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Half my size after losing 200 pounds!

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Hi! My name is Shelley, I am a hairstylist from Wadsworth, Ohio and I have struggled with weight my whole life. Although I was chubby as a child, and heavy as a teenager, it wasn’t until my twenties when I gained most of my weight. At my heaviest I weighed 326 pounds. Some days I felt so self-conscious that it was hard for me to even get out of bed. Just trying to find clothes and getting dressed to go out was a challenge. I always felt like people were judging me based on my weight and couldn’t see past it to see who I was inside. I was so unhappy most of the time, which I think also made me develop a bad attitude. I used food to cope and whenever I felt happy, sad, bored or lonely, I would turn to food. 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 | Half my size after losing 200 pounds!

Before I changed my eating habits I would eat whatever, whenever. My weaknesses were fast food and sweets. A typical day for me would be to skip breakfast (or eat a breakfast pastry), indulge in a fast food meal for lunch, and then dinner would be pizza or Chinese takeout. And when I would order fast food, it had to be with everything. If I ordered a burger, I would put bacon and heavy sauces on top. I loved heavy sauces. And I would add a super-sized fries and soda – sometimes with chicken nuggets and a frostie. I would snack on chocolate bars at night.
The turning point for me came when I was thirty-one. My twenties had flown by, and I felt that I had wasted so much of my life heavy and unhappy and I did not want to spend the rest of my life being overweight. I work in a salon, so it is very important for me to look and feel good about myself.

I had tried losing weight in the past – one time I even lost seventy-five pounds. However, it only took six months for me to put the weight back on, and it made me feel miserable. I felt worse than I had felt before I had ever lost a pound.

Then, I decided to try Slim-Fast and to start walking. I lost the first 150 pounds using the Slim-Fast plan. I stayed on it for a year and a half. I love sweets, and I liked the way it tasted, so I didn’t get tired of it. I would usually have a shake for breakfast, a bar for lunch, and then a healthy, portion-controlled dinner of fish, chicken or pasta with lots of veggies. I would add a couple of healthy snacks during the day such as boiled eggs, carrots or a couple of crackers. My nighttime snack was usually a low-calorie popsicle or something similar.

After losing 150 pounds, I switched to back to regular food and lost another fifty pounds. Today, my diet consists of oatmeal and fruit for breakfast, a salad for lunch and chicken or fish and veggies for dinner. I always snack in between on fruit and vegetables. The most important thing for me is portion control. I still enjoy food – and even splurge sometimes – but everything in moderation. When I go out for dinner, I will split dessert. I just try to make smarter choices.

When I first started with my exercise program, I started with about ten to fifteen minutes a day and kept adding minutes until I worked my way up to thirty minutes. At one point I was working out about forty or forty-five minutes, but that was hard for my to stick to, so I brought it back down to thirty. It wasn’t until I lost 100 pounds that I started running. I started slowly, and eventually I was running the full thirty minutes!

I was running thirty minutes, seven days a week for about a year, when an injury forced me to cut my workout down. Now, I have made peace with walking thirty minutes five days a week. When I first started losing weight, I was also doing weight training, but currently I do not do any weight training.

My advice is that it’s not about dieting – but rather about making permanent changes in your life. Find a program that fits your lifestyle and stick with it long enough to see some results. Plan meals in advance and always be prepared. This has been a long, difficult journey, but after losing 206 pounds, I know that it was definitely worth all of the hard work. Getting started was the hardest part. If you can just get started and believe in yourself, you can do it. Some days you might want to just pull your hair out and eat a whole bag of cookies, but it’s just not worth it. If I can do it, you can do it too.

Source: allday

Originally posted 2013-04-18 18:33:17. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

11 Comments

  1. Sara

    December 17, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    I started at 320lbs as well its been 5 mths and I have lost 49lbs by completely stopped drinking soda and switched to my main drink is water, I do excercise regularly by walking I started by walking around a middle school track ..4 times around was one mile so I pushed myself ..and also on my treadmill at home..15, 30 minutes to 45minutes and I challenged myself n fast walked 99 minutes the other day..It was 4.335 miles I did it, Im surprised by the energy I feel. I watch the fat intake then the calories and I eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.. I have always been the fat girl n I think I just am sick of the cruelty of others and I decided to push myself, love myself, finally put myself first. I CANT WAIT TO SEE THE END STORY OF MY PATH.. Im inspired by all these stories..so many I can relate to..Thank you

    • admin

      December 17, 2013 at 7:10 pm

      Sara, that’s AWESOME!!! Please keep us posted on your progress. 2014 is YOUR year!!! ~kat

  2. Shawna Lancaster-Johnson

    April 27, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Agreed..

  3. Traci Lynn Brannin

    April 27, 2013 at 1:37 am

    That is so awesome keep it up and God Bless 🙂

  4. Ramona Grover

    April 26, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    ~ Amazing thanks for sharing (Y)

  5. Jessica Ward

    April 26, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Amazing motivation thank u.@ Jessica Ward

  6. Sarah Hammerstad

    April 26, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    She’s amazing!

  7. Amanda M Nance

    April 26, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Thx for that–I needed to hear it today.

  8. Jenny Hodges is Metamorfit

    April 26, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Agreed!! I lost a similar amount and it’s so not about dieting!!

  9. Debbie Cardwell

    April 26, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Congrats! It is about portion control, eating less, exercising and making wise food choices.

  10. Aileen Wlasuk

    April 21, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Hi Shelly. I just read your story, and it could have been me writing it. My heaviest was 320 pounds. I have lost 120 pounds so far using Weight Watchers. I completely agree with you that portion control is the key to losing the weight and keeping it off. Exercise is very important too. My biggest problem is I am not an exercise fan, and just can’t get myself to consistently do it. I am very active riding and caring for my horse again, but it isn’t enough. I have been struggling for the past few months, but finding this website and reading your story is giving me the kick in the butt I need to buckle down. Thank you for sharing your story.

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