How did you feel before you began training?
When I made the decision to finally begin training, I was probably at one of the lowest points ever in my life. I was morbidly obese, depressed, and on multiple prescription medications for various things. I was embarrassed by how I looked, and couldn't really figure out when or how things had gotten so out of control. As a paramedic, work was difficult for me. I found it difficult to carry needed equipment up a flight of steps, to move patients, or to even get into some spaces or positions required of me over the course of a shift. I didn't want to go anywhere or do anything because it was all just HARD.
What motivated you to take the first step?
I had finally hit rock bottom for me. I woke up one day and decided I didn't like living like that any longer, and that I needed to make some changes if I wanted to continue to be around for my husband and my son. I was exhausted all the time, and didn't want to feel that way any longer. I finally had gotten to a place where not only had I decided that I really, truly needed to do something about my weight and health, but I honestly believed that I was worth the effort, and I deserved to put myself first for once.
After the first month, how did you feel?