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Death by doughnuts, deliverance by discipline: A true story of how Sarah saved her life

Its the end of January of the New Year.  No doubt most people make an honest attempt to list a few resolutions. How many wrote the words  "Lose Weight" and "Exercise."  How many of those resolutions even started?  How many have already made this next year's resolutions?

Here's the story of Sarah, the ultimate New Year Resolution queen.  She could write books about weight loss, could qualify as a personal trainer (on paper), and owned a library of books and workout videos.  Sarah was dying from morbid obesity and her body was slowly shutting down.  Her identity has been changed for privacy, but her story is true and compelling.

Sarah sat in tears as her doctor left the room. She couldn’t wrap her head around how she let herself go through the years. She shifted her morbidly obese body in a chair that wasn’t meant to hold 400 pounds. The chair arms dug into her sides as the reality of her super morbid obese diagnosis dug into her heart. Her doctor gently read her last rites to her after her physical, “We will need to put you on insulin soon, and your high blood pressure medication needs to be revised. The edema in your legs is what’s causing your inability to walk and if you’re not careful the “blood sock” will eventually appear in your lower legs as a sign of your diabetes.”

She had just watched two of her aunt’s die of diabetes in hospitals. She witnessed dialysis first hand, and the phantom limbs they still felt though a toe, foot, or leg were removed from gangrene. Sarah knew the pain and suffering that they endured and she was headed for the same. She was going to die. Or was she?

As her doctor came back into the room, she rose from the chair and asked, “Help me save my life.” Months went by and a series of medical and psychological tests ensued until she was cleared for gastric bypass surgery. She was going to live and it was up to her to do it. Within 60 days post surgery, Sarah was greeted willingly by a trainer in a local gym and together they began the journey.  "A good trainer and welcome mat can make all the difference in the world, " she says.

Sarah was not about to die by doughnuts.  Instead she followed a strict diet of high protein, moderate carbs, low to no sugar meals, ample hydration, and what she called the "mouse" diet (eating small meals 6 times a day). That was four years ago Sarah lost an amazing 200 lbs.  She went from being trapped in a morbidly obese body and was now living in the body of an athlete. She decided to take her transformation a step further and hired a body building trainer to sculpt and build muscle.  She went from a size 5x to a size 5, with no plastic surgery and is a contender for a fitness competition.

The key to Sarah's success...discipline.  Given a big enough why a person will find the will and determination to succeed.  Living was the greatest motivator for her, what's yours?

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