Almost two years ago, Deb Taylor looked at herself and said, “I’m a nurse and director of cardiology services at a hospital, and I’m walking around carrying over 300 pounds.” Deb, who is cardiology services director at Methodist Charlton, decided to take control of her life and lose weight.
“Even as a child, I knew that weight management would be a challenge for me,” said Taylor in a news release. Still, she was able to keep her weight within healthy limits until she reached her 20s, when she packed on almost 100 pounds. She continued to add weight to her body.
“One day in September 2006, very soon after my birthday, the light bulb finally came on,” said Deb. She realized she was using her weight as a security blanket and she no longer wanted to be its victim. “I still had a whole life ahead of me and it was 100% up to me to live it,” she says.
She began her weight loss with a trial run, dabbling in calorie counting. For the next three months, she followed a 1500 calorie-a-day diet and lost 20 pounds. Even though she regained half the weight during the holidays, she never lost sight of her goal.
In January 2007, Deb hired a personal trainer to work out with her twice weekly. Her only food rules were to drink four 16 oz. servings of water, and eat two servings of fruits and three servings of veggies daily. She also had to keep an exercise and food log.
“I started out doing 20 minutes on a treadmill at a very slow pace,” says Deb. “But at 300 pounds, working out wasn’t always comfortable. My toes were blistered, my back ached, and even the top of my feet hurt. But I put my heart into each workout and gradually began to see my body change.”
She conquered her food temptation by saying to herself, “Fat people eat that. Healthy, skinny people do not eat that.”
Deb says a strong support base is critical when making such a monumental change, and she received incredible support from her family, co-workers and staff.