ABOUT THE BOOK
Struggles are universal. At some point, everyone finds themselves in a place of pain or discomfort but usually only temporarily.
But what if you’re stuck there?
Get ready to enter the chapters, pages and life of Sheila’s personal struggles with more than two decades trapped in morbid obesity – trapped in a body that was robbing her of life. Even while dealing with physical, mental and spiritual matters, against all odds, she fought her way out of the body that was keeping her imprisoned in pain. She shares her transparent testimony including many eye opening, defining moments that led her to wake up and make one of the biggest decisions of her life – to save her life!
The Book Cover
In 2013, we moved from Detroit to nearby Toledo. Our 10th Anniversary fell a few days after arriving so we decided to explore our new city. On the itinerary was the beautiful Toledo Botanical Gardens. I saw that gate and asked my husband to take my picture behind the bars - said it'll look like I'm in prison. The pic sat in the gallery of my phone for 4 years. While obese, I often remarked that I felt trapped inside myself so after my weight loss when I started writing my book, I knew that would be the title.
One day that picture came back to my memory. I was thinking Oh my Gosh, that's my cover! I charged up my old phone, found the pic and hollered! I went shopping to find an outfit similar the one in the before pic but this time size 10 instead of size 26! In the Spring of 2018, we went back to the Botanical Gardens but This time I stood on the outside of the prison bars symbolizing my Freedom! I did a crop/copy/paste of my Before onto my After and the cover to "Trapped Inside Myself" was born. I cried. It was Very emotional to see myself "Trapped" and "Free" in one picture. I'm so grateful that God sent us to those beautiful gardens on August 30, 2013. I never would have guessed how life changing that day and that picture would become.
Sheila’s story is encouraging and uplifting! She coupled faith with unfaltering actions, and through perseverance she reached and surpassed some major milestones. Her journey will resonate with many who are experiencing some of life’s problems. Her outcomes give hope to all who put God first and never give up on ‘the person God made in His image.’ Her desire to inspire is deeply admired!
Trapped inside myself is a poignant true story that is compelling from start to finish. I read the book in its entirety in one sitting. The true life story of Sheila battling the affliction of obesity and the struggle it took to overcome it. Her story is inspiring and uplifting. With the Lord's help and a lot of perserverance, Sheila becomes victorious in becoming healthy again. If you need some inspiration
I recommend Trapped Inside Myself.
Consistent, driven, motivated, empowered, spiritual and amazing are just a few words to describe She Jag!! She is a phenomenal testament to taking charge of your circumstances. Choosing to Live is what she has done. Her journey will have an impact in the lives of many. I am blessed to call her my sister friend!
MEET SHEILA HOWARD
Sheila Howard, also known as She Jag within social media, has a strong passion for inspiring others - especially those dealing with weight issues. As a former member of the morbidly obese community, Sheila once found herself feeling helpless but now uses her story of freedom to inspire others to know that there is hope. She is a wife, mother and grandmother that serves as a contributing writer for the Interfaith Gazette, works in church administration and music ministry.
Follow her journey
Sheila Howard is a contributing writer to the Interfaith Gazette.
While she writes on various subject matter, her focus is on Health and Wellness.
My results are being shared as inspiration and are a part of my personal testimonial describing my personal experiences and from my perspective. I am not a doctor, dietician, or licensed medical professional. I do not claim to cure any condition, cause, or disease. You should always consult your physician for direction involving health, nutrition, and weight loss.