Growing up in Sydney, NE, eating well, exercising and maintaining a healthy lifestyle was never the top focus on anyone’s mind. For us, food was (and is) life. Everything we do, every celebration, get-together and weekend activity revolved around the constant need to eat the heartiest meals alongside our family and friends.
I mean, what else is there for anyone to do in one of the most desolate cities in the Midwest? Trying to be “healthy,” meant bringing a carrot cake or cookies with raisins in them instead of chocolate chips to the family potluck…that is about as “healthy” as we got.
Luckily for me, growing up, I had a metabolism faster than Usain Bolt. Even through high school, my body never saw an ounce of the horrible suffering I was putting it through due to my terrible eating habits. If only I had realized at an earlier age just how much damage I was doing to my body, I may have been able to protect myself from the horrible heartache I would see in the years to come.
I met my husband in the 8th grade, when his family moved to Sydney from a small town in Southern Texas. At the time, our entire middle school only consisted of 125 students, so your “options” were slim. However, that didn’t matter in our case; we had an instant connection. I will never forget how entirely smitten I was with the new boy that moved just 3 houses down from my parents’. You can only imagine how our relationship exploded from there. Late night sneak outs to the fields behind our house, weekends spent at the drive-in before either of us were even technically old enough to drive. It was a true-life fairytale, right in the heart of good ol’ Sydney, NE.
We got engaged shortly after High School graduation, but decided to wait until after we finished college to tie the knot. We had both been accepted to the University of Nebraska and opted to share a small apartment in the city, as opposed to staying in opposite dorm rooms. Only a few months into our freshman year, my body began to start seeing changes. Blame it on the excessive beer we consumed every Thursday-Saturday evening, but I knew deep down it was my body finally beginning to react to the damage I had been doing to it my entire life. Of course, my fiancé continued to eat & drink as he had done his entire life and still saw no repercussions. How is it that a man can eat an entire pizza, 5 cheeseburgers and French fries in one sitting and still manage to lose a pound that day?? Well that was my future husband for you. Never having to realize or deal with the constant struggle I was now facing on a daily basis.
By the end of our freshman year I had gained 17 pounds. Not only did this greatly affect my own personal self-esteem, but also I could see how differently my fiancé began to look at me. Although he would tell me I was beautiful to him no matter what, he also made sure to throw in the “are you sure you are still hungry” or “maybe we should skip dessert tonight” comments. You can only imagine how these statements affected me, and I quickly knew I needed to make a lifestyle change. Unfortunately, I was only interested in immediate results and did not take into account my health as the top priority. I quickly fell into a deep spiral battling both anorexia and bulimia for months. My husband knew something was not right with me, but easily turned his head as the weight began drifting away. During this time in my life, I was always angry or sad, or both, and began separating myself from my family and friends who were showing deep concern for me; however, I immediately turned defensive and accused my loved ones of being jealous that I had so easily, and “naturally” lost the weight I had gained the previous year.
The battle with anorexia and bulimia continued all throughout college. While I was miserable on the inside for over 3 years while my weight fluctuated back and forth, I was more concerned with keeping my fiancé in complete adoration and swept my personal health, happiness and well-being aside. Before I knew it, we were well into our senior year and planning our wedding back home for late summer. I kept telling myself that if I could just keep the weight off through the wedding, I could then begin to focus on more healthy alternatives to keep the weight off. If only I had managed that mentality a bit better…
Summer was here before we knew it, and our wedding went off without a hitch. I on the other hand, was broken inside. I ate nothing but fat free cottage cheese and celery sticks for almost 3 weeks before the big day. As I walked down the aisle, I could hear the whispering from my friends and family who hardly recognized me – I was 5’7’’ and only 110 pounds. Again, that did not seem to bother my future husband in the least as he told me over and over again that he had never been more attracted to me.
The first year of marriage was anything but “the honeymoon stage.” After battling my eating disorder for almost 4 years at this point, I was tired and weak. I finally had my husband, safe in marriage, and I thought he could never leave me. I quickly turned back to my old eating habits, eating whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted and never second guessing what I was putting into my body. It only took me less than a year to pack on over 50 pounds. And it didn’t stop there. Over the next couple of years my weight continued to steadily increase. My husband’s passive aggressive comments and attitude towards me continued to change with every pound I put on. He started “working late,” spending more time with his buddies on the weekends and I began seeing less and less of him. Not exactly how anyone would envision his or her first few years of marital bliss going. What had happened to that perfect boy I had met in 8th grade, the one that looked at me as though I was the only person that existed in this world? Or why was I so blind to see that he was not the only one that had changed over the years? Needless to say, I am sure you can guess where our relationship was headed…
It wasn’t until our fifth year of marriage when I started suspecting my husband’s infidelity. Although I am positive it happened much sooner than that, I was too busy buried in a bag of potato chips or a bowl of ice cream to really notice what was going on at the time. Once I became suspicious, I started going through my husband’s texts and emails and sure enough found several correspondence between him and a…let’s just call her Vivian for safekeeping. When I confronted him about it, he admitted to everything without hesitation. Said he had lost the attraction to me years ago and was now in love with Vivian. He moved out 2 days later…
As you can imagine, my whole world was completely turned upside down the day my husband moved out. Everything I had known, and loved, since the 8th grade was now a complete stranger to me. My life turned dark and lonely, and of course, I turned to food as my only comfort. I had reached just under 300 pounds, 287 to be exact, before I made the biggest decision to turn my life around. Instead of hating my husband and blaming him and the rest of the world for what he had done to me, I knew I needed to take responsibility for the damage I had been doing to myself, my body and my relationships for years. It was finally time for a change. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, and that I was going to need the support of my family and friends.
I began asking around and doing research on the most effective, healthiest and safest ways to lose weight. Over the years, I had always heard about different diet pills, weight loss programs, etc. and I had always been a huge skeptic. I ran into an old friend of mine, who was always a bit overweight, and she looked fantastic. I asked her what her secret was, and she shared with me the life changing Pure Life Garcinia and Pure Life Detox. You may have heard of Pure Life Garcinia in the news. It’s made from a completely organic fruit – scientifically proven to tear away fat from your body. In studies by renowned health research institution UCLA in Los Angeles – Pure Life Garcinia has been proven to ignite your metabolism and your body’s hidden fat burning capabilities by 318% when taken regularly. However, the secret to success is to also partner it with Pure Life Detox. The idea behind combining the products is that while the Pure Life Garcinia encourages weight loss and increases energy, Pure Life Detox helps rid your body of toxins and allows your body to work and burn calories more efficiently for the long term.
These products sounded too good to be true, right?? But, I saw how amazing my friend looked and knew I needed to put Pure Life Garcinia and Pure Life Detox to the test. What did I have to lose?? Both products arrived to me within 4 days of placing my order, and it was simple: take one Pure Life Garcinia pill in the morning and one Pure Life Detox pill in the evening. I was astonished by how quickly I began to see results.
Within the first week I was amazed with my energy level – I had more energy than I had had in years! And the best part, I was never hungry. Of course I maintained a healthy diet throughout the day; however, I didn’t crave those fatty, greasy foods I spent years indulging in. From there, the pounds just began slipping away…9 pounds in week 1, 12 pounds in week 2 and before I knew it, I lost over 100 pounds in the first year! Now, a year and a half later, I weigh 153 pounds and I feel happier and healthier than ever!
I did not write this article to try and “sell” a product to you. More so, I felt as though it was important to share my story with the millions of women in the world who struggle with their weight on a daily basis. You are not alone, and the best part, there is a fast and extremely safe solution for you – Pure Life Garcinia and Pure Life Detox. As I said, I could not be happier with my results, and I hope I have at least encouraged you to take the next step to making major changes that are needed in your life. Of course, feel free to reach out to me with any questions at [email protected]. Best wishes to you!
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