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Heidi Riess Learned Not To Attach Morality To Food And Lost 165 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 | Heidi Riess Learned Not To Attach Morality To Food And Lost 165 PoundsName: Heidi Riess

Age: 43
Height: 5’10”
Before Weight: Over 385 pounds. This is the highest weight I remember, but I know I gained weight after.

How I Gained It: I started gaining the majority of my weight after a family tragedy at the age of 14. I would often hide in my room eating large quantities of food to help me deal with the loss of a family member and the pains of being a teenager. Through the years, when dealing with any kind of stress, this behavior would just intensify. I would eat salads and grilled chicken in public, then binge on fast food, ice-cream, chips or anything I was craving that day in private. I was a person of extremes.

Breaking Point: I work for the USPS, and my job is very physical. It involves a lot of bending, twisting, pushing and lifting. I was in pain, so I made an appointment with a doctor. The doctor’s solution was to just write me out a prescription. I know people who have developed addictions to pain medication, and the thought of that frightened me. I always knew that I had to be honest with myself and face the fact that the pain I was feeling was because I was morbidly obese. I never had the prescription filled. Instead, I joined a gym, and my whole life changed.

How I Lost It: My weight loss has been a slow process with many ups and downs. It has taken me over four years to lose the weight.

In the first year, I lost over 50 pounds simply because my job changed. During the second year, with the help of my personal trainer, I shed not only another 50 pounds but gained strength and self-confidence. Then, I had a year during which I lost nothing, despite exercising five to six times a week. Even though I had increased my activity level, my eating habits were still out of control. I would go from one extreme to the other: I’d eat only natural foods, and meticulously weigh myself and count my calories. But if I had even one bite of what to me was “bad” food, I would start bingeing, saying, “Just this last time, and then I’ll never have so-called ‘bad’ food again.”

On March 28 of this year, my trainer and I had a heart-to-heart. I said, “I think I give good advice, I just don’t follow it.” He told me to follow one of those things for a week and see how I felt. Every day I would start with a positive affirmation, even if I didn’t feel it was true. By the end of the week, I felt great. I started thinking about words and how powerful they are and how changing a few of them could make all the difference.

I no longer say I “can’t” have something. I can have whatever I want, and sometimes I choose to and sometimes I don’t — and that is okay. I no longer say things like, “I was so bad yesterday because I had a piece of cake,” nor will I say I was good if I didn’t. Food shouldn’t have any morality attached to it, nor should we define ourselves by our food choices. I started introducing those previously-banned foods back into my diet with this new mindset. And since then, I have lost an additional 65 pounds.

What I have gained is immense. I no longer feel the need to binge. I have gained the knowledge that it is okay not to be perfect, that just because you decided to have ice cream doesn’t mean you blew your diet. I learned to be more forgiving and to love myself more each day. I started following Facebook pages with positive messages and fell in love with their common-sense approaches to fitness and weight loss. I now eat enough calories to support my activity with a slight deficit for weight loss. I restrict absolutely nothing. I enjoy food, but no longer use it as an emotional crutch. I am happier than I have been in years.

Current Weight: 220 pounds

Source: Huffington Post

Originally posted 2014-02-04 22:03:56. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

32 Comments

  1. Sissy Woods

    August 1, 2017 at 12:17 am

    Wow

  2. Angela Touchton

    June 26, 2015 at 5:45 am

    Intuitive eating – I love it and am working on that now.

  3. Yolanda Reed-ludd

    June 26, 2015 at 5:17 am

    You look great ! Congrats

  4. Irene Pirker Jensen

    June 26, 2015 at 2:09 am

    Great job! I like the thinking process..going to work on that

  5. Jodi Brewer Bottillo

    June 26, 2015 at 1:27 am

    Your such an inspiration

  6. Lisa Carol Campbell

    June 26, 2015 at 12:32 am

    Love this story! Great job!

  7. Tammy Spence

    June 26, 2015 at 12:29 am

    AWESOME!!!

  8. Stephanie Puza Lueras

    June 26, 2015 at 12:24 am

    Yes!!! I love her mindset!

  9. Denise Schaffer

    June 26, 2015 at 12:21 am

    Amazing-great job!

  10. Cathy Hayes

    June 26, 2015 at 12:18 am

    Well done Heidi!

  11. Kathy James

    June 26, 2015 at 12:16 am

    Inspiration!

  12. Juanita Pardus

    October 16, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    I can’t imagine how you got through. This! Terrific results! Congratulations!

  13. Greta Lowe Jordan

    October 16, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Such an inspirational story and I love how you look at food now!

  14. Tracy

    October 16, 2014 at 10:02 am

    I love reading these success stories. I have roller coastered my weight my whole life. You’re story is amazing. Thank you for the inspiration.

  15. Rose Gaudio-Archambault

    October 16, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Awesome!!

  16. Lori MacInerney

    October 16, 2014 at 6:26 am

    This could be me telling this story!!!! Thank u for sharing – u were my positive words for today 🙂

  17. Debra McElyea Rainey

    October 16, 2014 at 4:33 am

    Very inspirational!

  18. Alan Haugen

    October 16, 2014 at 3:09 am

    Fantastic results !!

  19. Kim Driscoll

    October 16, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Good for you keep up the good work.

  20. Karen Hideshername

    October 16, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Amazing story. Thank you for sharing.

  21. Kristen McCall

    October 15, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    That’s great! Good suggestions about the use of the good/bad words!

  22. Myrtle Prater

    October 15, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    beautiful

  23. Janet Maldonado

    October 15, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Great job! Keep up the good work!

  24. Susan O'Banion Deveaux

    October 15, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Thank you for your story…inspiration!!

  25. Stephanie Stafford

    October 15, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Great job!!

  26. Maria Knight

    October 15, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    <3

  27. Lisa K Turner Goodell

    October 15, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Awesome

  28. Kim Foster

    October 15, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Such an inspiration!

  29. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    October 15, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Looks like 2 different people. Great job 🙂

  30. Susan Nevius-Cleveland

    October 15, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Beautiful!!!

  31. Yolanda Reed-ludd

    October 15, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Awesome

  32. Adriane Gilder

    October 15, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Wow, great work. Good for you. You and your family must be very proud.

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