I have always struggled with my weight. I have done Weight Watchers 3x, participated in Zumba, walking and have been a member at other gyms but never stuck with it. I am the type of person who needs accountability and “tough love” neither of which I have ever had. I would start out with a bang and just give up after a while.
In 2014 my marriage fell apart and as I went through the divorce process I was most worried about my son and how we would handle it all. In 2016 the divorce was finalized. After making sure my son was Ok and I had made peace with everything and found the strength to forgive and move on, it was finally going to be time to prioritize myself.
In November of 2017 I was diagnosed with diabetes and had to start taking medication. This was a wake up call for me that I really needed to make some changes and literally get moving and change my diet. I did both of those things and dropped my A1c by 1.2 points but needed to do more.
It was not until April of 2018 when I found Body Essentials (BE) via Facebook when I decided to reach out and commit to myself to get better. Since starting at BE I have found a community that holds me accountable and give me the tough love that I sometimes need. Through 2018 I was on a roll. I lost the weight, improved my diabetic condition and was close to getting off medication (which I will accomplish ASAP). I was happy, motivated and getting stronger. There were no excuses or giving up and not following through.
In January of 2019 I came down with pneumonia. I was unable to do almost anything until the middle of March. When I returned to my exercise, it was difficult and I still had some challenges with my breathing and got sick 1-2 more times before I was fully on the mend and back to my regular schedule of working out 4-5 times per week on top of working full-time, attending my son’s sporting events, taking care of others and trying to keep myself and my motivation a priority. It was hard. I have never once considered giving up. I love the BE community and the friends I have made.
Coaches Note: Marietta is one of the strongest people I know of in every way, shape and form. I always tell her she has “farm strength” because she handles a lot of weight with ease because of her farming history but she is also resilient to challenges. We are excited to continue her progress the rest of this year and share it with our virtual community.