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Finding Self-Confidence Helped Therese Lose 85 Pounds

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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 | Finding Self Confidence Helped Therese Lose 85 PoundsName: Therese Lean

Age: 31

 

 

Height: 5 feet, 2 inches

Before Weight: 250 pounds

How I Gained It: Many of my family members are overweight, so gaining it was a combination of learned habits and emotional eating. I never learned what proper portions were, and I never learned when to stop eating.

The biggest contributor to my weight gain was not learning to deal with my emotions properly. I was teased in third grade for being a bit overweight, and it was then that I had a choice to make: I could either tell someone about it to help me deal with how upset it made me, or I could choose to not say anything. I chose the latter; I was too embarrassed to tell someone, and so I dealt with it by eating. This started a 20-year long abusive relationship with food. By the time I was 13 years old, I weighed 180 pounds, and by the time I was 26, I topped the scale at 250 pounds. I ate for every reason under the sun, whether I was hungry, bored, upset, happy or eating without even realizing it. Eating became a habit, much like smoking cigarettes. The problem was that I had no idea that this weight gain was of my own making — I blamed everyone and everything else.

Breaking Point: When I was 26 years old, I moved into my own apartment and for the first time, I was on my own. I had never lived on my own before, and I was freshly out of a relationship. During this downtime, I inevitably ended up thinking about myself and my future — that’s when I noticed the physical ailments, loneliness and overall lack of a zest for life. My weight had become such a defining characteristic for me that I never thought I could amount to anything.

I was determined to find a solution, so I started listening to self-help podcasts and reading books. That’s when I learned what self-responsibility truly was, and when I realized for the first time in my life that my weight was not due to someone or something else. I created my own situation, my low self-confidence, my weight and my own loneliness.

This realization absolutely devastated me, but out of the darkness came a light, and out of this sadness came the power to change my life. I finally understood that if I could create misery in myself, I could always create joy just as powerful. That was the day my entire life changed.

How I Lost It: For me, losing weight has been an extremely gradual change. At the beginning I didn’t set out to lose weight — I set out to become happier, but when I asked myself what made me sad, one of the main issues was my weight. This time, instead of being overwhelmed by the weight I had to lose, I was much more rational. I decided that I didn’t want a miracle solution, I just wanted to take control of my body, so I started small. I began by dealing with my emotional eating. I decided that every time I caught myself at the fridge, I would ask myself why I was there. If it was for any other reason than hunger, I would instead sit down and write in my journal. I also got rid of all the snacks in my house so I was forced to eat something healthier instead. These two changes helped me to lose 12 pounds in my first month.

I learned that it takes 28 days to learn a new habit, so I decided to work on one or two habits at a time. My first was making sure each meal contained a healthy proportion of vegetables, carbs and protein. Around the same time, I also started to walk more often. Not much to begin — just 15 minutes or so a few days a week.

A friend of mine was a runner, and I was intrigued by the thought of running, even though I was the furthest thing from an athlete. I started to think, if she could do it, why couldn’t I? About a year later I moved into anew cityto try and had a fresh start at 50 pounds lighter, so I decided to register for a 5k race to give it a try. I started with a walk-to-run program, and on October 5, 2008, I ran my first 5k with my two best friends waiting for me at the finish line.

That’s when my life really changed. I decided that if I could run 5k, perhaps I could run more. Since then, I’ve run four more 5ks, an 8k, two 10ks, a 15k and, finally this past September, my first half marathon. Running gave me a goal to shoot for, and it taught me to respect my body and feed it properly. It helped me to lose a further 40 pounds and increased my self-confidence and worth. I now seek out opportunities instead of hiding from my life. I am constantly expanding and seeing what I’m capable of.

I still have about 30 to 40 pounds to lose before I get to my goal weight, but for the first time, I am confident that I will get there. I have created joy in my life, regardless of how much I weigh. I have also created confidence, love, a zest for life and hope. My life is an open canvas, and I plan to paint it with very bright colors.

After Weight: 166 pounds

Therese’s next challenge will be a 30k race in 2011.

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