Shelly (Michelle) Wright’s Testimony
– From The Inside Out –
My name is Shelly Wright and I want to share with you what has happened in my life over the past year. I am a proud wife to my best friend Kenny and mother to our four beautiful children. Almost exactly a year ago my weight had reached an all-time-high of 313 pounds. For as long as I can remember I have always struggled with food and as a result, my weight. I wondered why I just couldn’t seem to get my weight, my eating, and my bingeing under control. As an adult something horrible happened, I fell in LOVE with food. I felt hopeless and felt that I would be overweight and unhealthy for the rest of my life. Everything hurt; my back, neck, knees, legs. What hurt more than that was to know I was waking up every morning just barely existing; just going through the daily routine. I couldn’t sit down on the floor and play with my kids without asking my husband for help up. Everything in me knew that this was not what I was intended to be. I longed so badly to be more than that for myself, my husband and my kids. I guess I have always lived my life basically surviving it rather than thriving in it. It was apparent that I was not in control. I have always been morbidly obese but did not have the knowledge or understanding to do anything about it. I was, in all sense of the word, captive in my own body, and basically lived my life day to day miserable. I angrily tried to convince myself (and everyone around me) that being overweight was “acceptable,” that it was my “right,” and if YOU didn’t like me the way I was, then it was YOUR problem. I refused to take responsibility for my attitude, my actions, my overeating-and maybe it was me not knowing just HOW to take such responsibility.
After an evening in the ER back in January of this past year with chest pangs, I was embarrassed and felt like even more of a failure. BUT, this is where it gets really exciting folks! You’ve heard of people having their “Aha” moments…well, this was my “Aha” moment. This was the moment that I knew it was time to take action. It was the day that I realized I had no other choice than to feel entitled to take care of myself. And, most importantly put the achieving of that at the top of my list. That is why I walked through the doors at Urban Fitness back in January. I quickly learned that taking responsibility and owning my own issues was the first step to getting the results that I wanted and making some serious life changes. I was asked right away what my goals were and was told how important it was to always have a goal to work towards. I now firmly believe that weight loss takes the correct knowledge, a true desire, and strong motivation – having solid and realistic goals is a requirement for strong motivation.
Fast forward to November 2010…”The Weight Loss Battle”. You always hear that, right? I have always said that myself and truly meant it. I choose to no longer call it or see it as a battle or struggle. For me it has been an amazing journey full of fulfillment, changes and personal growth; as an adventure to be enjoyed, rather than a problem to be conquered. Through the past year of this journey of mine, I have lost 160 pounds. But truly, the change has definitely occurred from the inside out. Getting my mind and attitude right and then having those around me hold me accountable everyday in every way was key! I have learned so much about me; I AM competitive, I want to try new things, I LOVE exercise, I am not afraid to speak up, I have more confidence in my abilities and I have a new me and a new life and look forward to learning even more as time goes on. The weight loss was just a natural occurrence that took place when my mind and spirit were renewed and repaired; some broken relationships have been mended and I have been able to offer genuine grace and forgiveness in areas that I could not before and I am able to celebrate others’ success. There are not enough words or time to explain the joy that I have in my heart and the gratitude I have to those who participated along the way. I know my journey is not yet over but I truly feel more confident, hopeful and more capable of conquering anything that may come my way! I feel that I am living again!
Thanks to my Lord Jesus Christ for love and strength! Without Him I am nothing! “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
Thank you to my precious husband and children…you are why I do what I do! I am so thankful for the encouragement and confidence you instill in me to change my life. I strive for excellence because of you…I love you with all my heart!
Sham and Cindy and all at Urban Fitness, thank you so much for creating a place of support and knowledge that I believe is helping to change so many people’s lives, including my own. Thanks to all of you for pouring your hearts, souls and lives into caring for others.
And to my dear friend and trainer Jon: Thank you for inspiring me to work harder and never letting quit be an option; you definitely have led by example. You told me the day we met back in January that if I did what you said that I WOULD be successful. As one great said, “Success is as much a function of character as it is anything else. Regardless of how you define success, if you don’t have internal qualities that drive real, true success you will never attain real, true success.” I am truly a new creation, a changed person – from the inside out! Not only did you change my life, you saved my life in doing so! I can’t imagine a line of work that would be more rewarding. Thank you for the work that you do; don’t ever doubt yourself Jon!
I pray that my life can in some way inspire and motivate others to experience true success and that I can celebrate with them when that happens.