112 Pounds Lost: It was a mental fix, before it became a weightloss journey
NAME : Jessica
BEFORE WEIGHT : 370
AFTER WEIGHT : 258
POUNDS LOST : 112 and still going!
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
As a child, I was always heavy. IN my early teen years I lost around 70 pounds and kept it off for a while. Once I met my husband my weight ballooned out of control, even worse after we got married.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
I was always embarrassed by how I looked. Going out was a challenge, would I fit in the chairs? Would everyone look at my weird. I found myself refusing to make eye contact while out in public and avoiding social gatherings and trips to the doctor as much as possible. I also felt guilty for my kids…being the ones with the “fat mom.” My husband, who has always been my biggest cheerleader, never mentioned my weight issues and always told me I was beautiful, but I always felt like he deserved better.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
My dad, who also struggles with weight issues, had a heart attack and open heart surgery. I knew I was heading down the same road, and didn’t want to put my sons through that.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I first started working on my food. Making small changes, eating leaner meats, controlling portion size, incorporating more fruits and veggies. I learned how to cook “smarter.”
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
I dropped about 40 pounds pretty quickly, in about 3 months, just changing my eating habits. Then I stalled. I started looking for exercise options and found the C25K app and started running. It was than that I changed my life. Don’t get me wrong, running was probably the hardest thing I have ever done, but the sense of accomplishment, personal pride, and strength that came with doing it…WOW! It was empowering. At this time I am struggling with a knee injury, so I am unable to run, but have incorporated other cardio (Youtube is a great place to look for videos) and weight training to keep my momentum going.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
Plateaus! I have hit a few, and its frustrating! Currently, the inability to run due to my knee injury has been very challenging…not just physically but mentally.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
Absolutely! I hit a plateau that I struggled with for, four months. I was eating right, working out hard and 6 days a week, and NOTHING! There were days it would make me so mad, I would want to just stop. To overcome this I focused on how far I had come, and put the scale away. Obsessively weighing myself was not going to help, so I stopped, focused on one meal, one workout at a time and finally broke through the plateau!
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Yes. See above
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
Right now I am 18 months into this journey, and have about 80 pounds more to lose. However, the big picture is this is a lifestyle change, not a race. This is who I am now and I vow to never go back.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
Running my first 5K distance, running a mile in under 12 minutes, buying clothes in the regular ladies department and not the plus size section.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
Now I eat breakfast, something I never did before. I usually have some sort of oatmeal, or overnight oats, or a breakfast sandwich with fiber rich bread, egg whites, and vegetables. I try to pack protein into my lunch, to hold me over to dinner time. My dinner is usually fish, or some other lean protein and lots of veggies. I indulge in a baked potato or brown rice on occasion. Its important to note that I have not taken anything out of my diet. I have taught myself to eat in moderation. So if I want pizza or Chinese, I have it. I just make sure to get a good workout in and chose my other food choices for the day, accordingly.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I have two young boys, so I have always been busy chasing after them and their activities, but I never took time for myself. Now I make myself and my workouts a priority. I have learned that being active not only helps the pounds come off, but helps my mental health as well.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Start small…work on your diet first and then incorporate physical activity. Doing too much at once can be overwhelming and lead to just giving up
- Make yourself a priority…no one in your family is going to die if you are not right there every second of the day to serve their every need. Go for that walk, do that yoga workout, in the long run it makes you happier and that benefits your family.
- Fact: Plateaus are going to happen. Put the scale away and keep plugging along…it’ll work itself out
- Measure yourself before you start! I didn’t do this and regret it now. It can be that extra incentive when the scale stops moving, yet the inches are dropping away
- Love yourself…you ARE worth it
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