"We are not measured by the trials we meet -- only by those we overcome."
- - Spencer W. Kimball
April 11, 2014
My Journey Back to Health
by Dian Thomas

In the fall of 2003, after speaking at a seminar in Santa Monica, California, a participant, Jackie Keller, approached me and said, “I can help you lose weight.”

Jackie is a wellness coach and founder of NutriFit, a company that delivers customized, nutritious meals. Her words sparked that hope I had always had of slimming down and enjoying a more active lifestyle. But I was cautious at the same time. What if she was promoting some multi-level venture and wanted to get me in her program?

I thanked her, took her card, and told her I would contact her later. I knew I had a serious problem but, at the time, I just wasn’t ready to face it.

My wake-up call came that Christmas. I went to New York City with a friend for the holidays. There was so much to see and do, but my right knee was so weak I could hardly get around in a city designed for walking. We had to take taxicabs almost everywhere.

I was sure that a knee replacement was in my near future. I had even considered getting a cane, but my pride wouldn’t allow it.

I felt like I was falling apart. I was already sleeping on an elevated pillow to alleviate acid reflux at night, I was plagued with a heel spur, and my blood pressure was climbing. I couldn’t fit into a regular airplane seat without overflowing into the aisle.

Toward the end of the trip, I was horrified to learn I was now at 320 pounds. I had so much pain and sadness. How could I, a disciplined, hard-working person, have let my body get into this shape? As I flew home I had a lot of quiet time to ponder what I should do. I decided that more than eating all the delicious food I encountered daily, I wanted my health back. I asked myself:

1. How did I get into this shape?
2. Can I really get myself out?
3. What will it take, and can I get the kind of help I need, since I have not succeeded on my own?

That little spark Jackie Keller kindled was still there. I told myself I didn’t have to live a life of pain, inactivity, and desperation. After landing at the Salt Lake City Airport, I resolved to do whatever it took to lose the extra baggage. I went right home, found Jackie’s card, and called her. She agreed to become my wellness coach.

That was the beginning of my new life. It had taken me many years to put the weight on, and it took many years to take it off, but it has been a journey worth every step, a journey back to a healthier, happier me.

This last week I had the amazing opportunity to return to Los Angeles and be on Jackie Keller Show. Here is the link for the show that I did with Jackie:

Learn more about Dian’s Journey by reading her book, Tipping the Scales in your Favor. Go to www.DianThomas.com to pick up a copy of this informative and helpful book.

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About Dian Thomas

Dian Thomas was blessed with the good fortune to be born near and raised in the remote, breathtaking Manti-La Sal National Forest in southeastern Utah, where her father was the forest ranger. She took the skills she learned in the outdoors and turned them into a New York Times best-selling book, Roughing It Easy. Her appearance on the NBC's "Tonight" show with Johnny Carson boosted her into the national media scene, where she became a regular on NBC's "Today" show for eight years and then ABC's "Home Show" for six years. After more than 25 years of media exposure and 19 books, she now shares her practical insights and wisdom with audiences who want to savor life.

A former Relief Society president, Dian is currently serving as a visiting teacher. Visit her website at www.DianThomas.com

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