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151 Pounds Lost: Lisa Cuts Temptation to Cut Her Weight in Half

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Great success story! Read before and after fitness transformation stories from women and men who hit weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Find inspiration, motivation, and workout tips | 151 Pounds Lost: Lisa Cuts Temptation to Cut Her Weight in HalfName: Lisa Schlosberg


Age: 
20

Location: Michigan

Before: 302 lbs.

After: 151 lbs.

What was the “turning point” that prompted you to lose weight?
Being overweight my entire life, I experienced countless moments every single day that reminded me I should try and lose weight. The older I got, the more overweight I was, so these experiences started to build up and they became harder to ignore. Climbing the stairs was difficult, getting dressed was complicated, and I found myself constantly worrying about whether the seatbelt was going to close or if I’d fit in the chair. But I do remember one specific moment: I was in an abnormally small bathroom stall at an airport in Australia. I recognized that it would be small for anyone, but I could barely fit. I was struggling to close the door, I sat down on the toilet, and started thinking about the situation I had created for myself. I thought to myself, “You’re 17 years old. This is no way to live your life. Please do something about this, and please do it soon.”

When did you start trying to lose weight?
I was dragged to nutritionists and dietitians my entire life; I was brought into Weight Watchers while still young enough that I needed a note from my pediatrician. But the first time that it worked was the first time that it was self-motivated, and that was during the spring of 2011.

How did you get started?
I joined Jenny Craig while I was living in New Zealand for an abroad internship and lost 30 pounds. I stopped Jenny for freshman year of college, where I gained back around 7 pounds. After that year I continued with Jenny for roughly eight months and then gradually took matters into my own hands.

What was your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenges were more emotional and mental than physical. My all-or-nothing attitude made matters regarding food black and white from the start; some things were allowed and some weren’t. It started with my reluctantly following the rules until making healthy choices just became habit, so for me staying on track wasn’t incredibly difficult. I lost my weight very quickly so the biggest challenge was dealing with the psychological aspects. I managed to lose around 125 pounds in one year, so I was constantly overwhelmed by attention and shocked by my own physical appearance. My head and my body are still in very far away places from each other, so catching up to reality after such an extreme and rapid loss is proving to be the most difficult part.

Were there any times when you wanted to quit or give up? How did you stay motivated?
Of course there were times where giving up entered my mind, but never as more than a fleeting thought. There are three important things to remember when it comes to wanting to quit. The first is that you’re human; you can make mistakes and you can screw up. You can always fall off but that means you can also always get back on. The second is that the difficulty level doesn’t always stay the same; some days at the gym you will have an inexplicably terrible workout and some days you’re just starving from the minute you wake up to the minute you fall asleep without reason. These things happen but they don’t last, so keep calm and carry on. The third thing that really helped me, especially in the beginning, is thinking rationally. I kept thinking, “you’re overweight, and the only way to change that is by losing weight.” To me, I didn’t have a choice but to keep going. This goes along with keeping everything in perspective – one meal is just one meal and one day is just one day. You will wake up and start over.

If you reached a weight loss plateau, how did you break out of the rut?
I hit a significant plateau that lasted for about an entire month and it was PAINFULLY frustrating. I decided that it would be a good idea to survive almost exclusively on vegetables; I started actually enjoying salads, so I ate them for every meal. Every morning I would wake up, weigh myself, and try to understand why that method wasn’t working. It takes some personal experience to realize that less is not actually more. When I was advised to add a significant amount of protein to my diet, the pounds started coming off again. I really believe that people can give you tips such as adding food to your diet, but until you see it making a change, it’s hard to believe it will work.

My plateau was, in hindsight, the greatest thing that happened to me during this entire process. Overlooking all the days my mood was completely destroyed because of it and all of the mental challenges that came with it, I realized how significant the plateau actually was: it was the first time I was eating right and exercising just because I should. I saw that no weight was coming off, and no matter what I was doing I wasn’t losing, but sticking with it and staying on track was the most rewarding thing because it was the first time in my life I was just simply taking care of myself. Then when the weight did start coming off, I had a whole new appreciation for working out and for healthy eating than I ever had before. The plateau ended and it brought with it the best of both worlds: eating well and exercising became valued as important things independent of weight loss, and then they helped the pounds come off again.

What’s your current exercise routine?
I do cardio and weights every day. I do some sort of cardio (running on the treadmill, jogging outside, biking, swimming, stair master) for somewhere between 30-50 minutes. I switch off arm days and leg days in the weight room so my muscles have the required time to recover in between respective workouts. I’ve recently started to skip one or two days a week because doctor’s orders say “my batteries need to recharge” but this year has turned me into a real runner/gym rat so it’s hard to stay away!

What’s your daily diet look like?
Over the last year I have gone from tolerating, then enjoying, to actually craving a good salad, and as a result I now eat a ton of vegetables. I make sure to include protein, usually egg whites, chicken, or turkey breast. Whole-wheat bread and thin sandwich slices add carbs, and olive oil, nuts, avocado are great for healthy fats.

What’s your favorite healthy snack/meal?
I love snacking on fat-free yogurt because it’s a great source of protein and I find them SUPER filling. I’ve cultivated the habit of snacking mainly on vegetables (cherry tomatoes, carrots, celery sticks) and fruits, so I don’t really have a favorite “snack food.” A good tip for anyone that likes apples: cut it up, microwave it, top with cinnamon and any 0-calorie sweetener (Splenda, etc.) – tastes awesome and no added calories.

Do you have specific suggestions for avoiding temptations?
At some point during the weight loss journey I realized I had created a system for deciding how to deal with temptations without really realizing it. When I saw something I shouldn’t eat, I weighed the pros and cons: how good it will taste never outweighed how bad it will make me feel after eating it. Once I began feeling emotionally influenced by my slip-ups (I’d wake up the morning after carelessly eating with my friends and my entire day would be ruined because I’d be angry with myself), I realized that my emotions could be the tool to keep me in check. I started seeing forbidden food items just as sources of bad moods and regret until they no longer tempted me. When you realize that resisting temptation makes you feel good about yourself, it becomes addicting.

What’s your life like after weight loss?
It’s safe to say that my entire life is different. In addition to being physically more comfortable and agile, the most important thing is how I feel about myself. I’ve always been confident but now I wake up every day feeling like I’m on top of the world and can do absolutely anything. I have gained so much self-worth and self-respect from this – something no one and nothing will ever be able to strip from me.

If you have any suggestions to others what would they be?
This process has taught me the incredible power of cultivating a relationship with yourself. Nobody and nothing can help you lose weight; you can take tips and hear inspirational stories, but the only way to do it is by talking yourself through it. You have the power to choose optimism over pessimism and positivity over negativity. Food and exercise are just means through which you’ll find success, but this process is almost entirely mental, and ultimately you’re the only one in control. It’s true what they say, “Once you can control your mind, you can control your body.” I’ve become my own nutritionist, my own personal trainer, my own support system, and my own best friend. Find it in yourself to do the same and you’ll become equally as unstoppable.

Source: Everyday Health

Originally posted 2014-03-02 11:38:09. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

37 Comments

  1. Shakun Sharma

    September 19, 2014 at 10:25 am

    I enjoyed reading your success story. I am struggling with my weight. I have to lose a lot. But i will never give up exercising.

  2. Ja'Nae La Boriqua

    September 19, 2014 at 8:45 am

    What an incredible story, congratulations!

  3. Stephanie Pittman

    September 19, 2014 at 1:28 am

    Encouraging Story…..!!#! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  4. Auntie Ann

    September 19, 2014 at 12:52 am

    Look man. I just can’t do it. The constant need to consume is terrifying to me. It’s always there and has completely transformed into a physical need to consume every minute…

  5. Echa Dieva

    September 19, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Cool

  6. King Mega

    September 19, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Awesome

  7. Yna Calomot

    September 18, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Very motivational! 🙂

  8. Laura Milhoan

    September 18, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    It’s all a mind game!!! Loosing weight is HARD, BUT IF put ur “brain” to it U WILL LOOSE WEIGHT!!!!
    The mind will try to to Control U, BUT FIND A WAY TO CONTROL UR MIND WHEN IT COMES TO LOOSING WEIGHT!!

  9. Chris Sanders

    September 18, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    You look great Lisa!!

  10. Marisol Mosley

    September 18, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Wow, love your story I can totally relate with your past feelings.. You look amazing !! Keep up the good work! Hopefully I’ll be there someday too!:)

  11. Dianne Larry Terlecki

    September 18, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    I sure wish I could loose the weight I need to get off. I just can’t do it 🙁

  12. Patricia Strupe

    September 18, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    VERY inspiring!!! WTG!!! Enjoyed reading your story and feeling VERY encouraged!!! Keep up the GREAT work!!! Look AMAZING & your smile shows exactly how Fab-YOU-lous you feel too!!! 😀

  13. Tanaya Koger

    September 18, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Stephanie Janelle, this hits home for me

  14. Ricki Korn

    March 12, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Wow!!GREAT11

  15. Celestine Samuel

    March 6, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Wow…Fabulous!

  16. Billie Jean Millen

    March 6, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Well done!

  17. Ramonita Rivera

    March 6, 2014 at 5:05 am

    Beautiful!

  18. Victoria Holzschuh

    March 5, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Brittany Ryder I read stories like these to self motivate

  19. My Weight Loss Journey & Motivation

    March 5, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Congrats! 🙂

  20. Lori Wormsbecher

    March 5, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Fantastic & Awesome story! Very inspiring! Way to go Lisa! 😎

  21. Ron Kathy Fisher

    March 5, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    You were beautiful before and are still beautiful.

  22. Cheryl Sinift

    March 5, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Beautiful and the world ahead of her!

  23. Theresa Chase-Crombie

    March 5, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Beautiful!!

  24. Olivia Honey

    March 5, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Your story is motivating and inspiring. Thanks for sharing. And you look MAH-VE-LOUS!

  25. Monica A. Bainum

    March 5, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    A big part of weight loss is mental.

  26. Lissa Hodgson

    March 5, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Leanora good read

  27. Sarah Villaseñor

    March 5, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Great story Lisa! Congratulations! You lool great! 🙂

  28. Brooke Meador

    March 5, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Great inspiration an I don’t know you but I admire your path.

  29. Jenny Renaud

    March 5, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    She looks great!

  30. Corazoncito La Colombiana

    March 5, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Wow!! You aré a true inspiration and a positive role model! Thank you !!

  31. Teresa VanHorn

    March 5, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Congrats and thank you for sharing you just made me, motivated to get started on my own journey!

  32. Gentry Fitness

    March 5, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Congrats!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Marlene Meckley Badida

    March 5, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    What an inspiration!

  34. Sandy Munoz

    March 5, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Woo Hoodoo Lisa!!!!!

  35. Elonda Lou Cleveland

    March 5, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Wow,what an insprining n amazing story!!! Thank you for sharing,God Bless!!! Keep loving n believing in yourself!!!

  36. Lori Wright

    March 5, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Wow! Way to go!!!

  37. Tracey Cotton

    March 2, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Love this site!

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