For the first time in my life, I hit my goal weight.
For those of you who have been following my story about living with a Candida overgrowth in my gut (see post The New Normal, part 3), I have been struggling to figure out why my body seemed to hate me so much. After working with my naturopath and figuring out the reasons for these health issues, the next challenge was actually making the necessary lifestyle changes to get healthy again. My naturopath also mentioned that once I started to make these changes, I would finally start to lose weight, something that I had been unable to do for years.
Whenever I would mention to people that I wasn’t feeling “right” or that I wanted to lose weight, I was met with comments like “Why do you need to lose weight? You weigh, like, 85 pounds!” I quickly learned that in their eyes, my issues weren’t as important as theirs because I didn’t look overweight, or like anything was wrong at all. But when you stand at 5’1″ and have a tiny frame, even a few extra pounds makes a difference. Truthfully, their comments hurt, even though I pretended I didn’t care. I knew, deep down, that something was wrong, and I was determined to change it.
This morning when I stepped on the scale, it read 119.6. My original goal (that I never dreamed I’d make) was 120 lbs. For those of you who don’t know, I started this Candida journey at 138 lbs, which means that I have lost approximately 18 lbs! Years ago, when my doctor told me that I should weight something like 118 lbs, I laughed and didn’t believe her, because it seemed so outrageous. But now, not so much. And if it sounds like I’m bragging a little, I am.
I honestly don’t have a weight loss goal in mind, even before I saw the scale this morning. My main goal with these lifestyle changes was (and still is) to get healthy overall, and I am well on my way to achieving that goal – the weight loss was honestly a bonus. I will continue to maintain these healthy lifestyle changes, because I have seen extraordinary positive results!
Thank you, God!