arlene had always been an active, slender girl who never worried much about her figure. then she had three kids in four years and found herself 86 pounds heavier than she’d ever been. after a few years of yo-yoing, a divorce left her a stressed-out, unhealthy single mom raising three young children. she was eating horribly, not taking care of herself, depressed and exhausted, wondering how on earth she got here. then she had a moment of stark clarity.
and the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. arlene sat in a hospital cafeteria, about to dig into a large helping of greasy mac + cheese that would easily feed at least three people. her father had just had open heart surgery, and she couldn’t get the image of him in his ICU recovery room, buried under wires and hooked up to multiple machines, out of her mind. she didn't even recognize her own father. she took a bite of her food and then stopped as it dawned on her that she didn’t want her kids to see her hooked up to these same machines someday. she pushed the mac + cheese away, sick to her stomach and afraid. she knew it was time for a change. she had to emerge from her bud and start blossoming, both for her kids and herself. she would not let her divorce define her. she started making changes that day.
things didn’t happen overnight, but she took small steps each day, working hard to break her pattern of negative self-talk. then, after finding love again with a positive, uplifting man who not only loved her just the way she was, but also knew his way around the gym, she began working out. she was setting goals for herself and seeing results, but with a move to a new town and her husband often traveling for work, accountability was her biggest challenge.
enter fitbook. with arlene’s penchant for list-making and desire for accountability, it was the perfect fit, helping her lose 25 pounds, and taking her from a size 12 to a size 8. there have been a few hiccups in her journey, but with fitbook by her side, she’s always found her way back.
fitbook in her own words:
i was logging my workouts, my food, setting goals and reaching them. i was on FIRE!! then my friend suggested i join a local weight-loss program with her to help lose those last few pounds. again, i put down my fitbook, thinking this new program would provide everything i needed. wrong. i started putting back on the weight i’d lost. in the end, i went back to what I KNOW works for me. i picked up another fitbook, as well as a fitspiration journal and purchased a fitbit. i made sure my faith in God and in myself was part of my morning strength-building.
i know now that i am more than a number on a scale, BUT that i do still need to be accountable for what i put in my body.
like so many, arlene’s initial weight-loss success inadvertently switched her into auto-pilot mode. she figured she had the equation down and therefore felt she was equipped to go it alone. while that may work for some, in the end, arlene figured out she requires the daily accountability her fitbook offers. it keeps her focused, inspired and on-track with her weight maintenance. well arlene, you have definitely blossomed! thank you so much for sharing your story with us! your courage and strength is what keeps us inspired. it’s why we do what we do + love every minute of it.