Welcome to my blog. I’m so glad you’re here!
I’m just going to dive in and tell you a little about myself, and what this little project is all about. My name is Chris Maxwell, and I am all about changing my life for the better and helping others to be able to do the same. We are all awesome people, but sometimes because of our circumstances we lose ourselves and forget that.
I have wanted to help others lose weight and find their happy state for a long time. The only problem was that I was struggling to do this for myself. In the beginning of June 2016, I listened to some webinars that helped me realize that just because this dream seems crazy, it’s still my dream and I should chase it. So here I am. I want this blog to be a place where people can come to learn, get motivated, be able to share their successes and failures, and most importantly not give up on their journey. 100 pounds is a lot to lose, but it is not impossible! One little step at a time. I know we can do this together.
I’ll share a little about my history with you. I don’t think I ever remember a day in my life when I was thin. Even as a little girl I remember being told I was just chubby, and that I would grow out of it. I’m still waiting for that to happen. LOL!
As the years passed, my weight steadily increased. When I was in the 8th grade I went to a doctor for my thyroid. He gave me thyroid medication and put me on my first diet. I remember having to drink this nasty medicine everyday, as well as take water pills. By the time I went into 9th grade I had lost 30 pounds. That program was short lived and I don’t remember any more about high school other than walking down the hall and having the boys make fun of me, and having to participate in P.E. and be made fun of there. I pretended to not let it bother me, but that was a lie. It hurt, and made me feel like I wasn’t as good as other people.
I decided that I was going to prove to the world that fat people could do anything thin people could. I played volleyball, basketball, softball, rode bikes, was in little plays, was the president of FHA (future homemakers of America), and did very well in school. I also learned how to tole paint, sew, took an interest in genealogy, all kinds of crafts, and learned how to decorate cakes. Even though I did all that stuff, I still felt broken. It wasn’t until years later that I realized to prove that fat people could do it too, I had to continue to be a fat person. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot! If I would have put my energy into learning how to correct the problem, I would have been much better off.
I graduated from High School, and went to college. I wasn’t happy being away from home so that didn’t last very long. I came home and got a job at a sewing factory. I hated the job because I just sat at a machine all day, and it was boring. While I had all that time to think, I decided to serve a mission for my church. I put my papers in and waited to find out where I would go. The call didn’t come, and I found out that I needed to lose weight before they would send me. This was my next big encounter with a diet. I went to the doctor and he told me he didn’t want me to eat any fat. I didn’t feel like I could eat anything. Everything had a little fat in it. I don’t really remember losing a whole lot of weight, but soon I was cleared to go. So I spent the next two years in Kansas teaching people about the gospel. We did a lot of walking and I lost 40 pounds while I was on my mission.
After I came home from my mission it was a hard time. I lived out in the middle of the country, I didn’t have a car, and before long I had gained back everything I lost. So for the second time I had lost a considerable amount of weight and gained it back. I felt worse than if I’d never lost it in the first place.
Eventually I started college again. I thought I wanted to be a graphic designer. I loved the classes. It was a lot of fun. I started working for a printing place and found that I really didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. So I decided to move schools and follow my dreams of becoming a teacher.
After being at school for six months, I met the most charming young man. He swept me off my feet and six months later we were married. We had so much fun together. We did everything together. I was almost 27 when I got married, so we wanted to start a family right away, but that didn’t happen for us. I ended up going to fertility doctors, and I can’t tell you how many pregnancy tests I took. I was also told I needed to lose weight if I ever wanted to get pregnant. Nothing ever worked.
I did become a teacher shortly after I was married. I gained a lot of weight the first year I taught school. I imagine it was because I worked a least twelve hours a day or more and didn’t really feel like cooking when I got home. We ate out a lot that first year, and it showed.
About seven years into our marriage, we started to consider adoption. We were living in an apartment at the time, and knew we would never pass a home study there. So we started designing and building a house. About two years later we were able to put our adoption papers in and a year to the day we were able to have a wonderful baby girl join our family. Then over the course of the next 6 years we were able to add another two children to our family through the blessing of adoption.
Through the years I had times when I really tried to lose weight. I did a program at the hospital, ordered programs, read books, tried weight watchers three times, and tried fad diets like drinking lemonade with cayenne pepper in it so many times a day.
When I did the program at the hospital I lost fifty pounds. I never did gain all of it back. That program was just a calorie counting program and included exercise everyday. On all the other programs I probably only lost ten or twenty pounds, but then I would gain it all back. I started watching The Biggest Loser and in 2008 I got to train for three days with Sione and Phillipe. That was a motivating experience and again I was able to lose thirty pounds. Those thirty pounds were the absolute hardest pounds I have ever lost. I swore I’d never gain them back because I worked so hard to get them off. But it didn’t take long for them to find me again.
It’s amazing how time just keeps marching on. Now I am dealing with teenagers, homework, teaching my daughter to drive, and all the other fun, but stressful things that come along with this territory. I love my family, and I want to be around to see them get married and have children of their own. So the desire to lose weight and become healthy is more important than ever to me.
As you can see I’ve had A LOT of experience with being fat. I have a lot to lose, but I’ve learned a lot about losing weight. One thing I’ve learned is whatever I do has to be sustainable. I’m not going to be talking about wild ideas that can only last a little while. I have also learned that in order to change the outside, the inside needs a lot of work. I am excited to do this for me and I hope you’ll join me and we’ll both make our dreams come true. I’d love to make this journey together!
Let’s do this thing! We’ve got this!