Erika Hayes Lost 85 Pounds
ACCEPTING SETBACKS: I’m realizing that people need to know that people have hiccups and the biggest thing is staying steady. You just need to stay steady. It doesn’t matter if it’s 1 pound or 5 or 10 pounds. You need to celebrate any weight loss.
THE TURNING POINT: When I went into this process, I didn’t want to lose weight. I didn’t think I could lose weight. I very quickly thought, I need to be healthy. I want to be healthy.
And all of a sudden, as I started making these changes, I started losing weight. I’m like, oh, girl, you’re looking good, you know? So that inspired me when I started losing 5, 10, 15, 20, 30 pounds in a little over a month, I’m like wow, I didn’t think I could ever lose 10 pounds. So I think it was after the fact, because when I went into it, I just — I wanted to be healthy.
BIGGEST LESSON: Thoughts would go through my mind, “Oh, I’ve lost 120 pounds, it’s okay just to have a little Scooby snack you know? It’s okay to have a little Krispy Kreme.” And then it wakes something up in your taste buds. I just was thinking, oh my gosh, I want another one. I can’t stop at one cookie. I can’t just eat one cookie, I can’t do it.
WORDS OF WISDOM: You have to care. Every moment, you have to care. You have to because it’s a life-long process and you literally when you begin to think, oh, it’s not that big of a deal, who cares, it’s a birthday party, it’s a whatever. No. You need to snap it back in place and say, “No, I’m not doing it.”
THE BIGGEST REWARD: I noticed about two and a half months in, all of a sudden, I just thought, “Wow, I feel light. And it had nothing to do with the weight. It had everything to do with internally you just feel good. And that was the biggest, most significant change I had ever felt in my life. I didn’t feel sluggish, lethargic, I just thought I can climb a mountain. It was just — it was awesome. you just feel light. Not physically light but just light and clear in your mind. That, that’s what I’m looking for again. I want to feel that way and the only way you get there is eating right and getting in the gym even if it’s just a little bit at a time. It doesn’t — you don’t have to, you know, be crazy about it.
A NEW MILESTONE: My goal is to be in a red dress. I’ve never worn a red dress in my life and I want to have a red dress party and invite people to come and just inspire them.
KEYS TO MY SUCCESS: Portion control. Swapping healthy food for junk food. Exercise.
Originally posted 2012-10-29 00:16:16. Republished by Blog Post Promoter