Patti Murillo-House, today with 62 kg, has already weighed 108 kg. When she got rid of cervical cancer, she simply stopped taking care of her health and ate everything she could see, getting too fat.
With this, she ended up gaining a lot of weight, being diagnosed with diabetes, cholesterol and high blood pressure. That was when she once again had to fight for her life. Instead of resorting to insulin injections to control diabetes, she preferred to change her lifestyle and saved herself one more time:
How I got fat
In 2008, three months after I retired from the New York City Police Department, I was diagnosed with stage IIB cervical cancer. After my battle with cancer, I never really valued everything I had. I came face to face with my own death, and this is scary to anyone. Instead, I continued my life using food as comfort.
I've never been what we all call lean, but I've started to gain even more weight. In my mind, it did not matter what I ate or how much I ate; I felt good because I had already fought for my own life.
In fact, I was sabotaging my already unstable health and the second chance of life I had received.
What made me change
As you can imagine, 108 kg in, 0m in height is not at all healthy. According to the BMI chart, I was officially morbidly obese. In 2011, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
My doctor had given me different medications, but it got to the point that these diabetes medications were no longer working. The doctor told me that the next step would be to start taking insulin injections if I did not change my lifestyle.
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I had witnessed my mother, a diabetic for 40 years, inject insulin morning and night every day. At that point, I thought, "If it's up to me to change my lifestyle to avoid those insulin injections for the rest of my life, then I have to do it."
I determined that no matter how long it took me or how many times I failed, I would achieve my goal.
How I lost weight
I knew it would not be easy and I needed some help. After researching programs that could work for me and fit into my lifestyle, I chose a specific one that taught me about portion control and lifestyle change. I never felt deprived of anything, which was important because it helps me to keep the program.
I followed a daily intake of , 00 calories from six small meals. To this day, I still follow this same concept. It keeps my metabolism active all the time. I do not skip any meal, and try not to overdo it at all.
The beginning was difficult. I was changing bad habits, and it took some time. You have to be consistent, but all of a sudden this becomes part of a routine, like brushing your teeth. You do it without even thinking.
I knew I had to incorporate exercise into my routine, which at the time was not easy for me. Just a 15 minute walk on the treadmill was already very difficult. I used to be out of breath, but I was determined and progressed over time.
Three months later, I had lost about 15 to 20 kg, and I knew it was time to take a bigger leap. I joined a weight loss program that was being offered at my gym. The support of the group and the personal trainer was incredible. We kept each other motivated, sharing tears and reaching goals.
It took me 14 months to lose 51 pounds. Completing now a year and a half of my journey, I completely eliminated 46 kg. I have been able to reverse all my illnesses, and I do not take any medications.
I've already run 13 5Ks, and I'm getting ready to run my first 10K, and finally, a half marathon. I fell in love with the world of good form and my new lifestyle, the lifestyle I chose to follow for all my days to come.
Now I am a certified spinning instructor and licensed Zumba instructor. I try to help as many people as possible when they ask me for advice through my Facebook page or my blog, where I share my knowledge and experience of my journey. I love helping and motivating people who think they can not achieve their goals and live a healthier lifestyle.
Do you know someone who ended up leaving health aside after getting rid of a disease like cancer, get too fat? Do you think you would have strength as Patti had to battle again? Comment below!(4votes, average:, 5of 5)