By: Sherisse M. Butler


“The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.” – Gloria Steinem

Change is perhaps the hardest task to undertake. By nature, human beings are creatures of habit. We learn via repetition. Undoing and unlearning negative behavior patterns can be most challenging. However, if we consider our motivation for change we can implement a practical plan to not only begin, but to maintain change.  Additionally, I strongly believe that an individual’s reason for change and method to do so is unqiue! A person must do some inward soul searching and examine his/her life.

I knew that I needed to change my lifestyle when I had been placed on hypertension medications and they were making me even more sick. My asthma was out of control and I was prediabetic. I was on large dosages of steroids and about to be placed on diabetes medication. I was trying to taper off pain medication and going into severe withdrawals and the accompanying gastrointestinal issues in addition to carrying around 350 lbs.

My motivation was not to lose weight. I wanted to live, be pain free, and not dependent on a host of medication. Losing weight was one small factor in my quest to become well. At the point of weighing in over 350lbs, my doctor said reminded me that my weight was dangerous. I was completely lost in all the diagnoses. Overtime, I changed my diet and walked a little at a time. Where fear overtook my body, I literally imagined myself running and replaced the self-limiting doubts with tidbits of faith. You know that mustard seed faith.

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