My Mission

I’m going to show the World that weight loss surgery is dangerous and sometimes deadly. This is what I believe that I’ve been called to do. I have had a grandmother grab me and hug me on the street because I looked like her grandchild BEFORE she had the weight loss surgery that took her life, and I’ve never been the same since! Even though I am tempted to just take the easy route and let someone take away 80%of my stomach, the fighter in me says NO! I will lose 300 lbs with just sheer determination, willpower, changing my eating habits, exercise and of course with the help of the Almighty God! :)

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28 Responses to My Mission

  1. DarkChocolate1913 says:

    Hayyy :O). I just started watching your videos. I am on this weight lost journey as well. I have tried so many times. But, now I am more serious then ever. I weighed 389 pounds and I am now 370 pounds. I had to build myself up slowly for this exercising stuff lol. I had to work myself up to working out 4 days a week. The last 2 months I have been working out 4x a week majority of the time. I did weight training everyday I went to the gym and I think that was good because my endurance for someone my size is pretty good I think. I think I have built muscle to carry all this extra weight. I can do Zumba for an hour, I can stay on the eliptical for 20 mins now! and ride the bike for 20 mins also ( I use to hate the bike lol). I am on weight watchers now (only been on it for about 2 weeks). It works. I hope you are doing well. Can’t wait to see your next video :O). Oh, I use the Nutra Bullit to juice. It cuts EVERYTHING! Nothing is left, so you get all the nutrition from the skin as well. The skin is where all the nutrients are.

  2. Lita says:

    Hello Chandra and All,

    First, thank you Chandra for your blog and your post to YouTube!

    You have further reinforced my desire to walk a healthier path. See, I found your post and blog while researching for people with larger bodies who have used suspension training (i.e. RIP:60, TRX, & the Human Trainer). I’m searching for home resistance training opportunities to quell the excuses; and I wanted to read their experiences with this type of training. And, I loved your videos, where you were demonstrating how even big girls can get in shape.

    I, also, wish to thank you shedding light on to something I kept denying for the past few years. I HAVE BECOME A RECLUSE! I have always been an “on the go” type of person. But, after experiencing depression, migraines, a career loss, multiple miscarriages, and a short bout of homelessness, I find that I HATE going anywhere. The only time I was excited about going anywhere was when I went to Texas for the first time this summer. Which that surprised me because, I flew there. I normally LOVE flying; but, since my size increase (over 50 lbs within the last 6 years), I’ve become afraid of being embarrassingly bounced from a flight. Once, I measured my ass, to determine if I could fit the seat, I found enough courage to buy a single ticket and not two.

    Lastly, I want to thank you for your bravery, honesty, hope, and generous spirit! Even when you apologized for the appearance of judging someone for their weight-loss surgery journey, you were being brave for acknowledging that YOU felt that YOU would be lazy for taking that route. My mother (deceased) had the surgery in the 80s, when it was still new. While she lost a lot of weight, quickly; she never worked on her addiction to food. I’m NOT saying that you (or anyone here) is a food addict; but, I KNOW for a FACT that she was one. And she just changed from one addiction to many others, i.e. alcohol, being controlling, over spending, etc.

    Thank you for being here and sharing your journey! It is my continued hope that you will continue to share your experiences and that I can share some good and bad days with you.

    Peace,

    Lita
    PiscesStar7 (@Twitter)

  3. Tawanda says:

    Strong, willing, encourager, achiever, accomplisher, motivator, determination, grateful, God fearing, sincere, caring, sharing, etc….this is how I feel when watching your videos and paying close attention. I am an observer and you inspire me to take my journey to the very next level SUCCESS.

  4. Dorothy says:

    Chanda,
    I am so grateful for someone like you, who is not afraid or ashamed to share your story with the world. I am always on the web trying to find some get “slim” quick guide. I just happened to be on youtube and came across your videos and they have changed my life. Changed to the point of me deciding to lose weight the natural and healthier way………Proper excercise and diet. You have motivated me to keep my own personal weight-loss journal and diary.

    My heaviest weight was 280 pounds. My current weight for the past 5 years has been 244 pounds. My goal weight is 150 pounds. I lose as many as 20 pounds and I gain it all back. I am so depressed most times. Within the last year, I have lost 3 of my dearest friends due to poor health and obesity. I have decided to go to counseling to help kick-start the process. My father has heart disease and my mother is partially paralyzed, a diabetic, suffers from high blood pressure and is a stroke survivor. I refuse to let this overtake me. I am the ninth of fourteen children……eight brothers and five sisters. Of my sisters I am the LARGEST of them all. I’m size 18W verses their little size 10, 8, 6, 4 and 0. I refuse to participate in a lot of the family functions, because I’m tired of being the center of all “FAT” jokes. My daughter says “Mom if you don’t want the weight, then just get rid of it.” She makes a very good point, but it’s easier said than done. I have tried everything. I don’t understand…….But NEVERTHELESS I have decided to LIVE. And I am going to do this for me. The bible says that some things only come by fasting and prayer. And that’s just what I’m gonna do.

    I thank you so much for your time…….I do apologize for taking up so much space. But it feels good just to have someone to share it with. I’m just thankful to be a part of the process.

    Be Blessed

  5. Nicole Percell says:

    I weight about 440 myself, and my health is slowly starting to deteriorate. I have three children ages 9, 14, and 17. I get scared because I cant do the things I use to do, my feet, legs and back hurt. I feel so bad, aching all the time, so I want to loose weight with you. Im not ashamed of my weight, because I have always been a big girl, but I want to be healthy and live for me and my children, they need me, plus I’m so young, Im only 35.

  6. Julia says:

    Thank you for reaching out to the world with your journey. I have been struggling with weight/health issues, turned 51, knees and feet are just tired of carrying the weight. I belong to a FB page with my niece and her friends who play RUGBY, so the fitness gap is tremendous. But I tell you, paying attention to people who take fitness seriously is very inspiring. I take my workouts more seriously because I want to be proud of what I write on the FB page when I’m done. I try to see myself as an athlete, and you seem to also. I also relate to your feelings about surgery, which my sister had. She lost the weight and works out a lot, but has lifelong complications and cannot eat many normally healthy foods. You are awesome, and do a great service to round women everywhere trying to take themselves seriously as active human beings.

  7. Valerie says:

    Chanda how’s the book coming. Was the information useful? Where are you located, I’m in the Atlanta area. I would love to form a group to chat and discuss our options in gaining our health. Email me at the above address and let’s chat. Hope all is well with you and yours. If I could be of any help please don’t hesitate to email me.

  8. Tina says:

    I started TSFL 01/01/2012 and I have lost 51 lbs. The program takes discipline and dedication but the flip side is you do get to eat every 2 to 3 hrs AND you get one “real” meal a day with your family (not a MF food packet), I also workout at the gym (in the water) 4 days a week. Water is kind to those of us who have 150+ lbs to lose.

    Love your spunk and attitude, keep up the great work!

  9. Valerie says:

    Hi Chanda, you are truly an inspiration! Please visit me at http://www.freshthekey2wellness.com and get your free copy of Integrative Nutrition book that will help you feed your hunger for health and happiness. God Bless you and keep up the good work!

  10. Louella Abner says:

    I LOVE YOU FOR BEING YOU AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN OTHER’S LIVES. I AM A 37 YEAR OLD SINGLE MOTHER OF TWO TEENS. I AM 4’11 AND I WEIGH 220 LBS. MY DAUGHTER IS 19, HAD A KIDNEY TRANSPLANT 3 YEARS AGO AND IS OVERWEIGHT. WATCHING YOUR VIDEOS AND READING YOUR BLOGS HAVE REALLY MADE ME REALIZE THAT NOW IS THE TIME THAT WE NEED TO BE DOING SOMETHING DIFFERENT TO BECOME HEALTHIER. I HAVE SEEN HER CRY WAY TOO MANY DAYS ABOUT HOW SHE LOOK. I WANT TO THANK YOU!!! I AM PRAYING FOR YOU AND I AM WITH YOU DURING YOUR JOURNEY. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!!!

    • Chanda says:

      And may God bless you and yours as well. I’ll be saying a special prayer for your daughter, I know how she feels. It’s the worst thing to be a fat teenager in todays society! Have her look at my videos of me running and working out at 450lbs! Tell her that I’m 36yrs old with 7 children and if I can do this, I KNOW for sure that she would have no problem! Of course she needs to gradually increase her exercise, but she can do this! Here’s a link to a guide on exercise after having a kidney transplant. Please let me know if I can be of any help whatsoever in the future!!
      http://my.clevelandclinic.org/services/kidney_transplantation/hic_exercise_guidelines_after_kidney_transplant.aspx

  11. Lynette says:

    You are so wise and courageous! So many take the short easy way out. I am not saying that some need more than portion control, exercise etc. May you find daily what you need to OVERCOME ! Blessings!

  12. Sharis says:

    Powerful mission! I feel the same way!

  13. April Moore says:

    I was reading your profile and I did have the band which it is just a tool but I still have to work hard to get the weight off. Google Your Body Type – Ectomorph, Mesomorph or Endomorph?
    and see what you are and what exercise you should be doing and general foods that you should eat.

  14. Marsha says:

    You go girl,

    You are a true inspiration and I applaud you on your journey! I too am on my weight lost journey, hoping to drop 100lbs! So far I have lost 20lbs in 2 weeks! But it is not easy! However, I’m detremined to get it done! I too have a set of twins, (girls, 4yrs old) and a son, (7yrs old) who I am living for! I chose not to revile my journey to my family because they tend to dog out things that I try to do and I get discouraged! I also found that walking helps me out alot!! And let me not forget Almighty God!!! With this journey, you have to stay prayerful because this journery will force you to really see yourself in a way that you have never seen yourself before! So I just want to tell you to stay encourage and if you need me to help you on those hard days, Im here! Maybe we can encourage each other! Feel free to email me if you want! And best of luck on your journey because I know you WILL DO IT!!!!

  15. Joye Billionaire says:

    I applaud each of you for your comments. They are all valuable.I have always been over weight, but now, more than ever. I too, had desperately thought of getting a surgery. I considered the lap band. I have thought of it, a few times over the last few months. I went for a consultation yesterday. The cost of the surgery was 12,500.00. I do not have that kind of money available, and I can not afford to make a loan. My insurance will only pay 5,000.00 toward the surgery, after I meet a 3200.00 deductible. This is the maximum that my insurance will pay. Needless, to say I am not getting the surgery. I have decided to sign up for a gym membership, eat smaller portions, and use my will power. I plan to lose 160 lbs. I was very encouraged, when I read all the stories of other obese woman that have lost 300 and 400 lbs. on their own. I am here to support each of you women, and I hope you all are here to support me too, no matter how each of us choose to lose our weight. I intend to write comments on this website often. I know each of us will reach our goals. We simply need to be consistent. God bless each of our goals.

    • Chanda says:

      Thank you, I will be there for you as well! It is amazing to see the women who have lost 3-400lbs without surgery! It they can do it, why can’t we? Join that gym girl, use that will power, let’s be one of those success stories you read about in People magazine!!:)

  16. Lakia says:

    I have had Gastric Bypass and let me tell you it is in no way, shape or form the “EASY” way out. It is simple another WAY! I can assure you being 300+ lbs for the past 15 years isnt easy either, so the choice I made to have the surgery came with much contemplation and thought. I havent had it EASY yet! I assure you the same work you will have to do to loose it the old fashion way is the same work you will have to put into it after Gastric Bypass. But if the Good Old Fashion Way was so “Good” for me I wouldnt have been Morbidly Obese. I have NEVER been normal, as a child I gained at least 10-15lbs annually, by age 17 I was 275lbs. I tipped the scale at 330 by the time my first child was born 5 years later. I suffered Depression, anxiety, sleep apnea and arthritis. The worst was not being able to freely live the life I wanted to live. Feeling and being trapped in FAT is miserable. There was a time when I too thought Weight loss surgery was the easy way out. I felt as long as I had the surgery I would be cured. I am so glad I didnt have the surgery with that mentality, I was sooooo wrong. However Weight loss surgery is my tool. It has helped me to loss so far 65 lbs. It has helped me to acheive weight loss goals I was NEVER able to reach. I think you know what I mean, dieting loosing a few but gaining back what you loss and then some. I have had to adopt a whole new mentality because I have made a permant change to my body. But I will never stand by and allow anyone to say WLS is a cop out, it is HELP! Just like Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, etc…It is a means to an end. I hope you reach your goal to lose 300lbs no matter HOW you get there. Remember people who choose to have weight loss surgery feel just like how you feel, we want to live a healthy, full life. Best of wishes to you on your jorney!

    • Chanda says:

      Lakia, wow, I’m sorry if you took it like that!! That was NOT my intent! I was only talking about ME..it would be the easy route for me because it’s what everyone says that I should do! It’s what’s expected of me, and I know that it’s much easier to lose 300 lbs by having the surgery than just doing it with diet and exercise, why else would so many people risk their lives even further? Now as far as what goes into preparing for the surgery and what you have to do in order to maintain that new lifestyle, I’m sure that is pretty hard and my hat goes off to you! As far as the depression, arthritis, and anxiety, I’m there now and to be honest, it’s not a day that goes by that surgery does NOT cross my mind! I have to fight those thoughts though because it goes against EVERYTHING I stand for. I just want you and everyone else who has had the surgery know, I am not judging you, or going against your personal choice. You did what you felt like you had to do and I’m happy that you are one of the ones alive to tell about it, thank you Jesus! Maybe if I was not a nurse, and had not personally sat in on one while it was being done and had not worked on a floor that was filled with those who had complications and/or died as a result, then maybe I would not be so opinionated on the subject. Who knows? Things happen for a reason, that’s all I know. I also know that I value you someone who knows what I’m going through. Again, I’m sorry if at times I come off as insensitive to those who have had the surgery. I don’t mean to be that way at all…

  17. Gina says:

    Amen! Everyone I’ve come across that’s had surgery goes back to being even more overweight than before and what a cost both financially and with the chance of losing your life or what health a person might have.

    • Chanda says:

      Yes, my aunt is one of them. Lost over 150lbs, gained it all back and now is in rehab for a lot of health issues..sad..

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