Senique Cannon's Success Story
Weight loss Autobiography
Mid December 2009, I was shopping in a department store, where I normally shop. I had already noticed that I had gained a lot of weight, but continued to ignore it. On this particular day, I tried on a shirt, which was a size 2x women. The shirt fit perfectly, with the exception of my arms, which could not fit. I was so stressed with not being able to go in the store and comfortably shop and find the perfect fitting clothes. I felt sluggish all the time, not having enough energy to be active in my children’s lives. I had even become inactive in my marriage. I had reached the point of having low self- esteem, all because I was uncomfortable with my size. I decided on this same day that I was going to get my mind right, become stronger, build my self-esteem, hold my head up high and take control of my life.
I thought about all of the health risks I was facing by being over weight. I also considered all of my relatives I’d lost due to health related conditions like heart disease and diabetes. I made up my mind, on that day, this is it! I can and I will do this. I will not let obesity kill me. I am going to kill it.
In the past I had tried all types of weight loss programs. I even tried diet pills, etc. They all failed me in the end. I had tried all of the “easy way” weight loss plans that were out there; however, to no avail. Finally, I told myself “I don’t need all that.” I realized that I didn’t need to stuff myself with diet pills, instead I would stuff myself with healthy foods and exercise and knowledge regarding how to incorporate all these healthy things into my life.
I started out in December 2009 weighing 269 lbs, at my heaviest. I developed a daily meal and exercise plan to fit my needs. I would record my weight loss every week on a calendar, so that I was aware of my weight loss and progress. I would also plan my meals, so that I wouldn’t have to get caught up with quick eating, which could cause me to eat the wrong foods, because I was in a hurry. I took all junk foods, and unhealthy foods, sodas, alcohol, and anything that was considered unhealthy out of my meal plan. I even started shopping for healthy foods and replacing all the bad foods with the good foods. I stopped buying junk food, sodas, and unhealthy foods for the kids, until I became strong enough to have them at home and not eat them. I took my kids to buy their snacks when they would want them or when they actually needed them. Sometimes I had to prepare my meals differently from my husband and children in order to stay on track. I baked and boiled my meats, where they would want theirs fried in cooking oil. I would buy only water to make sure that I got my eight glasses of eight ounces or more in everyday.
I began losing anywhere from 10 to 15 pounds a month, just by eating healthy and exercising. After around the 4th month, everything became normal to me and this change had become a part of my life. I enjoyed exercising so immensely that on some days I would exercise two to three times a day. Exercising and eating right had now become a habit. I had become strong, by motivating and telling myself that, there were more reasons why I should be doing this and less reasons why I shouldn’t. This was my life and I felt good about it.
From December to April, I went from a size 22 to a size 16/18, depending on the material of the clothing. I was well on my way. That size 13 was right around the corner. I continued to follow my meal and exercise plans, just as I had been doing. These results, motivated me to go even harder, I could see the weight coming off. People were telling me that I was losing weight before this, however I couldn’t see it, but I could feel it. The inches were melting off. I was able to wear smaller clothing. I felt better about myself. I was surely on my way! I would buy clothes and have to give them away because, they would become too big. I would even give away brand new clothes that I didn’t even get a chance to wear. The clothes didn’t matter, because I saw it as I was giving away the old me and gaining a new me. I developed confidence and my self-esteem soared. I was in a place where I had never been-- a place of comfort, relaxation, belief, and willpower.
From April to June, I went from a size 16/18 to a size 14/15. That size 13 was even closer than it was in the beginning. I was able to do things that would normally tire me out. I had more endurance when I exercised. I was able to walk faster on the treadmill and with it being inclined. I felt lighter on the scale, when I weighed in. I didn’t have any more problems keeping up with the kids, I had become active in their lives again. My new lifestyle was a part of the new me. My new habits had strengthened me so much mentally, that I could not be persuaded to make unhealthy food choices. I could say no and feel good about it, where in the past, I would feel guilty. I could go out to eat without over eating and eating all the wrong foods. I was strong. Whenever I would even feel tempted to do unhealthy things, I would ask the Lord, to help me. I knew that this was a test to see how strong I was. The devil thought I was weak, he thought that I would relapse, but I had already developed a plan with my GOD, and he told me that he wasn’t going to let me fail. I believed and trusted God’s word. This journey was no easy journey, but I thank God, he didn’t let me fail.
From June to August, I went from a size 15 to a size 12. I had gone below size 13. Size 13 was the size I thought I would be in next, but I was surprised when I tried on a pair of faded glory size 12 jeans and could wear them. The inches were continually melting away right before my eyes. I lost the biggest part of my weight, by walking and doing cardio exercises and of course, eating healthy. Walking is one of the best cardio exercises. I had lost so much weight, and people would notice it and compliment me for that. The compliments, gave me more motivation to go on. I knew what my reward would be in the end, my life would be changed forever.
From August to October, I went from a size 12 to a size 9. I can proudly say that I am comfortable, happy, motivated, and dedicated to maintaining the changes I have implemented in my life. I now weigh 159 lbs, which is considered as average for a 5 ft 7 in female. My total weight loss as of October 8, 2010 is 110 lbs. I am no longer at risk for all the health related problems. I can live my life freely and be comfortable in my body that I have built by changing my lifestyle and becoming disciplined.
In September 2010, I started motivating women to change their lifestyle, by eating the proper foods and exercising. My lifestyle change has provoked me to start my own fitness coaching business to support women in developing a lifestyle change that will lead to good health and truly prosperous living. I want to see women become strong enough to overcome negative habits and live a life that is fulfilling to them. I want to see women finish my program and look in the mirror exclaiming that they love the person they see“not because of their size, but because they have accomplished what they set out to do; because they have become newly refreshed and revived through discipline, hard work and commitment to themselves. They will be able to feel good about the body they are in, walk with their heads up high and tell themselves, I have built a brand new me.