Changing my mindset saved my life. How I lost 150 pounds!
NAME : Lucy
BEFORE WEIGHT : 317
AFTER WEIGHT : 165
POUNDS LOST : 150
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
Side note-it won’t let me put in my Instagram it’s @lucyscraazyhealthylife -I was always a very large kid. 5’8 by sixth grade. When my parents got divorced I ate because I didn’t know how to handle all those big emotions. By my sophomore year of high school I weighed 317 pounds.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
Being morbidly obese was the center of my world. It’s all my parents talked about. It’s all anyone noticed in school. I didn’t want to go out. I couldn’t fit in desk. I was so embarrassed. I spent 15 years hiding.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
When I stepped on the scale in February of my sophomore year of highchool and saw that I weighed 317 pounds I was devasted. I couldn’t believe I gotten that far. I promised myself right then and there that is have a real story. I’d be a women who lived her life. That I wouldn’t settled for anything less then loving myself.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
The first things I started doing was writing a plan. And breaking up with food. I decided that I can not be in a toxic relationship with food. I can not call on it and go to it when I was sad or angry or upset. And I started going to the gym everyday. Even if it was only for 20 minutes. I went and I showed up.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
Immediately. Once you decide to save your life. Everything in universe conspires to help you.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
For me the biggest obstacles were the skin after. After 150 pounds lost you have a lot of skin. I had six pounds of skin removed off my stomach recently. And that has been the biggest step. Finally I feel free.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
Never. I knew how depressed I was when I was big. It scares me more to be sad and depressed then to go workout. Even on the hardest days working out and eating healthy is 100x easier then be morbidly obese.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Yes! There’s always ebb and flow. Consistently showing up is the key.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
Five years. Kept of for ten.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
Buying clothes in Normal stores! Running without a shirt on!
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I had horrible eating habits. Not from lack of my mom tying so hard. I ate thousands and thousands of calories a day. I would eat double meals. One at my moms house. And one at my dads house. At the time it was the only way to feel things.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
Omg! I didnt enjoy it at the beginning. I was so embarrassed with how my body shook and how big I was. But I kept going. And moving. Now I can hold handstands and run really fast for a sustained time. I can fly now!
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- You always go. It doesn’t matter what’s going on. You get up early and workout. Vacation. Holidays. You gotta go. Health is an everyday choice.
- You don’t get to eat your emotions. Life is uncomfortable. But it doesn’t mean you eat crap.
- Don’t hate yourself. Watch your self talk. Affirmations go a long way to training your brain. ‘Everyday is every way. I’m fit. And fitter’
- Do you research! Figure out what you love and go for it!