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Choose Your Hard - Wendy's Story

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Losing weight is hard 
Maintaining weight is hard 
Being overweight is hard 
Choose your hard 

Never before had words resonated so deeply with me. I had never actually admitted – even to myself- just how hard being overweight is.
The slight tinge of fear you feel when meeting new people, the cold sweats you get when all the girl friends want to wear matching outfits and you feel like the only thing you could both fit into is the nail polish on your toes and of course the complete insecure breakdown at the thought of going away with the thin friends – what crazy thin people things will they make me do? Hike? Run?

That was my breaking point. I was invited to a girl’s getaway at the beginning of the year and I was a nervous wreck at the thought of being the “FAT FRIEND”.
Please understand me- they never made me feel that way- it was all me!
A week later and the “Choose Your Hard” advert landed on my Facebook timeline and it demanded my attention.
Amanda was not just another skinny girl telling you that “you can do it” (said in my best cheerleader voice), no, this chick was real, she has been where I am, she understands when I say that my body can't physically do something, she gets the fears, this woman has walked this road and she really did do it.
Now this was someone I could learn from, this was someone who wouldn’t make me feel like a complete loser who allowed herself to get to 40kg’s overweight, but rather as someone who was willing to do whatever it takes to get rid of them.
I had signed up for “Choose Your Hard” by the end of that day.

12 weeks and 16.6 KG’S and +-45 cm’s gone forever, but more importantly, I have found myself, I found the warrior inside of me.
Did Amanda do it all for me?

No, but she was without a doubt the catalyst for my change.
She has been there every step of the way, from my crazy carb cravings to my emotional melt downs, she has kept me on track and accountable every step of the way.
Has it been easy? NO!

Have I loved every minute of it?
NO! Am I signing up for workshop 3?

The reason is simple really… if it was easy and if it was fun every minute of every day, I would never have become overweight!
4:30am wake ups, eating properly, working out… hard… I say it’s tough but then I have to wonder why I have such a big smile on my face.
I am no longer the same person I was weeks ago, I am strong, I am lighter and I am happier and more fulfilled than I have been in years!

Wendy Lohrentz