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NAME : gillian
BEFORE WEIGHT : 413 lbs
AFTER WEIGHT : 199 lbs
POUNDS LOST : 214 lbs

WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I have had a weight problem since i was a teenager. As far as i remember i have been over 200 lbs since i was at least 16 yrs old. I started diets early with no success, i gave birth to three children at more then 350 lbs. After the birth of my 4th child my weight ballooned up to 413 lbs. It might have actually gotten higher but at that weight the scale isn’t anyones friend.

HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
I unknowingly stopped doing things. I thought i just didn’t like to do things. This isn’t the case i just some how decided i couldn’t do them. By the time i reached 413 lbs i was no longer an active part of my life or my childrens lives i was just someone on the outside looking in.

WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
After watching extreme weight loss almost two years ago and spending the summer smoking more then a pack of cigarettes a day and beating candy crush i realized how low i had become. It literally was like a light bulb finally got switched. I decided i was going to dedicate one year to health. I didn’t know what it was going to look like but i was going to make one choice a day to make my life better. I decided that year was going to pass anyway and i could either get fatter or i could get healthier.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
After my light bulb moment i got really upset. I was mad that i had allowed my life to be dictated by chemicals. That i was going to eat according to my addictions. I also knew that trying to change everything all at once was a bad and unsuccessful idea in the past. So i cut out one bad habit a week so i could get a grip on cutting it out of my life before i added a new bad thing to cut out. So week one i cut out sweet tea which also meant i was cutting out mcdonalds. I didn’t know how to go to mcdonalds and not get the tea. The following week i cut out my cigarettes and i probably should have started with that but i didn’t. The following week it was white carbs and so on. I also didn’t actually start cutting calories for quiet awhile. I cut things out then went to tracking what i was eating with myfitnesspal app and then i started cutting calories.

HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
Right away the first three days of cutting out an addiction seem to be the hardest but once its out of your system you can start to feel less controlled. I don’t remember when the weight itself started coming off but i do know i lost 60 lbs in 5 months so i was feeling pretty good about that.

WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
This whole journey is a challenge to overcome. I think for most of us the biggest challenge is ourselves. Having to fight all the addictive behaviors. Fighting the mindset you have set for yourselves probably for your whole life. Or fighting maybe a past abuse and what someone else has told you. The other stuff people complain about i feel are just excuses that stem from the fight and struggle with thereselves.

DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
I never had what most people refer to as inspiration or will power. I decided to be successful i needed to treat myself like i do my children. I don’t give my children an option about doing what i think is best for them i just make them do it. And thats exactly what i had to do with myself.

DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Yes i hit them all the time. I will go for three or four weeks and the scale doesn’t move then all of the sudden ill be down 8 lbs. I have learned to not put all my value in the scale. I try on new clothes. I take my measurements. I trust the process. If you know your doing everything right eventually the numbers will move. And usually if they aren’t moving we know its either a stall or we are doing something wrong. You make the adjustment if you need to but trust the process.

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
I have lost this weight in the course of 2 years and still have 36 lbs i would like to lose. I am hoping that comes off over the course of the next year. But in the mean time im going to continue to work on me and build muscle and strength and stamina.

DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
I have them all the time. I look for them regularly. The little things like playing at the park with my kids to the big things like not having to worry if a chair has arms. Not worrying if im going to fall. I am So much more a participant in my own life and that is the biggest non scale victory i could have.

WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
At 413lbs my diet looked like Mcdonalds dollar menu and 2 or 4 sweet teas a day. Maybe dairyqueen or half a box of waffles for dinner. It really sucked. Today i have a protein shake and maybe a banana for breakfast. For lunch its usually lunch meat rolls with pickles. then dinner is sauted veggies with some kind of meat. i also have yogurt or hummus as a snack and two more protein shakes threw the day.

HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
It is very very different. By the time i got fed up with myself i was only moving out of necessity and never cause i wanted to do something. Now i go to the gym regularly, i take my kids to the park on the regular. We went berry picking yesterday and i stayed in a low squat for probably 5 minutes and got up with ease.

MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS

  1. Give yourself a chance. We so easily sell ourselves short. At least try something before you think you can’t do it.
  2. There is so much info in the world today use it. I watch videos, read blogs, belong to support groups and talk to my friends. Reach out and touch someone as they use to say
  3. Don’t make unrealistic Goals. Make short easy to obtain goals. that way you can see the rewards more often and your not setting yourself up for failure.
  4. Movement is your friend. I don’t care if when you start its an extra lap threw your house. If thats your starting point then go with it and build on that. I now love the gym i never in my life thought i would ever say those words but i do
  5. This is the most important one LOVE YOURSELF. Love your body for all it has done for you this far. Love your flaws. look in the mirror and find the good. this will help you so much in all aspects of your life

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 | 214 Pounds Lost:  Learning to love me

Originally posted 2015-07-20 10:32:12. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

40 Comments

  1. Alahaundra L. Crear

    July 26, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Love how she decided to change one thing a week, very attainable and realistic changes- WELL DONE!!!

  2. Faye Hurt

    July 25, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    When I got off all my drugs I lost 60 pounds.. Now I am 150 pounds and holding that weight .!

  3. Brenda Larson

    July 24, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    You go girl, congrats !!!!!!.

  4. Aisha Davis

    July 24, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Awesome job!!!

  5. Maggie Reikowsky

    July 24, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Wow.

  6. Speedy Hernandez

    July 24, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Congratulations you are looking grrrreat!

  7. Becky Ralph Hines

    July 24, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Wow! I’m inspired by this story, cutting 1 bad habit a week? , yes, I can do that! Thank you Gilliam for sharing, there’s hope for me

  8. Patricia Derenberger

    July 24, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Great job

  9. Leinoe Souza

    July 24, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Lei wow.

  10. Arlinda Johnson

    July 24, 2015 at 10:22 am

    This give me hope

  11. Jessica McDonald

    July 24, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Wow!

  12. Melinda Miller Heyne

    July 24, 2015 at 9:35 am

    What an inspiration! Cutting out one bad habit per week is a fantastic idea. Thank you for sharing.

  13. Gay Dittrich

    July 24, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Way to go. Keep it up!

  14. Karen Enslin Dukerich

    July 24, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Once again thanks all of these stories give me hope

  15. Betty Regan

    July 24, 2015 at 9:00 am

    You are an inspiration for all fighting this battle. Keep up the good work.

  16. Mindy Martin

    July 24, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Way to go!

  17. Mary Hake Christman

    July 24, 2015 at 8:15 am

    You look amazing!

  18. Annette Brooks

    July 24, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Leigh Davis, you can do this too!

  19. Jennifer Moss-Kottler

    July 24, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Absolutely amazing!! Congratulations!! You arena inspiration to us all. I read these articles everytime they post a new one and it makes me believe I can do this. I’m so happy for you.

  20. Nathan Meola

    July 24, 2015 at 8:10 am

    That’s the way to do it! Congrats 🙂

  21. Jessica Autumn LeBlanc

    July 24, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Wow that is pretty amazing 🙂

  22. Yolanda Reed-ludd

    July 24, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Congratulations

  23. Kristina Nelson

    July 24, 2015 at 6:52 am

    Way to go! Very inspirational

  24. Christi Davis Jordan

    July 24, 2015 at 5:30 am

    Great job!!! You look amazing!!!

  25. Jackie Wofford

    July 24, 2015 at 5:26 am

    Lookin good !!!

  26. Linda Thompson

    July 24, 2015 at 4:42 am

    Freaking awesome!

  27. Cheryl Lynn DeBose

    July 24, 2015 at 2:13 am

    Amazing and inspirational!!! Thank you for sharing

  28. Melissa Brown

    July 24, 2015 at 2:11 am

    Wow! Awesome job!

  29. Annette Heflin

    July 24, 2015 at 1:59 am

    You are amazing and a true inspiration to us all. Have a great day.

  30. Cynthia Banks

    July 24, 2015 at 1:58 am

    Good for her!

  31. Glama Divas

    July 24, 2015 at 1:36 am

    OH MY GOSH! GIRL!!! I have to SAY YOU ARE MY INSPIRATION!!! I gained SOO MUCH uncontrollablally with my hypothyriod and not watching my diet to be HONEST.. THANK YOU SOO MUCH FOR INSPIRATION!! you ARE SOO BEAUTFUL! You gave me some HOPE to change my lifestyle!!! THANK YOU!!!!!! LOVE YOU GIRL! WARMEST HUGS!!

  32. Crystal Naka

    July 24, 2015 at 12:57 am

    Great!!!

  33. Christi Kurkjian

    July 24, 2015 at 12:56 am

    Debbie Kurkjian. Just like we were talking about

  34. Tammy Lynn

    July 24, 2015 at 12:53 am

    <3

  35. GailAnn Diaz

    July 24, 2015 at 12:41 am

    Wow that is beyond Awesome! Great job!

  36. Nora Daniel

    July 24, 2015 at 12:37 am

    Julia Franco. I need to cut one bad habit a wk! We can do it 😉

  37. Denise Schaffer

    July 24, 2015 at 12:34 am

    Wow-what an amazing transformation. Great job!

  38. Stacey Chapman

    July 24, 2015 at 12:32 am

    Did she have surgery too?

  39. Darlene Wallis

    July 24, 2015 at 12:29 am

    This woman is an inspiration to all of us who have tried and tried and failed.. !!!

  40. Michelle Reames

    July 24, 2015 at 12:25 am

    Amazing! I absolutely love her story! Congrats, Gillian!

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