Imagine standing on line for hours with your family to get on a ride at Disneyland on your dream vacation. Now imagine that excitement turning to complete humiliation and distress when you’re informed that you’re too large to go on the ride because the seatbelt doesn’t fit over you.
It happened to Christina Jordan, a Queen Creek, AZ mom of three who turned this moment of mortification into inspiration to make some major changes in her life.
“I bolted off that ride. And I go to leave, and I couldn’t fit through the people counter,” said Christina. “My hips were too wide, so they had to open the gate, and I felt like cattle being brought out to slaughter. It was the most embarrassing moment of my life. But it also opened my eyes to the fact that I had to change.”
Nine months later, Christina, who’d struggled for years with cycles of overeating and dieting and whose weight had ballooned to 271 pounds on that fateful day at Disney, had lost an incredible 134 pounds, about half her size. How? By focusing on being healthy, and not just on losing weight.
“I started reading everything I could find on holistic nutrition,” said Christina. “I decided to stop stressing about being skinny, and just focus on being healthy—wherever my body decided to take me.”
That was nine years ago, and today, Christina, 34, has kept off the weight. Amazingly, she’s eating five times more now than when she was overweight. She eats about 5-6 times a day and makes sure that her meals include a lean protein, a complex carbohydrate, and some healthy fat. She also got her master’s in nutrition science, is working on her doctorate, and has her own practice as a nutritionist, a job that allows her to help people lose weight, just as she once did.
For Christina, the path to weight-loss success was about focusing on a healthy and happy self, not on being skinnier. “I had almost given up,” she says. “But I didn’t feel right. I didn’t feel alive,” says Christina. “I realized that I would be the best mom and the best wife, by being the best me.”
Those are some inspiration words we can all live by!