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Little by little, one goes far… 159 Pounds Lost!

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NAME : Jamie
BEFORE WEIGHT : 300
AFTER WEIGHT : 141
POUNDS LOST : 159

WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I’ve always been a little on the overweight side, but as soon as I got married it all went down hill from there.

HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
It affected every part of my life! From not being able to physically do activities, to plain out just wanting to hide myself because I was embarrassed of how I was.

WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
I woke up one day and said I don’t want to be like this anymore. I was sick and tired of hiding. Sick and tired of not feeling or looking how I wanted to look. Sick and tired of being on the sidelines of my life. So I woke up and changed. I decided that no matter what it took, I would get to my weight loss goals… and I did.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
First, I threw out all the unhealthy foods in my home. Out of sight, out of mind. I focused on eating healthy clean foods and drinking my water. After I felt like I had that under control I jumped way out of my comfort zone and started CrossFit. CrossFit changed my life. It changed my mentality along with my physical side, and the support group I found there has made all the difference.

HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
It took a while for me to see results and it was really frustrating. I would say it took 50 pounds for me to start noticing changes, and for others to notice changes to. But I figured that if I was doing everything that I knew I should be doing, the results would come sooner than later, and they did.

WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
Facing the demons in my head. You know, those thoughts you put into your head saying “Quit.” “It’s too hard” “You are too slow” “You’ll never make it” “You aren’t good enough” Everyone has those demons. Once I figured out how to ignore all those thoughts I was having about myself, everything changed.

DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
Of course there were some hard times where I wanted to give up. So whatever it was that was frustrating me, I focused on something different. Like, say if the scale wasn’t going down, I’d find every single thing that was positive to keep me going. Like, fitting into smaller clothes. Running a faster mile. Doing things I thought I’d never do. I would celebrate every small thing in my journey… it really helped during the rough times to know that even though I was struggling and I wanted to quit, there were still so many positive things to look at.

DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Yes, I’ve had many plateaus. I overcame them by focusing on not what the scale said, and by changing up my diet here and there. I knew that if I kept making good decision after good decision the weight would come off, and it did.

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
It took me about 3 years. That sure sounds like a long time, and it feels like a long time going day by day, but I look back now and it’s crazy how fast it seemed to really fly in the big picture of it all.

DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
Non-scale victories are what kept me going! I celebrated every one of them. Weather it was losing 5 pounds, new dress sizes, being able to run a longer distance, doing my first box jump, sitting in a chair and feeling comfortable, seeing muscle, doing things I never thought I’d do. I celebrate every single one of them.. it’s kept me going! Always focus on the positive! 🙂

WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
When I was heavier I ate out a lot, I ate a lot of pastas, breads, you know, all that type of stuff. Now days, I’ve eliminated all that kind of food and replaced it with other foods that are just as delicious, and I don’t eat out as often.

HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
When I was heavier, lets just say I could barely move. When I started CrossFit, I couldn’t even do one sit up. I couldn’t run without feeling like I was going to die. I couldn’t do much because I was so out of shape! Now days, I can do anything I want. I can run, I can jump, I can do all sorts of things that I never dreamed of doing!

MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS

  1. First off: What I have learned is: the strongest factor for success is self-esteem. Believing you can do it, believing you deserve it, and believing you will get it. “Change the inside and the outside will follow…”
  2. Find something you enjoy doing physically. I fell in love with CrossFit. I’m addicted! So when it comes to getting exercise, I LOVE it, I don’t dread it!
  3. Surround yourself with people that have the same goals as you, they will help hold you accountable when the times get tough, and they will also be there to cheer you on with the times are awesome!
  4. Drink your water. (1/2 your body weight in ounces) It’s magical! It will do wonders for weight loss, energy, your complexion… so many benefits to drinking water!
  5. “Little by little, one goes far…”
    You don’t have to cut everything out all at once. For some people that can get very overwhelming. Focus on one thing at a time, if you have to. Each good decision, each step in the right direction…it all complies into something big.

Originally posted 2014-05-17 14:25:13. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

46 Comments

  1. Theresa Padovano

    February 27, 2017 at 5:25 am

  2. Theresa Padovano

    February 27, 2017 at 5:25 am

    Congratulations

  3. Jo Jo Holbrook

    February 25, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    You look wonderful

  4. Debbie Beattie

    February 25, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Amazing, a new person. I’m at where u were, keep sabotaging myself thots of you’ll never do it dammmmm

  5. Leontyne Steele

    February 25, 2017 at 5:17 pm

  6. PB Grossman

    February 25, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    So cute!

  7. Michaela MacAleese O'Brien

    February 25, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Awesome job hard work pays off

  8. Joanne Enciso

    February 25, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Wow excellent result, hard work and it paid off, Amazing!

  9. Janet Davies Siegel

    February 25, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Wow!!!!

  10. Bethlyn Lee

    October 6, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Amazing

  11. Elvira Moon

    October 5, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    WONDERFUL

  12. Maryam M. Khan

    October 5, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Sadia Tariq..motivation ..:)

  13. Kathy Washington

    October 5, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Inspirational! Thanks Jamie.

  14. Donna Gray

    October 5, 2014 at 5:52 am

    Gorgeous

  15. MyWorld Djsanji

    October 5, 2014 at 5:19 am

    Yes!!!

  16. Jeremy McDonald

    October 5, 2014 at 4:41 am

    Good job! You look amazing!

  17. Billie Sanders

    October 5, 2014 at 1:04 am

    Awesome

  18. Laura Ann Hicks McAllister

    October 5, 2014 at 12:26 am

    boy i want to do that, i give up too quickly

  19. Joyce Floyd Caudle

    October 4, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    U R AMAZING!!!!!!!!!

  20. Lynn Driggers

    October 4, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Amazing. Looking good

  21. DebRocka LoveZumbatoo Williams-Hangen

    October 4, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Congratulations!!!

  22. Michelle Pollard-Vaughan

    October 4, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    AWESOME

  23. Christi Kurkjian

    October 4, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Great motivation! I need to lose close to the same amount, but w/my bad feet, lower back, knees it is very difficult, but I’m going to do what I can, I’ve got to get this weight off! Thankfully I start physical therapy later this week and I’m going to get myself to the gym to do at least five min. on the treadmill and a few min. on the stationary bike

  24. Melissa Moreno

    October 4, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Awesome

  25. Patricia A Baker

    October 4, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Amazing Jamie!

  26. Patricia Guyton

    October 4, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Wowwww congrats

  27. Shannelle Armstrong Fowler

    October 4, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Loves it! Motivating!!

  28. Chris Sanders

    October 4, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Awesome!! You look great!

  29. Patricia Lawson

    October 4, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Wonderful reflection and tips.

  30. Freda Stevenson

    October 4, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Wow!

  31. Ditching The Diet Diva

    October 4, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    What a transformation. Amazing!

  32. Gentry Fitness

    May 18, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Congrats!!!!!

  33. RX 2 Fitness

    May 18, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Thank you Kat, for sharing my story The Weigh We Were.com ! 🙂

  34. Regina Pinkard

    May 18, 2014 at 5:28 am

    Story was very inspiring,as of today im gonna start out slowly on my change of eating and a moderate exercise program.

  35. Tabby Mclendon

    May 18, 2014 at 3:18 am

    amazing

  36. Jasmine Wheeler

    May 17, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Excellent!

  37. Jacqueline Smith Ames

    May 17, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Congrats!

  38. Jaime Cress

    May 17, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Awesome!!!!

  39. Marguerite Madine

    May 17, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Very inspiring and i can’t wait to get there!

  40. Kizzy Gabriel

    May 17, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Awesome!

  41. Dawn Tighe Grant

    May 17, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Looks great. lots of hard work.

  42. Silvia Loza

    May 17, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    You are a big inspiration I lost 100 LBS and feel grate but my journey is not over .

  43. Maru Guevara

    May 17, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Amazing and Inspiring! You are beautiful! 🙂

  44. Barbara Bonk

    May 17, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Great job

  45. Abby Osborne

    May 17, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Wow. Awesome transformtion story

  46. Angie Barkey

    May 17, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    AWESOME!!!! I love the whole LOOK in the OLD pair of pants. Can’t wait to do that myself.

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