearly -100lbs less than I was when I began that Biggest Loser challenge at work!
(Spoiler Alert: I WON the challenge! I AM LITERALLY THE BIGGEST LOOSER!) Now, overall it hasn’t been
too hard…but looking back, it hasn’t been that easy either. I learned many things about myself I had not
known before, like discipline, determination and the ability to say NO! I overhauled my diet, I cut out
coffee, soda, sugar, bread, rice, pasta, tortillas, basically everything that made me happy…GONE! But do
you know what else happened? Weight began melting off. Quickly. Week after week, a few more
pounds. Two weeks, three weeks…..six weeks…twelve weeks, determination, discipline, saying NO! The
things I once thought I could not live without, were a distant memory! My cravings diminished for
sweets, and carbs in general. My cravings were now for weird things like zucchini, green beans and
chicken. WHO AM I?!? I began fueling my body with the new things I craved, and finished meals feeling
satisfied, and no longer riddled with guilt by pounding shit that wasn’t good for me (hello Mac N Cheese,
I see you taunting me) but, I had a goal, and I wanted to reach it. Now I have new goals and put my
leggings, tank top, and fitness shoes on and hit the pavement walking (not running…I said baby steps!)
I have made a promise to continue working on me, focusing on me, and making the right food decisions
to fuel me. I hung a note on my fridge and pantry cabinet, “EAT TO FUEL YOUR BODY, NOT YOUR
EMOTIONS!” Every morning I look in the mirror I smile, because that body reflecting back at me is proof
of my hard work, my mindful decisions and all the positivity I have showered myself in to get here. If I
can offer one piece of advice for anyone embarking on a weight loss journey is, “Be kind to yourself,
speak kindly to yourself, because you are always listening.”
You can find Marianne on IG at @mizzmarianne if you have any questions on how she started on her
weight loss journey or just to swing by to say hi!

Hi Friends! I run the Instagram Accounts @HilariousHumanitarian & @HumanitarianMom I am a Psychotherapist, Writer, Advocate, Educator & Life Coach. I am really passionate about the field of Mental Health, the ways in which humans connect with one another and optimizing our time on Planet Earth. I believe humor is a connector and opens doors where they otherwise would have been closed.

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