For most people, a trip to Disneyland is a happy occasion. But for Christina Jordan, 34, of Queen Creek, Arizona, it was one of the worst days of her life... and a blessing in disguise.
Nine years ago, Jordan was waiting in line for a ride with her family when she experienced what would be a nightmare scenario for any mother at the popular amusement park: "My family and I waited two hours in line for one ride, and we're hot and cranky. And when we finally go to sit, the seat belt doesn't fit over me," Jordan told People. "The poor kid that's manning the ride says, 'I'm sorry ma'am, it doesn't fit; you're too large to ride this ride.'"
Humiliated, Jordan fled from the ride. Then, another nightmare scenario occurred.
"I go to leave, and I couldn't fit through the people counter," she said. "My hips were too wide, so they had to open the gate, and I felt like cattle being brought out to slaughter. It was the most embarrassing moment of my life. But it also opened my eyes to the fact that I had to change. I did not want to live the rest of my life on the sidelines."
At 271 pounds, she began a journey to health that, like most weight-loss journeys, had its fair share of bumps in the road. After trying every diet in the book — including one that had her eating only 500 calories a day — she finally settled on a diet that allowed her to eat meals that incorporated a lean protein, a complex carbohydrate, and a healthy fat five to six times a day.
In less than a year, she lost 134 pounds — nearly half her body weight. Nine years later, she's not only maintained the impressive weight loss, but she's also received a master's degree in nutrition science and now works as a nutritionist to help people find their own healthy happiness.
"I realized that I would be the best mom and the best wife by being the best me," she told People.