Jamie Aston started gaining weight when her mother passed away 11 years ago. Depressed and in a "horrible marriage," she felt completely alone.
"I just kept gaining and gaining. I ate anything in sight and lots of it," the 37-year-old writes in a blog for The Huffington Post. "There wasn't a night I went without dessert. I would go downstairs after everyone went to bed and eat more. If no one saw me, then it must not matter, right?"
But her breaking point came last February when she got out of the shower and looked in a mirror for the first time in months. "[I] broke down crying," she shares. "My friends wanted to do a neon 5K, and my shirt could barely cover me. I was so embarrassed. I decided enough was enough!"
Weighing 271 lbs., Jamie began her weight-loss journey by eating healthier. "I eat lots of veggies and fruit and protein now...I drink nothing but water or fresh-brewed tea with little or no sugar."
The mother-of-three adds, "I also started hitting the gym six days a week. The seventh day I would find something to do to be active outside, like roller skating, swimming or riding a bike." But going to her local gym was nerve-wracking in the beginning.
"I didn't want people staring at me," Jamie admits. "I wore oversized clothes to try and hide the extra pounds bouncing around." But she soon noticed she was getting stronger, both physically and emotionally.
"I left my husband, and that lifted even more pressure and weight off of me," Jamie writes. "I went from sitting on the side watching my kids play sports to participating with them! I still have some weight to go — I'm trying to hit my goal of 100 pounds lost — but I feel alive again!"
Now weighing 186 lbs., Jamie says she no longer feels trapped. "You have to push yourself outside your comfort zone and try new things. Once you do, the world looks bigger and better."
Head over to The Huffington Post to read the rest of Jamie's blog.
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