Living a healthy lifestyle takes effort each and every day. Some days are harder than others and maybe you are just starting your journey to health.
If you are like the many who want to get healthy but don't know where to start, I'm here to tell you that I was in your shoes just 4 years ago.
Back in March of 2012, I was just newly engaged and began dreaming about my perfect wedding day. What would my dress look like? What flowers should I choose? What colors would be the main focus? Where should we have the reception? All these questions (and MORE!) were running through my head at the time!
But, in the midst of the excitement was a feeling of insecurity.
I began to realize that the focus will be on my fiancé and me the whole day and I began to feel nervous.
Now, I have always loved being in the spotlight ever since I was a little girl. I am no stranger to the stage, singing in front of thousands of people, giving speeches or making presentations. This was different.
On stage I could pretend to be someone else, dress the part and people would only critique my acting and singing skills.
On my wedding day, everyone would be looking at my dress/how I look in my dress and family I haven't seen in a VERY long time would be seeing me for the first time in YEARS. It's an understatement to say that I wanted to look my best.
One day, I decided to weigh myself just out of curiosity. I was devastated. The number that popped up was depressing...I was the heaviest that I had ever been.
I felt ugly. I looked at myself in the mirror and in pictures and could finally see what that number on the scale reflected.
I knew I had to do something. I wanted that extra weight gone...yesterday!
I began searching the web for quick fixes. I tried some powder that you sprinkle on your food to help you eat less, I tried some dangerous diet pills that made my heart race, I went to a weight loss center and bought all of that artificial food and went on their "nutrition" program, tried intense exercise DVD programs, but nothing worked.
I felt discouraged. I had a year to get the weight off and I quickly found out that it wasn't going to be easy. After many failed attempts and eating what I thought was healthy food, I turned to the Internet once again and did some serious research.
In the back of my mind, I always knew what I had to do, but I was lazy and didn't want to work that hard. I knew that exercise and eating a clean diet was the key to saying goodbye to the extra-unwanted pounds.
While doing research on the many lifestyle changes that I would have to do, I somehow stumbled upon this Wu-Long Slimming Tea.
I read all about it and it almost sounded too good to be true. But, since my research told me to consume whole foods and focus on clean eating, I thought I would give this tea a try since it was 100% oolong with nothing added and no pesticides.
I knew it couldn't hurt. I ordered a box and gave it a shot.
I have never been a tea drinker and didn't know much about tea, but I was really excited to see if this tea would help me on my journey to get healthy.
I'll be honest. It was tough getting into a routine of drinking 2 cups a day. Before this, I wasn't in any routine to drink coffee or anything other than water first thing in the morning, but the tea turned out to be really delicious and I actually looked forward to it.
I knew that there wasn't a miracle solution for losing weight and even though I was drinking this tea, I had to do my part as well. I added in some exercise to my daily regime and decided to cut out a few unhealthy foods FOR GOOD (bread, ice cream, juice & soda). Yes, there is some research out there that says you can have your favorites in moderation, but I knew that would be disastrous for me. I knew that if I allowed myself some ice cream, I wouldn't stop at one scoop and would quickly spiral out of control. I knew that not having the foods around was better for my success.
After a couple of months living this new lifestyle, I began to see results. When the experts say that losing weight is difficult and it takes a good amount of time to see results, they aren't kidding. I was losing about a half a pound a week and some weeks I just stayed the same.
It was a little discouraging, but I decided to stick with it since it was actually working.
When it came time to look for a wedding dress, I still wasn't happy with how each dress looked on me. I found one that I loved and I was so convinced that I was going to lose more weight that I ordered the dress a size smaller than was suggested for me.
This gave me even MORE motivation to get in shape.
When it came time for my first dress fitting, you can imagine how nervous I was. Did I make a mistake ordering the dress smaller? Will it fit? Will they have to let it out? My mom zipped it up and I never even imagined what happened next would be a possibility.
The dress fell off my body!
In that moment, I was so proud of myself. I have never succeeded in losing weight before and the fact that I had exceeded my expectations made me extremely emotional.
After many dress fittings, a knee injury and lots of encouragement from my fiancé and family (not to mention my clothes were fitting MUCH better), on my wedding day I was the thinnest I had ever been.
I successfully lost 34 pounds by my wedding day and I finally felt beautiful!
I was no longer insecure about the way I looked. I was proud of my perseverance, determination and the fact that I actually achieved my goal. I was proud to walk down that aisle with my dad by my side, because I knew that even though the road was tough and there were times when I didn't think it was possible, I worked through it and came out on top.
I am so grateful to have stumbled upon the website while sitting on the couch, miserable, willing to try anything.
Even after I lost the weight, I continued to drink the tea because of the way it made me feel! It gave me so much energy to get through the day and working in a doctor's office, it boosted my immune system and kept me healthy all year long. I also noticed that it got rid of my morning brain fog and helped me to think clearly, so of course, I kept it up.
Loving the tea so much, I contacted Okuma Nutritionals and told them my success story. They were so happy to hear of my journey and asked if they could use my story on their website to motivate others who may feel the same.
I obviously agreed and told them that I would love to work for them if they ever had any openings.
One year later, I received an email from the CEO saying, "there's an opening and we'd love for you to work on our team!"
I was elated! I started out in Customer Service and now I'm able to provide helpful information to anyone who will read it and hopefully motivate others to change their lives.
But my journey doesn't end there. When Okuma Nutritionals contacted me, I was pregnant with my first baby and due in 5 months.
After my daughter was born in May 2015, I immediately began drinking my Wu-Long tea again and was excited to lose that baby weight. Throughout my pregnancy, I gained 30 pounds and in 5 months I had already lost 20 pounds just from drinking my Wu-Long Tea. By the time my daughter was 8 months, I had lost 20 more pounds for a total of 40 pounds lost!
I never miss an opportunity to drink my tea because it has done such wonders for me! With a 10-month old, I have the energy and alertness to keep up with her and keep from feeling overwhelmed. I literally go everywhere with either my tea bags or SlimTea Capsules in tow.
Mine is a truly unique story and I'm so extremely grateful to be a part of this family.
I'm not writing this to sell you anything, but to let you know that I have been there. I've been discouraged, insecure, depressed, and just overall unhappy with my health.
I know nowadays the mindset is to embrace your body no matter your size and I truly believe this! However, I wasn't happy with how I looked, I wasn't happy with how I felt about myself or with the person I was and I wanted to change that. I couldn't embrace my body because I didn't recognize that body. It wasn't me.
Throughout my journey, I learned that the only person who could change me, was me. You have to want it enough to actually do something about it and boy, I wanted it!
Sitting on the couch feeling sorry for myself was getting me nowhere and I couldn't blame my situation on anyone else but me. I took responsibility for my lifestyle and made the changes needed to look and feel my very best!
Yes, it takes time. Weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint. Losing weight slowly is the only way to ensure it stays off for good and doesn't make a quick comeback.
Wherever you are in your journey, hang in there and know that a little perseverance and determination can go a long way on your road to success. I'm here for you. I've been there. Keep up the great work!
Thank you for your time and attention each week and I look forward to hearing from you all!
Yours in Health & Happiness,
P.S. If you want to begin your journey to health, but don't know where to begin...start by purchasing a box of our Wu-Long Slimming Tea today! You will be so glad you did!
Remember, in a year you will be glad you started today. :-) Cheers to you!