My journey to losing over 100lbs in half a year
NAME : Jordan
BEFORE WEIGHT : 303.4
AFTER WEIGHT : 187.1
POUNDS LOST : 116.3
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I was obese my entire life, but my weight significantly increased after I moved away to university.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
It affected my confidence. I was generally a very social person, but my weight was always a burden in the back of my mind.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
I was lucky enough as a child to be surrounded by very supportive and loving people. I was never bullied because of my weight or ostracized by loved ones. My turning point occurred on January 4, 2016, when I realized my health was in great danger. I somehow stumbled upon an online article detailing symptoms associated with diabetes. To my horror, I shared many (if not all) of the symptoms.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I just got up one day and signed up for a gym membership. I started going daily and counting calories. As time went on, more weight came off!
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
I saw results on the scale immediately but I did not see results in my body until I lost around 40lbs. So about 2.5-3 months.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
I am a full-time student who works. My biggest challenge was time management.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
Results kept me going. I was motivated by the scale but also the improvements I saw in my health. i.e. after three months I took a blood pressure test that revealed I had reversed my once severely high blood pressure.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
I haven’t hit any plateaus. I might hit one in the future, but if I do, I plan on just pushing through it.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
It took me 6 months to lose 100lbs and it will probably take another 6 to lose the remaining 50lbs.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
Many – most revolved health but going from a 3x to a size medium was definitely a big one.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I switched from a vegetarian diet to a vegan diet.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I am much more active.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Counting calories is a great learning strategy but don’t starve yourself to hit your calorie goal.
- Work out in the mornings. It helps get your metabolism going and it ensures you won’t skip the gym after a long day at work or school.
- Drink a lot of water and eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
- Find an exercise routine that works for you. If you enjoy exercising, you won’t give up.
- Don’t deprive yourself of the foods you love. You will end up binging.
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