12 years ago I met someone on internet (John) who introduced me to a product-line called Herbalife. After corresponding with him I decided to “Give it a try”. As with anything you have to make up your mind if you want to be healthy. At that time I thought I did, and so I started replacing 2 regular meals with 2 Herbalife shakes each day.
I noticed a natural energy and a desire to put myself out there. Herbalife was a tool in helping me reach my goals the healthy way and when I followed it as I should the weight did come off.
If you have ever had to deal with obesity or as the doctors told me:”morbid obesity” then you may know what I was going through. My mind would wander and the desire to lose weight wasn’t as strong as my will to eat empty calories and things that were no good for me. I continued to gain weight and had shot up to around 500 lbs.
Right about the time I was at my highest weight, when the already bad marriage I had been in for 12 years was ended. I came out of it with literally the clothes on my back. I moved back in with my mom where my bedroom was their living room floor. That is when I really decided to do something. I went back to the Herbalife program: determined!
In the ten months I was at my Mom’s, I had lost a considerable amount of weight.
In September of 2008 John and I finally met in person and 2 months later we were married. The weight continued to come off.
I started developing an attitude (for the good) and along with losing weight I was gaining self esteem. I was putting on makeup and I didn’t focus on the scales but I eventually made it down to 301 lbs. I know that still sounds HUGE, but when you were 500 starting out, 300 makes you feel as light as a feather.
Things started really moving fast. We found the home we wanted, a log home that we had always talked about having someday. Since we both loved children, we decided to share our home and our love with a child or children that didn’t have anyone. Our plan was to adopt but when the chance to foster was introduced to us we agreed. I will not go into details (that’s another post) but it turned out to be a bad experience. We decided we couldn’t go through that again.
By that time our dream was to have a child so we did all we could to have one and we started with IVF. After a couple failed attempts we made the hard hard decision of stopping that dream.
After dealing with all this I turned to my vice: FOOD… I would skip the Herbalife and always come up with 100 excuses. You know them, I am sure.
Today is fatterday
I can eat what I want today because it’s a holiday.
it’s a special day.
It’s uneven date. I can keep going but surely you understand the just of it.
Slowly the weight creeped back lb by lb.
Then we decided to try Surgery. After talking to a doctor we decided on lapband. The doctor ordered me to go on a liquid diet for 3 weeks in order to shrink the liver before surgery. That is when I became faithful to Herbalife again. Those were the hardest 3 weeks but I did it and am so happy to say I never cheated once. The day of surgery I had lost a considerable amount of weight .
If I could do that with Herbalife I knew lapband was going to put me at my goal in no time. I was wrong.
My mind wasn’t set, I wasn’t ready to fix myself. I was ignoring what was working and had worked in the past for me. I found ways around the lapband. I had excuses of course, I always have them. Instead of losing with it I started gaining again.
Then we found out the reason I wasn’t losing was because there was a leak in the band. This meant another surgery. So I came out hopeful again but like before it didn’t work.
As you all know 9 months ago we moved to a new country and in those 9 months I have gone through several things. New experiences, new feelings, heartache etc. I turned to my old friend: FOOD.
12 years ago when I thought I was at rock bottom I don’t think I had quite hit there yet. In fact before Herbalife I was plunging there at a fast rate and I know without a doubt that Herbalife saved me by pulling me up. Thing is I was still hanging. I hadn’t quite reached the top.
I hadn’t realized I was slipping again. Now that I am thinking clear I can see that in the last couple months I was slipping fast. About a week ago I felt my feet touching the bottom. Thankfully I didn’t let go of the rope.
After a lot of tears and heart ache and talking it over with John, I decided to go back on the Herbalife.
I decided on 3 shakes a day with an occasional salad for lunch or dinner. When I say salad I don’t mean one filled with cheese, bacon bits, croutons and loaded with ranch. Only fresh veggies or healthy items. EXAMPLE: Lettuce, green peppers, onions, tomatoes and black olives and a bit of vinegar. From time to time I may have some fresh fish and of course I can eat all the wonderful fruit such as bananas and oranges.
Fact is, even just typing this out - I see Herbalife is always the thing that has worked in my life. It is natural and gives me natural energy. I feel so much better when it is involved in my day. My John changed from the driftwood I was hanging on to into the rock that supports me every step of the way with unchanging love.
There is so many excuses I told myself as to why I wasn’t doing the shakes.
I get tired of the same thing everyday
I like to chew my food
It isn’t realistic
Those are just more excuses.
It’s the fat talking. The thing is Herbalife Shakes doesn’t have to be the same everyday. They can be mixed in different drinks. Even coffee!
If I want to chew I can get a pack of gum.
It isn’t realistic is one I would secretly tell myself and what I have heard many people say. What is realistic then? Being morbidly obese watching life pass you by? Feeling alone and unloved? Waiting to die an early death?
My name is TABBY and I AM A FOOD ADDICT.
If an alcoholic can’t have alcohol during the day why should a food addict tempt themselves with overeating or choosing the wrong things. Of course an alcoholic doesn’t have to have alcohol to live. Everyone needs food to survive. After a month of a detox from food then I will re-evaluate and see where I need to go from there. If I will be ready to go to 2 shakes a day with a regular meal or if I will go another month on 3 Herbalife shakes a day.
I am so excited to share with anyone who is interested in my progress. If my progress can be motivation for something you want to change in your life then that’s even better. Right now I am doing this for ME.
My name is Tabby and I am still a Food Addict, But I am also A work in progress. There is many layers to me and those are just 2 of them.
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