87 Pounds Lost: Fighting to get fit!
NAME : Jessica
BEFORE WEIGHT : 257
AFTER WEIGHT : 170
POUNDS LOST : 87
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I started gaining weight around the 5th grade. I remember being chubby in middle school and started dropping some of the weight my freshman and sophomore year of high school.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
I’ve always been confident, even at my heaviest. I remember my sister pointing out that when I walked in a room my presence demanded attention.
When I was in college I dated a guy who had an issue with my weight, so he cheated and wanted me to have a video model body. Because of this I had no interest in losing weight, so I got to my heaviest.
I always wanted to run a 5k, but I would get shin splits and had knee problems. Once I dropped to 170lbs I had no knee problems. I ran my first 5k May 2016.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
I was always trying to lose weight, but was never consistent. After getting to my heaviest of around 257lbs I was working long hours in California in 2011 and a co-worker told me to get a hobby. So, I started boxing, eating healthy and lost about 10lbs. I got released from working there and while home for about two months, my mom pointed out that I had gained weight. Well about two weeks later I was sent back to California and the same co-worker looked at me and said, “Are you still boxing?”. I knew he had realized the weight gain and I was embarrassed. I never cared what people thought, but at that moment it hit me and I took it personal.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
In 2011, before my 25th birthday, I started the HCG diet that a few of my friends were doing.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
After doing the HCG diet off and on for about 5 or 6 months and dropped almost 40lbs. The only problem was there was no working out so I would gain it back quickly whenever I picked up my old habits. So, I stopped using the drops and started working out and did a low calorie diet, as if I was still taking the drops in 2012-2013. Unfortunately, when I fell off I gained it back and I gained it back fast! I kept this up for about a year and just went up and down between 195lbs – 201lbs. I got a trainer near the end of 2014, started at 208lbs, and lost 23lbs. Due to my lack od dedication to clean eating and drinking I hung out around 185lbs and couldn’t meet my goal of 17olbs. Once that trainer moved I started working with a new trainer at 195lbs near the end of 2015. I brought in a lot of the same bad habits, it was until I fasted for a month that I saw serious results. I didn’t eat out, drink, or go out for a month and dropped 12lbs getting me to my goal weight of 170lbs. That was 5 months into working with my trainer.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
– I honestly don’t like working out. I do different things to make it fun, TRX classes, spin, boxing, jogging and step up class. I enjoy working out with friends so I find accountability partners so I can get some laughter while sweating.
– Removing distractions. Living in Dallas everyone loves brunch with mimosas and happy hour. I’ve learned sometimes the people around you are unintentionally a distraction. It’s important to have people around who have the same fitness focus and help keep you on tract.
– Eating sweets. I love cake, cookies or brownies with ice cream. I could eat it every other day before. Learning to choose options that fulfill your sweet tooth. I love quest bars, frozen grapes and apples with melted peanut butter.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
I’m really slow in the mornings. My workout sessions were at 5:30am, so between that and actually working out and cutting out foods I enjoy it was hard. I had a strong support system. If it wasn’t for prayer, family and friends I would have given up. Thank God for this journey and keeping me on track, even when I fell off. Although, I have inspired so many others to live a healthier lifestyle, they started to motivate me. My mom and brother have both taken on a healthier lifestyle and they keep me encouraged.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
For about a year I was 185lbs. It was all on me. Lack of clean eating and consistency. Both of my trainers were great! It was once I committed to the clean eating I saw the results I wanted and got to my weight loss goal of 170lbs. That’s after fasting for a month.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
I lost about 40lbs in 2011, fluctuated up and down in 2012 and 2013 and in 2014 at 208lbs started with my first trainer. Since then I’ve lost over 40lbs, I had got to 163lbs for my 30th. I’m currently at 170lbs.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
For a year I just fluctuated up and down between 185-195lbs.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
When I was heavier I would eat maybe two times a day, mostly unhealthy choices and a lot of eating out. I would also eat lots of sweets. Now I meal prep on Sundays and eat five to six times a day. Two to three healthy snacks and healthy meals, carbs, veggies and proteins. I enjoy food that are not always the best choices, but it’s all about getting back on track.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
My goal was always to run a 5k. It started with shin splits and knee problems, I would even have to wear a knee brace. I wanted to run a 5k by the end of 2015, but my knee wouldn’t allow that. I wanted to run one before my 30th May 2016, but didn’t really plan for one and about a month and a half before a 5k I started doing some training. I was able to complete my first 5k running straight through by my 30th.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Keep a strong support system around
- Never compare your weight loss journey to anyone else’s. It took me five years to get here and I’m proud of who I’ve become throughout this process.
- You have to eat! A lot of people struggle with eating 5-6x a day. In order to get the results right, you must eat. Healthy choices!
- If gyms scare you, or you’re concerned with people looking at you, start out at home or outside. You ca get results without the gym, you just have to be dedicated.
- My # 1 tip is do it for yourself. You have to be all in if you truly want to make a lifestyle change. Don’t give up! If you fall off just jump right back on!
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