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200 Pounds Lost: I lost 200 lbs and gained my life back

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NAME : Amy
BEFORE WEIGHT : 350
AFTER WEIGHT : 150
POUNDS LOST : 200 from highest

WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
Elementary school

HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
I had social anxiety & didn’t want to do anything. I was completely inactive.

WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
Abbreviated:
I realized it takes a lot of work & consistency. I was finally ready to make that happen.

Super Long:
I’ve been overweight since elementary school. I was an active kid (dance & cheerleading) but the weight kept coming on. By middle school, I was wearing a size 24 in women’s. I had developed social anxiety and only hung out with a few close friends. Throughout my high school years, I was somewhat active with marching band but I was overeating and medicated for anxiety & high blood pressure. My junior year I started the Atkins diet & lost 80 lbs. Got down to 200. Then I started eating carbs again.. and eventually gained 150 lbs between my senior year of HS & my freshman year of college.

One day I had an awakening when my brother wouldn’t let me ride in his new car because I couldn’t fasten the seatbelt. I cried so much. I weighed 350 lbs. So, I decided to pursue weight loss surgery. I lost 20 lbs doing low carb before I had a lap band put in in 2006. I lost about 30 lbs with the lap band. After the first few months I stopped going to my weight loss dr’s & didn’t get any more saline fills.

I yo-yo’d around 290-300 lbs for a few years. I didn’t exercise & when my food would get stuck from the lap band I’d just wait until it went down so that I could eat more. I did low-carb again & lost about 40 lbs before I became pregnant with Carter in 2011. I was on bedrest & had appointments with a high risk dr for the last 10 weeks due to severe hypertension. I was 309 when I had him. I got down to about 270 before I got pregnant with Presley. No bedrest with her, but still medicated for blood pressure. I was 306 when I had her in 2013.

On April 2nd 2014, I downloaded the myfitnesspal app. I was driving home from work with my chocolate peanut butter bugels & I decided to track them. It was eye- opening for me to see my calorie goal (based on my height & weight) & how much food I was actually eating.

My starting weight was 282. I’ve used the app every day since then. I have a sedentary desk job & up until that point I was inactive outside of work too. May 2014 I started walking every day for exercise. Eventually began interval running with the C25K app, which helped me begin running longer distances. I exercised every day from May 2014-May 2015. Sometimes it was just a walk, but anything to get me moving. I lost over 120 lbs in 10 months.

August of last year, I had my lap band removed. The port was causing me pain in my side and I wanted it out. I didn’t feel like it was helping me since all the saline had been gone for years, so I wasn’t scared that I’d gain anything back. I’m so glad it’s gone; I feel so much better without it.

I’m coming up on my 2 year fitversary. I consider April 2nd my starting point because it’s the first time I’ve ever truly committed to working for this. All other attempts I wasn’t ready to commit and make a true lifestyle change. Over the last year there have been ups and downs. I’ve battled with binge eating & scale obsession (and still do, but it’s getting better). I’ve lost 10 or so more lbs, but mostly maintained my loss. I workout 4-5x a weeks, exercise on my breaks at work, and still use myfitnesspal to track. I do have cheat meals every once in a while, but I have to be careful because food is still a slippery slope for me. I’ll always be a food addict, but I know I’m stronger than its hold on me.

I’m a work in progress & this is a lifelong journey.

MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS

  1. Set small goals & crush them.
  2. Don’t weight yourself more than once a week.
  3. Take measurements & pictures to compare.
  4. When you fall down, get back up. Don’t beat yourself up.

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 | 200 Pounds Lost: I lost 200 lbs and gained my life back

Originally posted 2017-01-20 14:09:57. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

8 Comments

  1. Carolyn

    June 16, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    You look great.

  2. Melanie Steinhauser

    February 13, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    She’s an inspiration!

  3. Lem Tesfay

    February 13, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    That really inspired me to do something. Thank you for sharing

  4. Joseph Gillen

    February 13, 2017 at 6:53 am

    awesome

  5. Theresa Padovano

    February 13, 2017 at 5:42 am

  6. Theresa Padovano

    February 13, 2017 at 5:41 am

    Congratulations

  7. Angie Burke

    February 13, 2017 at 4:31 am

    That’s amazing!

  8. Joanne Enciso

    February 13, 2017 at 2:36 am

    Amazing! You look gorgeous.

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