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Just Once More.


I went to the Doctor a few days ago and they asked if I wanted to be weighed. It’s strange to me that not all doctors weigh patients anymore, most just ask what you weigh, and they trust that you are telling the truth, kind of like on your drivers license. When I started this whole plant-strong thing I tipped the scales at well over 400, I don’t really know how much over 400, just that I was too heavy to be weighed in the doctors office, and even the thing they put on the scale to weight morbidly obese patients, still didn’t measure my weight. 425 is the highest that went to, and I was still too big.

When I went to the doctor a few days ago, she already knew my story and my progress and when she asked if I wanted to be weighed, I said sure, but I didn’t want to know how much I weighed. I tend to not want to know my weight. Mostly because I don’t want this to be only about my weight. So I jumped on the scale, backwards. And she weighed me. And then exclaimed, “WOW, you have less than 100 pounds to lose before you are at your goal weight!”

I have a goal weight? I didn’t even know I had a goal weight. But non the less, there I stood, barefoot on the scale wondering what my weight was and what she thought my goal weight was, and thinking that less than 100 pounds didn’t sound so bad. After all, I’ve already lost 100 pounds, 2 times now, so I just have to do it one more time. Not even a full 100, somewhere under 100, whatever that is.

Be it my personality or something else, I never imagine myself hitting a goal weight. Not in a depressing kind of way, but in  a “this is the journey I’m on for life” kind of way. I’ve had a lot thrown at me, every doctor has told me what I’m attempting to do is impossible, without surgeries or drugs. I like impossible. I was also told that I’d more than likely have an amputation or 2 by now and I might be dead, but so far, I’m in tact and I’m alive.

I’ve been overweight practically my entire life, I don’t even know what being at an ideal weight feels like, or what it looks like. I just know that my end goal remains the same, and that is health. I’m going for being a healthy person. I eat foods that give me health, I move my body every single day so that I am healthier. That’s my goal. It can’t really be measured on a scale, although, I wish it could be.

Imagine that for a moment, if health rather than weight was what we saw when we stepped on the scale. Our scales would say “well hello gorgeous! You are looking healthier today! Your blood sugar is nice and normal, your blood sugar is perfect, your cholesterol is beautiful, things are looking pretty great.”

Because the truth is there are a lot of people who step on the scale, and they only see a number, they walk away, happy with that number, but sadly have no clue what is happening on the inside.

So, according to the Doctor, I just have to lose (under) 100 pounds for the 3rd time. I have no idea how long that will take me. I do know that many of you are in the same boat, and many of you struggle with numbers. I’ve decided to write a weekly post on E2 about my own personal journey – the truth behind obesity, what it’s like, why some people are obese and others aren’t the struggles, how I got where I am, what I eat, how I workout. There is a lot that goes into all of this. It is what I talk about our Engine 2 Retreats – uncovering the real, honest and truthful journey of weight loss and health. I’m not a doctor (yet), I’ve never been an athlete, fit or thin. I’m just like most people battling this complex issue. I know what it’s like to have tried everything, I know what it’s like to wonder why I feel completely different than everyone else.

I hope you’ll join me on this journey. I can’t promise that it will always be pretty or perfect, but just honest and real. And I hope to see you at events in 2014. In all realness, public speaking terrifies me. But I feel so strongly about all of this, that I get up there anyway, in hopes that it will help others who might be going through the same thing.

So here I go again, just one more time.

About the author

Natala is the director of communications for Engine 2 Diet, she is also one of our coaches on our support site, Engine 2 Extra. A few years ago, Natala was at the end of her rope. She was on almost 15 medications daily, had out of control Type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, issues with nerve damage, and was morbidly obese. She was just over 30 years old. She decided to take her life back by becoming plant-strong. She has lost over 200 pounds, got off of all of her medications and now has great health numbers. Natala plays the violin and studied music therapy. She became passionate about plant-strong nutrition, received her Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition through Cornell University, a certificate in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and is currently pursuing a degree in nutritional sciences. Natala is also a featured speaker at our Engine 2 Retreats she talks about the reality of our nations obesity epidemic as well as providing practical steps to becoming a healthier person.

11 Responses to “Just Once More.”

  1. Katie says:

    Very inspiring story. I’m really looking forward to your weekly posts!

  2. VeganMom says:

    You are the only reason I signed up for another event this year!! I absolutely love you and what you talk about.

  3. Dorothy Robins says:

    Plant Strong and Healthy, Wish someone would create that scale. I have 100 lb to lose . I am with you. Great job:)

  4. Sierra says:

    You are brilliant and beautiful, thank you for being a voice for all of us who are actually fighting this battle.

  5. Terri says:

    I have 75 pounds to lose. I am still taking one medication for Type II Diabetes but my sugars stay in the 190′s. I have repeatedly tried over and over again to do “legal” cereal for breakfast and my sugars soar with 1/2 hour. Can I do these grains and plant strong diet and be successful. Will the sugar eventually adjust itself? I have severe neuropathy up to the knees and am desperate to overcome this. I keep trying and failing. Any advise for me?

    • Natala says:

      Hi Terri, It’s not the grains, but usually the type. Stick to oats in the morning – and watch the rest of your day as well.

  6. Susan Baxter-Blum says:

    Good job Natala!! that is about what i have to do but the numbers really do not matter ..It’s the inside of the body.. It is walking and feeling younger in my case and able to just bend over an pick something off the floor..It is walking from your car through a shopping center and not sweating till you hair is wet..It’s putting on clothes and not struggling to get it over your backside.. Its being able to put your boots on..It’s sitting on a weight machine and the metal part that goes down doesn’t have to have your trainer wait while you pull back your stomach..It’s being able to do the leg machine and be able to lift your leg over the black things you push to make your legs stronger.. it’s being able to do just a sit ups.. It’s walking on a treadmill and enjoying it..It’s going to the beach and not worrying about getting to the shore and wondering how you will get back.It’s showing a house and not sweating on a hot day with flushed cheeks. It’s getting up in the morning with so much hope and happiness when you put beautiful food in your body..It’s trying to figure out the best things to put in your body..It’s looking in the mirror and saying wow you are looking pretty.. It’s about buying smaller sizes and shocked when they fit and look nice.. It’s putting on a top and seeing a waist and a breast that is higher and there is a space between your bra and your waist..It’s going to basketball games or cheerleading games or going to a geography contest and not being the largest person in the room.. It’s like sitting in a metal chair and it doesn’t break..I am so blessed for all that I have and my family but I am so grateful to this amazing group that only care that you get healthier..That’s it!!!!
    doesn’t fall down. It’s like sitting on a beach chair and have it not falling down.. It’s being able to go to you beach house and being able to walk your beach instead of wishing you could.I have good personality and people like me and i have never been proud of who i am but it just was hard to be larger..Very hard.. I still have to finish this Marathon but I will and maybe God will give me many more years..so many goals still.. I need to do Yoga like Char, I need to work out daily like Natala, I need to MAYBe do a marathon no just walk more would be good.. I truly love all these young ladies and my new health striving friends ..What an awesome party to belong to and enjoy!!!”Break a leg”” xxoo

  7. dyannne says:

    I admire you so much for being such an inspiration to those who want and need to know that great health is possible for people who are overweight. I know it seems impossible to many. But it isn’t. I really love what Susan below has said in her post. All those things she mentions are what health is and it’s within our grasp. You are proving it. Thank you for your blog.

  8. Anthony Hernandez says:

    I too am in the same boat. It feels great to here your insights. Thanks for sharing!

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