I started helping others lose weight as a hobby. I got into it by way of my own weight loss journey some years ago, and I now specialize in helping others to do the same.
I started out on weight watchers, having tried and failed several times previously to lose weight. Some where along the way I kinda lost heart, as there’s only so many failures any one can stand. I then met someone, quite by chance, that looked amazing.
I remarked on how well they looked, and how young. Turned out that I was out (age wise) by ten years – she was in her mid-fifties – and that she’d once been a hundred pounds heavier. I wouldn’t have believed it but for the fact that she produced a couple of photos from her purse.
All I could think (when I saw them) was ‘wow!’. Apparently children, and being happy, she’d piled on weight. She’d never thought much about it until she fell in the street. She ended up breaking her arm, and needed an operation. The whole event left her low, and feeling helpless.
That’s when she took a good look at her life and decided to lose weight. She’d taken 18 months, preferring to take things steady. Having reached her goal she’d maintained it, and had been her ideal weight for years. Her healthy attitude and outlook, coupled with the care she took of herself are what kept her looking so good.
That was it, for me. I wanted the same. And the only way to get there? To get started. I did and it was real tough. I wanted the weight to melt away (who doesn’t) and hated the fact that it seemed such an uphill struggle. I then discovered that diet and exercise together are a great combination. The rest, as they say, is history.
I ended up learning quite a bit about nutrition, and took a class to support my learning. These days I now run a local club for dieters, and though many would think ‘how’s that a hobby?’ it is. I spend some of my spare time educating others about their health and well-being.
We’ve started a ‘buddy-up’ system, that enables us to support each other through our journey’s. We meet once a month (at my house) and share recipe ideas, as well as cook delicious low fat foods. As of a month ago we started up a walking club, as means of helping those that have never exercised to make a start.
We’re situated in a beautiful part of the country (we’re in Bangor, Maine) and we now arrange and get out on gentle walks around our local area. It’s amazing what you can do with self-taught skills, and whilst I might now have jars of jam or a garden full of produce to show, I still feel as though I have a hobby that benefits the wider community.
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