Guest Blog by Sherie. In her own words; full of life and full of awesomeness 🙂
Why do I live this way now?…BECAUSE IT MAKES ME HAPPY!
The reflection of the person staring back at me from the mirror 6 years ago was a stranger. Weighing in at 250 lbs, miserable, embarrassed, ashamed, you name every horrible feeling from the pages of a thesaurus and I was feeling them! Hell, pull the dictionary out ’cause I can guarantee you I was the definition for them, too!
Although my weight gain was strongly linked to my Polycystic Ovarian Disorder, the fast food and lack of any motivation because of how depressed I was about the entire situation certainly didn’t put me on E! Hollywood’s “HOT & FIT LIST.”
It took the shock of realizing that I was hiding behind a clothing rack at a department store from one of my best friends to finally say; “Holy Shit! I have to do something about this! This is ridiculous!” And I did do something! Dropping 125 lbs is a HUGE something (literally!!) It’s still hard for me to absorb sometimes that I actually managed to lose half of my body. I’ve actually put 125 lbs in free weights in a row and looked at how much extra weight I was carrying around with me and saw the enormity of what I actually accomplished…it brought me to tears.
By losing that “half,” I found me again! (Hey, it may sound cheesy, but it’s so incredibly true.)
Everybody always talks about “finding yourself,” and there was a time where the thought “You’re off your rocker!” would have come to mind when someone would say that to me. Now, I’m preaching to the choir, my friends! Although I don’t plan on creating a line of motivational DVDs, books and dolls; “Finding Me” and finally being HAPPY with me is my biggest source of motivation.
I have been forced to confront many emotional, physical and personal obstacles that have stood before me and said “Come on, Sherie! Let’s see what you’re made of!” and I can say that I have faced every single one of them with my head held high and have left every situation knowing that I did my best and, therefore, can be proud of the outcome.
Quite frankly, if it weren’t for the negativity that I have been forced to confront, I would never have experienced half of these truly amazing things in this year alone! Imagine, small-town-Northern-Ontario girl, being on the pages of Oxygen Magazine as a success story…no don’t imagine it; turn to page 134 in the January 2011 issue of Oxygen! THAT’S ME BABY!! (This, my friends, deserves a solid smack on the ass, true football teammate style please! 😉 )And now I have become a Bikini Class Competitor!! Yup, you heard right! And I LOVE it! Add on to this; a fairly new but successful Blog Spot that helps inspire and motivate others to live a healthy, happy life and invited to be a guest speaker at local events and clubs…how did all of this happen?
My support crew has stood by me every step of the way and I am forever grateful to them for that.
The generated encouragement, motivation and support from the people who have since heard my story or follow my blog is added motivation to keep doing what I’m doing. They help me make sure that I don’t ever become listed as the “Unsuccessful Success Story!” But my main source of motivation: It’s being happy with ME! I honestly believe I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in my life!
Sure, life can deal you some shitty cards and you have to deal with them as they are dealt; but you can’t control that! You can only do your best to deal with things as they arrive.
My new healthy outlook has led me to a new passion for Fitness, Nutrition and the amazing world of Physique Competitions! I’m competing in my second show in June 2011 in Sudbury, Ontario and I can’t wait to feel that thrill of being on stage and see the results in my training this time around.
I have some incredible new support crew members (Coach Renee Primeau, the fab ladies of Team Primeau, and my number one fan ,Chris Barrette who will be screaming “POP ‘EM BABY!” from the crowd) that inspire and motivate the heck out of me to be my best!
The goal isn’t to win, but if it happens, AWESOME! The goal is do the very best I can, push myself to achieve new personal goals, and always aim to feel proud and happy of my results, because in the end that’s why I do what I do, eat how I eat and train how I train every day….because it makes me HAPPY and that’s what matters most!
Feel free to stop by my blog for more random fun, tips, tricks and recipes…and perhaps the occasional rant! (It’s part of my charm, I can’t help it! 🙂 ) sheriemiron.wordpress.com
Sherie is definitely an inspiring and amazing woman. She is such a great representation of the fact that you truly can change, regardless of how you’re feeling about current circumstances, about yourself or about anything you believe is standing in the way of you living the life you want to live while achieving the goals you want to achieve.
You can live the life you want and, just as Sherie has done and continues to do, have the happiness we all deserve to have.
You rock Sherie!