My Story – Part 2
I’ve now lost just over 40 pounds. I feel fabulous. Actually, I feel like myself. This is the me that I was sure that other people were seeing … I now know that wasn’t at all the person that the world was seeing physically.
I hate to put a lot of value on physical appearance. It certainly is a small part of who a person is, but it has a large part to do with my self-esteem and for me – self-esteem equals confidence. Confidence equals being my best self all the time. So, for me, I need to look like who I’m trying to be (who I am).
I began this journey at 176 pounds. That’s a number that I never said out loud to anyone. Not my husband, not anyone. Ever. EVER. It’s also a number that I won’t see again. Ever. EVER.
I still have not exercised a single step, although I need to because I’ve lost so much weight that I am in need to some extreme toning. With that said, though, my body proportions have completely realigned. My shape is much more defined … more like it was before I had kids.
I still stop at McDonalds every morning for a large sweet tea. Yes, sweet with sugar … not sweet-n-low. Because of the appetite suppressant in ACE, my portion control is completely in check. I’ve learned that I can eat what I want, but because I’m eating it in smaller portions – it works for me. Do I eat a piece of cake every day? No. My sweet tea is my cake. But, if you are reasonable and honest – you can eat “real food” and still see the results that I have.
I’m expecting to hear some comments like “You’ve lost 40 pounds in 9 months. That’s really not that impressive.” To be honest, I’ve been sitting at this 38-40 pound mark for about 6 weeks. We’ve had some life issues that caused some massive eating out and I wanted to be sure that I could hold on to the weight loss through the stress. Another “Thank You Lord for ACE” moment. I ate out every.single.meal (breakfast/lunch/dinner/snacks) for 9 solid days and gained 1 pound. 1 pound. Can you imagine what that would have been if I had not been taking it? Oh my … I can. An easy 9-10 pounds for me.
ACE is just a complete answer to a prayer. I love everything about it – not just because of what it’s done for me, but also because of what I see it doing for people across the country. I’ve got co-workers and friends who are losing weight (and maintaining that weight loss) – their faces are bright; their smiles are wider. I love knowing that I had something to do with that.
As a distributer, I’m not following the traditional path of trying to quit my job by building a huge team. (Although some of the gals that are selling on my team are – and they have my FULL support!) But, I would be remiss if I didn’t say that I enjoyed the benefit of getting the product wholesale and making money on the side. My kids have inherited up some costly artistic “talents” and ACE is allowing me to support them. They are reaping the rewards of my loyal customers … and for that I am forever grateful.