90 Pounds Lost: Focus on YOU, no Matter what Else is Going on!
NAME : Tasha
BEFORE WEIGHT : 255
AFTER WEIGHT : 165
POUNDS LOST : 90
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
For as long as I could remember, I was always overweight. When I look back in my pictures (and remember the kids teasing me about my weight at such a young age), I was overweight in elementary school, middle school, and high school.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
My weight directly attributed to the confidence I had in myself. I battled with low self esteem as a child and adolescent and low self confidence and depression in my 20s. My weight affected my ability to stand up for myself when someone teased me or did not treat me fairly in school and in the workforce.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
The turning point for me to get a hold of my life was when I noticed my size 16 jeans were not fitting anymore and that in essence meant I now wore a size 18. I also started to have high blood pressure and low back pain. I was getting frustrated with myself about starting over for the 498th time on Monday (the official start over day) about eating better. I was simply tired. I started thinking to myself that if I don’t get a hold of how I am living my life, I am well on my weigh to being 300 pounds before I turn 30 years old; and that scared me.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I started by making small tweaks to my diet such as not going back for second plates and not eating potato chips after every meal. I chose baked foods instead of fried foods and drank way more water. I did not want to go hard core with the food changes because that was my weakness and if I went too hard I might fall off the track. As for working out, I committed myself to working out 4x a week; despite having 2 jobs and being in graduate school. I didn’t care what was going on in my life, I was getting to that gym!
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
I weighed myself after 2 and a half months of consistently working out and eating better and I found out that I lost 14 lbs and was so excited! I had no idea that it could actually work once you stayed committed to YOU! Once I got to about 30lbs weight loss people started to notice. I didn’t notice that much weight loss because I always tried to hide myself by wearing baggy clothes, but people started to notice and started to ask questions on what I was doing to lose the weight.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
I had little support from my family, primarily because no one was really in to fitness and health. Initially, my cousin went to the gym with me but he was a male and he would go about doing his own thing at the gym, so I had to find a routine that worked best for me. I did not have a lot of funds to devote to fitness so I worked out at the city’s recreation center and that worked out just fine for me. I knew I could not stop home right after work to change clothes, so I would get dressed into my fitness gear as I was simultaneously driving to the gym so I would not have any excuses to get in there and get to work!
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
There were times when I wanted to give up, especially with the food. I wanted to give up every weekend lol. But then I would remember that I didn’t lose weight on the weeks that I didn’t stay consistent on the weekends. So I started to choose the results (the consistency) over the weekend parties and in the end I started to see more changes to the body.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
There were several times when I reached a plateau along my weight loss journey. At those times, I started to remember where I had come from and how I felt being the heavier weight and I knew I didn’t want to go back. I also thought to myself if my body could change to where it is now and now I can actually see some of my abs; there’s no stopping point to where the body could go. I started to obsess and analyze my current workouts and eating habits and see what reasonable changes can be done to enhance my weight loss goals.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
It took me a solid 2 years to lose most of my weight.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
My non-scale victories were seeing definition in my stomach (which was not a goal of mine) and in my legs. I had no idea I could see definition in my legs because my legs carry the largest amount of my body fat.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I focus more on fueling the body properly for my workouts as opposed to focusing on satisfying whatever cravings come to mind. My meals consist of more protein than what I was eating in the past. I am currently a pescetarian (no-dairy as well). On a weekly basis, more of my carbohydrates come from non-starchy vegetables and fruit as opposed to bread, rice, etc.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I still workout about 4-5x a week just like I did in the past but I only workout for an hour. My workouts are still challenging but the intensity has increased; I have more muscle strength and endurance; so my workouts are designed to maintain that level of strength and endurance.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Discipline. You have to be able to commit to this journey (on a consistent basis) to see results, regardless of what other challenging things you are facing life.
- Meal prep. Prepping your foods for an hour -hour and a half once a week will save you time, money, and calories for the rest of the week. Too important to pass up on.
- Drink that water!! Drinking half your body weight in ounces helps to make sure your body is disposing of the water and not retaining it.
- Stay consistent on the weekends. The weekend (friday, saturday, and sunday) is pretty much half the week! If you keep thinking you deserve a reward (or 5 of them) since you did great during the week you will never see results. Focus on getting the results a little later on (one month, 2 month, or 3 months) and focus more on establishing better daily and weekly habits that cause you to get what you truly want (not the food or drinks) but the weight loss.
- Start small and then go big. If you can only workout 3x a week for 30 minutes than start with that and as you make it a part of your routine then see where you can add in another 30 minutes some other time during the week. We have 168 hours in a week, if you really want it you will make time in your schedule for YOU. Stop fighting the journey and make this thing work…no matter what!
Originally posted 2017-01-17 09:46:19. Republished by Blog Post Promoter