There are few things in life that equal the dread one feels as they’re being pulled over for a traffic stop. Usually, the stop is a result of bad driving habits that somehow had gone by unnoticed before now. Ticket in hand, drivers make a silent pledge to change that behavior though most seldom do. This was not the case with South Carolina resident Janette Colantonio.
When Mrs. Calantonio was pulled over, it was not for something she did but rather for something that she didn’t do. She was cited for not wearing her seatbelt. It’s not that she wasn’t in the habit of wearing it, is just that years of bad eating habits had made it impossible, her seatbelt simply didn’t fit.
No Anger, Just Resolve
Mrs. Calantonio took this traffic stop as an opportunity to reflect on the choices she had made that resulted in the ticket. She resolved then and there to take steps to change things. Returning home after receiving the citation, she took stock of her situation. She admitted to years of poor eating habits, confessing that she sometimes even ate two dinners in a single day. She decided then and there it was time that she take control of her life.
With a crafted plan and the encouragement of her husband, Mrs. Calantonio began to make simple changes to reverse the effects of years of bad lifestyle choices. Her plan included dietary changes and the addition of exercise to her daily regimen. Day long mindless snacking has been replaced with healthier options. She now only allows herself a half cup of oatmeal, fruit and a boiled egg for breakfast. Lunch and dinner consist of lean meats and fresh vegetables supplemented by two healthy snacks at other times during the day. She also has found the will power to resist eating any carbohydrates after two in the afternoon.
So what was the net effect of Mrs. Calantonio’s efforts? Just two short years after receiving a citation for being too large to wear a seatbelt, her new routine enabled her to shed 250 pounds. She is proud of the fact that people no longer refer to her as having a “beautiful face.” but now just refer to her as being beautiful. For someone who has worked as diligently as she has, those must be great words to hear. However, the years and quality that she has added to her life far surpass even these kind words. Her friends and loved ones probably also appreciate the additional time they will have to enjoy with her.
Mrs. Calantonio’s journey was featured on Good Morning America, and you can watch the inspirational story below. Congratulations, Janette, on a job well done!