My name is Jamie Ciccio and like many of you all reading this today have struggled with their weight. I personally am one you could call an emotional eater. Since my childhood days I would run to the kitchen when stressed, upset, frustrated or even out of boredom. If I was around some else who was stuffing themselves with sugars, carbohydrates and fats, just grab me the milk and you could count me in. At this time I was not a fan of working out and my daily exercise was walking to my car, getting in and driving away. So fair to say my car got more exercise then me.
I never realized how unhappy I was with my weight until the day I noticed my clothes no longer fit me and the scale was hitting almost 250 pounds. I couldn’t even try to squeeze into my size 14 pants anymore now I was wearing a size 16 and those were a bit snug. I remember sitting on the floor next to my bed praying for miracle to give me the strength to change myself for the better. As the days passed I went to work ad proceeded with my days like normal, still a mess.
One day I got a call from my mother. It was a few days before my Birthday and she says Jamie I have a surprise for you when you come home. After work I flew home literally took me 20 minutes (Usually takes 35 minutes). When I got there my mother handed me a card. I immediately opened the card and it read. “I love you and I want to see you healthy and live a long life. Most important I want you to be Happy.” Inside was a gym membership to LA Fitness. I hugged my mother and thanked her. I felt like possibly this could have been my prayers being answered.
The next morning at 4:30am I rolled out of bed and was determined to check out my new gym. I honestly felt more obligated to start working out and it was more of a push only because it was a Birthday present and I didn’t want to waste my mothers money. I used that as motivation, it sounds silly but it helped. My first workout was just the treadmill, nothing to advanced just 45 minutes of walking. The next day I went again and the next until it became a routine. After 2 weeks I met a man by the name of Greg. We spoke for about an hour. He told me about his own weight struggles and he impressed me with his own transformation. For the next 2 months he gave me pointers. I finally started weight training. Then soon after I started the punching bags. Christmas 2011 I was about 50 pounds lighter but one thing never changed and that was my eating habits.
After the summer of 2011 It seemed as I started to hit a plateau. Up until the Christmas of this year the weight just did not want to leave. I knew it was because the way I ate. I still couldn’t escape the only life I knew since my child hood, run to food for pleasure. I worked out endlessly I mean insanity is what one would refer to the lifestyle I was living. I would burn more than 1200 calories at the gym. I would push myself to limits I never knew were there and then go home and eat unhealthy. A month after Christmas I put on a few pounds, I was destraught. I just said to myself I can’t let this hardwork be all for nothing. I then made a promise to myself that I would change little things until finally those bad habits deminished.
Today I can gladly say in total I am 80 pounds lighter than when started in 2011. I still have about 15 pounds to go but I beat the plateau and I have been changing my eating habits for the better. I also use a journal for my foods and workouts. It’s not easy getting into shape but it is easier once you identify your poor habits/traits. You can’t find a solution until you know the problem. I am so intrigued by the way the body works and helping myself and others to reach their goals that I started training to be a personal trainer.
I know that I can relate to anyone and everyone who has issues losing, gaining and/or maintaining. My goal is to keep striving to better myself on a daily basis with the hopes of being a part of the process to help better another down the road. If there is one thing I can say to those reading this and are unhappy at this present moment Just remember all it takes is one step toward change. YOU GOT THIS.
Be sure to check out her website at http://www.cicciointhemaking.webs.com/