Daisy discovered her way to better health through a weight management program. She now feels empowered to take on any challenge that comes her way. Read more about how she discovered balance, consistency, and sustainability in her diet and attitude toward food.
I often try to find an exact place or time, when my relationship with food became unhealthy. I grew up in a household that considered food celebratory in nature, and being a bit “chubby” signified good health. Although my parents were not overweight, my siblings and I were. Most of the time, our meals were healthy, considering what is available in the market today. We always had protein, salads, vegetables, but those carbs! Fast forward to high school and college, I began to wonder why I could not buy clothes as easily as my friends did, and if I wanted to wear something trendy, I struggled.
In nursing school, I began to inflict a lot of damage on my body, by doing fad diets that would give me quick results, but as soon as I returned to my previous eating habits, the weight gain doubled. I made excuses, such as, “I can lose weight whenever I want.” or “I’m a foodie, and I should not be deprived of any kind of food.”
I have been overweight for most of my adult life. I have never had a "normal" BMI and the concept of having a “healthy weight” was foreign to me. I have tried so many diets that have been unhealthy, all in the name of trying to fit in or be normal. I have realized, at the end of such a dysfunctional relationship with food, my weight loss came from creating a balance with food and activity that is sustainable. I recall years ago when I began to take spin classes. I was obsessed! And guess what; spinning 4-5 times a week did not help me lose weight, and it did not change my relationship with food. Balance, consistency, and sustainability are key.
Last March, I walked into Weight Watchers knowing I had hit rock bottom. I had to come to terms with my past, and unlock the key to my food issues. I was no longer afraid to admit the fact that my weight was a reflection of food issues that troubled me for years. Coming to terms with that is difficult. I have an incredible support system that encourages my efforts. I take it one day at a time. Not every day is perfect, but I have learned to do better with the next meal.
I have done a lot of self-reflection throughout this past year. No more excuses, no more rationalizing. I realized that if I did not do something soon, I would have a future filled with comorbidities due to this unhealthy lifestyle. I go to the gym 5 days a week, not for performance, but for attendance. My activity of choice is walking. I track everything I eat, I drink a gallon of water every day, and many insignificant rituals that I’m sure have nothing to do with weight loss. I never deprive myself of any food; I make choices. If I crave something that I feel “must” have, I eat it, record it, and move on. I weigh in weekly, and try to use the number for data and not for the purpose of defining who I am.
Weight Watchers meetings, specifically “Troop 730,” have provided a lifeline that I feel has been instrumental to my success. I spend time with people who share my story. Listening often helps me realize how far I’ve come. This is one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life, and here I stand. Whenever I start to become complacent, I revisit my “why” and go back to the day I walked into Weight Watchers for the first time. I never thought I could accomplish what I’ve done in the past 11 months. I have lost 65 pounds, and have gained a total mind shift that has impacted the choices I make on a daily basis. I am finally free from the “food demons” that plagued me in the past. I love the woman that I’ve become, and I AM UNSTOPPABLE.
Daisy Molina, MSN-Ed, RNC-LRN, CLS, CIME
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