The Road to Healthier Living


The journey toward a healthier lifestyle is a road that I didn’t see myself taking a few years ago. In fact, I thought I would be stuck yo-yo dieting; I was desperate for a better way to lose weight.

I used to be quite active as a child. I ran, was in gymnastics and dance, but as I grew older, those activities slowly stopped. I starting feeling too uncomfortable to participate. I found myself buying bigger sizes and feeling more frustrated.

After a while, I started justifying my weight gain to myself and everyone around me. I was simply a big girl, after all, despite my petite frame. A petite frame wouldn’t break chairs and burst through items of clothing. I even broke one of my favorite belts completely in half. How do you break a belt? That’s when I realized I needed to make a change.

The road toward fitness is not smoothly paved. In fact, it can be quite ugly, with jagged rocks and steep inclines. However, when I was ready to take the first step, I found that it was not that bad. Once I started, there was support all around me. Of course there are the skeptics and naysayers, but overwhelmingly, I found tons of support.

When the blinders of denial were finally removed, the reality was raw, disappointing, heartbreaking, and most of all, overwhelming. I remember thinking to myself, “how in the world did I let myself get to this point?” I didn’t have an answer, but I was determined to find something that would work for me so I could stop living a life of quiet desperation and actually start living.

I took some time to think things over and create an action plan. There would be no more games and no more fad diets. This change would mean a lot to me and I needed to take it seriously.

Little did I know that years later, I would love drinking fruit and vegetable smoothies every day, working out five to six days a week and living a healthier lifestyle. And this is just the beginning. I still have more weight to lose, but I am thankful to see the progress that I’ve made thus far.

Delores McCarter

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