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105 Pounds Lost: 1 Year and 105lbs lost!

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NAME : Courtney
BEFORE WEIGHT : 356+
AFTER WEIGHT : 250
POUNDS LOST : 105

WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I’ve struggled with food my entire life. With a childhood filled with nothing but bad memories, food was always there for me. Regardless of if I was sad, mad, or even in a good mood – food was always there!

HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
At my heaviest, I was completely miserable. I was uncomfortable in my own body and hated even leaving the house. I couldn’t walk small distances without being completely out of breath and my back killing me. Let’s not even talk about trying to walk up a flight of stairs!

WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
I had tried different workout plans and diets and always gave up after a bad day then gained all of the weight back and then some. I never cared enough to seriously make a change until a year ago when I stood on the scale and it read “Error”. The heaviest weight it read was 356 pounds and from then on it just gave me an error. Mortified that my scale would no longer tell me how much I weighed, I knew I had to finally make a change.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
At my heaviest, I couldn’t even walk a small distance up my street without being out of breath and feeling like I was going to die. I purchased a FitBit on May 21st and started walking. I also tracked everything I ate with MyFitnessPal because food was a huge issue for me.

HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
I started seeing results immediately! The first week was a high loss for me because I think my body was in shock by not having so much fast food and also by being more active.

WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
I was the queen of excuses! I never *WANTED* to go workout. I finally realized that if I just suck it up, that it would be over before I knew it and I would feel so much better. If I skipped my workout, I knew I would always regret it. It is nothing to go workout for 30 minutes or an hour of the day when you look at the big picture.

Also, food was a huge issue for me. I was an emotional eater and when cravings hit me I would want to binge on nothing but that food. Tracking all of my calories really helped that.

DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
There were many days I wanted to give up, but I had given up so many times before I wanted to prove to myself that I could finally do it. I knew that if I gave up again, I would only gain even more weight and would be worse off than when I started. Also, my husband was a huge support for me. He’s on this journey with me, and when he has a bad day I help to push him and he does the same.

DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
I don’t think it would be a weightloss journey without a plateau! My largest plateau came when I broke my foot in February 2016. Without being able to workout, I was so scared! I just made sure to track everything I ate and make healthier choices and I was able to push through that plateau.

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
I have lost 105lbs over the span of 1 year.

DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
Non-scale victories are a huge part of my journey. Fitting into smaller sizes even when the scale is not moving is a huge one! Also, when I was at my heaviest my wedding rings no longer fit and now they are LOOSE! I also no longer have major anxiety going out to eat wondering if I can fit in a booth or if they will have a table available.

WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
When I was at my heaviest, a lot of times I would eat fast food 3 times a day. I definitely cut down a LOT on fast food. I also used to be able to eat a whole pizza by myself. I will still eat pizza if I’m craving it, but I will be fine with a couple slices versus a whole large pizza. I do not eat completely clean, but I try to make healthier choices. It’s also all about moderation, my portions have definitely become smaller.

HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
Like I mentioned before…when I first started, I couldn’t walk a small distance without being out of breath and my back hurting, but now I am able to run. I can lift heavier, I can do so much more that I feel like my options are endless!

MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS

  1. Track your calories! I used MyFitnessPal and went off of their recommendations and it really helped me on my journey. I would have been lost if I never tracked anything.
  2. Don’t get discourage and give up if you have a bad day, week, or month. Keep pushing through day by day and a year from now you will be AMAZED at your progress.

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Originally posted 2017-01-20 14:49:57. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

15 Comments

  1. Tiffany Beckman

    January 28, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Courtney do you take friends on mfp?

  2. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    January 28, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Good for you!!!

  3. Laurie Woldt

    January 28, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    awesome !!

  4. Georgia Fowler Brackett

    January 28, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Congratulations! I too have recently purchased a Fitbit hoping it would encourage me to move, but so far that hasn’t happened.

    • The Weigh We Were.com

      January 28, 2017 at 2:22 pm

      I ordered a FitBit Charge 2 a couple of weeks ago for that same reason – I was really excited about the ‘nudge’ feature to make you move every hour. Wouldn’t you know there’s a software glitch and the feature doesn’t work for most people. I’m so bummed. Sending it back.

    • Richard Rick

      January 29, 2017 at 12:31 am

      Hang in there! I git one 12 months ago and it started the whole process, i lost 30kg in 8 months and then changed to weightlifting and gained back 10kg lean muscle. I have my fitbit to thank!

      I got hooked on resting heart rate, the more i walked the lower it got, was very exciting lol

    • The Weigh We Were.com

      January 29, 2017 at 2:02 am

      Richard Rick I thought I was the only one fascinated with my resting heart rate. Mine has dropped to 57! It used to be in the high 60’s. 🙂 ~kat

    • Richard Rick

      January 29, 2017 at 2:05 am

      Excellent! Mine dropped from 77 to 49 in 10 months

    • Richard Rick

      January 29, 2017 at 2:06 am

      Really points out how unhealthy i was inside!

    • Georgia Fowler Brackett

      January 29, 2017 at 2:09 am

      Isn’t your heart rate supposed to be between 60 and 65?

    • The Weigh We Were.com

      January 29, 2017 at 4:07 am

      Georgia Fowler Brackett According to the National Institute of Health, the average resting heart rate:

      for children 10 years and older, and adults (including seniors) is 60 – 100 beats per minute
      for well-trained athletes is 40 – 60 beats per minute.

  5. Leslee Ferguson

    January 28, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Wtg!!!!

  6. Kim Robinson

    January 28, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    congratulations!

  7. Theresa Padovano

    January 28, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Congratulations

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