Beth Ann Gailey started her weight loss journey in 2013 after she saw a surprising number on the scale at the doctor’s office. The story below was written by Beth Ann and gives a first-hand account of the struggles and accomplishments she encountered while striving to be healthier.
ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- I was standing on the scale at the doctor’s office in October 2013, and kind of like a bad case of sticker shock, I saw what was on the scale. A number I never thought I’d get to… a horrible number 215 pounds. How did I ever get to 215 pounds? How did I let this happen? What did I do to do this to myself? I mean I don’t eat badly, I tried to work out, but obviously I was doing something wrong. Something that my body just didn’t like. And it was that day I said “no more!” I couldn’t keep living like this… I needed to make a change.
I knew I couldn’t make the change on my own - I have a great support system at home and two great friends that have been with me at the gym almost every morning at 6 a.m. I got myself a fitness tracker, and decided, after a lot of research, I’d give myself 1,200 calories a day. I also knew it meant I couldn’t have much of anything I had in the past. I gave up alcohol, sweets, and the one thing that’s still my weakness, french fries.
I started my 6 day a week workout routine, which includes running/walking, Zumba, Spinning and Bootcamp. I even made it one of my goals to run my first race. I hate running, but I was determined to do it. And it had to be the Cardinals Care 6K, a charity close to my heart for the 4 years I’ve been in St. Louis.
I had/have a pretty strict routine. Grocery shopping was even a new experience, I mean I already had to check every label for gluten, since I have to eat gluten free, but now I have to check the calorie count on every box. It is really amazing to see. What you thought was healthy sometimes wasn’t what you thought.
I have a food scale and I weighed or counted everything so I got the right serving size and could make an accurate count of what I was eating. I also kept to my 1200 calorie a day routine pretty much everyday for a year. No cheat days for almost 2 months. I knew if I threw in a few cheat days early on, I would easily fall off the wagon no matter how much I hated seeing what was on the scale. But as I kept up with it the pounds started dropping off.
On September 7, 2014, along with some fellow co-workers from KMOV, I did run that 6K. I actually didn’t do half bad. I had a few moments of “what am I doing? I’m not a runner” and I had a few breaks in there. When I thought I couldn’t do it there was my boyfriend and some of our friends cheering me on along the race route. My goal was to finish in under 45 minutes…and I did it! I crossed that finish line and there was Claire Kellett and my other co-workers there to give a high five. I was so excited.
There I was 63 pounds down, just ran a 6K and about to head home for the Cleveland Browns home opener (Yes, I said Cleveland Browns - I’m a Cleveland girl, and I’m not ashamed to say the Browns are my team). This would be the first time my family saw me since I started losing the weight. I refused to send them pictures because I wanted the raw reaction. Let me tell you, mom cried. My family was so proud of my hard work and it was so fun seeing everyone’s reaction. Then I just had to worry about those last two pounds.
I already knew that September 27, 2014 was going to be a memorable one, but I didn’t know how much. See my co-workers in Promotions and I were nominated for a Mid-America Emmy, and we were going to the ceremony in Kansas City. I woke up that morning all excited for the evening, got on the scale and guess what there it was…150 pounds, my goal weight! And to top it off we walked away with an Emmy!
So the long journey that started in that doctor’s office a year ago, ended with me 65 pounds lighter and a shiny new Emmy!
I’m not going to lie, it was a long road. But I wouldn’t change it for the world. If someone told me years ago how much better I’d feel, well I would have liked to say that I would have done this earlier. But who am I kidding, I had to want to do this myself. I had to hit that low, and I’m glad I did.
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