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102 Pounds Lost: Living Healthier Every Day

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NAME : Crystal
BEFORE WEIGHT : 238
AFTER WEIGHT : 136
POUNDS LOST : 102

WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I’ve been overweight almost all my life. In fact, in school I was always the biggest student in my classes. I was pretty lazy as a young teen and had a terrible sweet tooth. So, as a young teen I began to gain weight and it continued into my adult years.

HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
I had no energy, couldn’t walk far or often, I’d get out of breath constantly. I had no interest in changing because I loved my food and television way too much.

WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
My turning point was actually because my husband was scheduled to go into the hospital for a procedure; but before we got there he violently passed out in the passenger seat and no matter how much I shook him and tried to get him to respond he just wouldn’t. Finally I dreadfully decided to check his pulse. All of the sudden my husband jumped up and said, “What is wrong with you?”

I was in utter shock. I had been terrified that I might have lost him, but then suddenly he appeared to be “ok”.

When we got to the hospital I told them of what had happened in the car and they canceled his procedure because they said “His heart had probably stopped for a few minutes”. That was all it took – that scared me sick.

Initially I found myself telling my husband “You need to change your eating habits”, “You need to get healthy”, and etc. However, I knew the reality was that I needed to, as well. I was so freaked out – so that was the turning point for me. That was in May 2011.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
In May 2011, I began by cutting back and watching what I was eating – nothing major – just cutting back. In addition, I used the Wii Fit to get some exercise in.

On June 24, 2011, I joined Weight Watchers because my goal was to “get healthy”; therefore, I decided I wanted to join a plan or group that I thought may provide guidance for the healthy lifestyle I wanted. I started with the points system on Weight Watchers and at the beginning I got 28 points a day and 49 extra points per week. I found the use of the mobile app on my iPhone was a big help because I had NO excuses when I was at work or just out and about. (Years earlier when I had tried to use Weight Watchers I wasn’t successful because I couldn’t do the program “on the go” as easy). Anyway, the second time around of joining Weight Watchers the first thing I willingly gave up was McDonald’s Sweet Tea because it wasn’t worth wasting my points on.

By August 2011, I convinced my husband to let me by a Livestrong elliptical as “our” anniversary gift to each other. (By that time, I had dropped about 15 pounds). I wanted Livestrong because it was yellow and Lance Armstrong was the spokesperson for Livestrong.

Also, around that time I began eating a regular regimen. I generally ate fat-free greek yogurt with fruit and / or honey for breakfast. For lunch, I would eat some type of protein (usually almonds and hardboiled eggs) fresh fruit and fresh, raw vegetables. That was a HUGE step for me because I couldn’t stand veggies – so in the beginning I would eating the veggies with a little ranch or other dressing. At dinner-time I would eat a regular meal with my family. We would try to incorporate a lot of Weight Watchers recipes into our dinner time that way I could eat the same thing my husband and children ate.

HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
Immediately. I think because I loved sweets so much that when I was able to enjoy the sweet, fresh fruit in place of candy and chocolate my body instantly responded to not getting the candy and chocolates.

Also, I found veggies were so filling so I was content and didn’t feel the need to constantly eat.

WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
Probably getting used to exercise or maybe eating veggies.

DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
Not really because I wasn’t trying to lose weight. The only purpose for me was to “get healthy”. So, if I thought for a minute (on a scheduled workout day) – “I don’t want to exercise” all I would have to do is relive those minutes in the car when my husband’s heart probably stopped .. that was all it took!!

DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Since my focus was NOT to lose weight I didn’t realize I hit a weight loss plateau; however, when I changed up my workout routine that put my weight loss into OVERDRIVE (not in an unhealthy way though).

So basically when I began alternating my elliptical with some weights and cross fit moves I began to lose weight again.

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
When I first joined Weight Watchers they recommended that I weight between 107 and 132 lbs. Well, I thought that was insane, so I decided to enter “162” in that field. I started with Weight Watchers June 24, 2011 and lost the first 76 lbs. by October 20, 2012. Over the course of another 449 days I lost the next 26 pounds.

DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
Yes!! My favorites were fitting into clothes that I bought along the way. I’d buy a dress, shirt, or pants and when I’d get home I’d find it didn’t fit me so I would hang them up in my closest and occasionally try them out. I remember fondly when I could get into a pair of leather pants finally that I got an awesome deal on :).

Also, one of my first was fitting into the dress that I married my husband in.

Of course all my workouts on the elliptical could easily be chalked up to an NSV.

WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
It’s been pretty consistent with what I did to lose the weight. Breakfast is usually non-fat greek yogurt with fruit. Lunch is generally fresh fruit, veggies, and lean protein. Dinner is a regular meal that is proportionately measured.

When I was heavier I generally didn’t eat breakfast or lunch. I would eat lots of candy and chocolate throughout the day. Dinner was at least 2 or 3 servings of meat. My family and I didn’t do much with veggies (unless it was mashed potatoes or french fries). And we didn’t buy any fruit – unless it was fruit roll-up’s, but only my children ate those.

HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
Huge difference. Now I am alternating the elliptical, running, weights, and some cross fit moves.

I’ve ran two “official” 5k’s and two 10k’s, as well. That’s something I wouldn’t have thought of years ago.

When I was heavier I did NOT do ANYTHING. In fact, in 2010 I was officially diagnosed with Disc Degenerative Disease at the L5-S1 area and always had terrible back pain. I have overcome that part of my life and I am so grateful. (Don’t get me wrong, I will always have Disc Degenerative Disease in that area of my spine, but with regular exercise & eating right I am now stronger).

MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS

  1. Don’t think of it has a “weight loss” journey. Focus on “getting healthier” and the rest will fall into place.
  2. Drink lots of water. Download an app to track your water intake. I use “water my body”. It tells you how much water to drink based on your weight.
  3. Eat fresh fruit and veggies. Allow yourself to savor the sweetness in the fruit – it will help with a sweet tooth. Veggies keep me full for so long and if I am full then I don’t feel deprived.
  4. Mix up your exercise routine. This not only helps with keeping you from getting bored or burnt out, but also allows you to get past any plateaus. Don’t forget it is “ok” and necessary to get scheduled rest days to allow your body to rejuvenate.
  5. Don’t quit!! You’ll meet your goal if you stick with it.

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Originally posted 2014-05-26 07:57:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

50 Comments

  1. Healthismygame

    February 18, 2017 at 3:01 am

    Thank you, Tracey Utz Velasco!! Hope you are doing well. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Jenny Aber

    February 17, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Kelly – read this

  3. Jolee Hill

    February 17, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Jenny

  4. Joseph Gillen

    February 17, 2017 at 10:09 am

    awesome

  5. Kim Robinson

    February 17, 2017 at 9:56 am

    what a great achievement!

  6. Natalie Lanning

    February 17, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Congrats on changing your eating habits. You look fantastic and I’m sure you feel awesome too!!

  7. Theresa Padovano

    February 17, 2017 at 6:03 am

  8. Theresa Padovano

    February 17, 2017 at 6:03 am

    Congratulations

  9. Alice Buzzell Tolson

    September 1, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Wonderful. An inspiration.

  10. Kirsten Danella Applegate-Walton

    August 31, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Amber Shae Miller

  11. Stacey Barbeau

    August 31, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Love!

  12. Barbara J Fields

    August 31, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Time to get put my Richard Simmons tapes again. They r so
    Much fun.

  13. Dora Johnson

    August 31, 2015 at 11:57 am

    wtg crystal! I’m on my way & i’m not giving up!

  14. Audrey Wheeler

    August 31, 2015 at 11:50 am

    <3

  15. UC

    August 31, 2015 at 10:37 am

    I need to start bt need motivation,plssss.

  16. Shannon Fogarty

    August 31, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Great story and awesome job. Congrats!

  17. Sheila Tashiro

    August 31, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Fantastic job ๐Ÿ™‚ yay! ! ! ! !

  18. Mary Capasso-Newman

    August 31, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Great job ! You look great !

  19. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    August 31, 2015 at 10:15 am

    You look like a totally different person! Great job!

  20. Sandy Berger Kaplan

    August 31, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Beautiful. What an inspiration. Congratulations.

  21. Cecile Edwards M Ed

    August 31, 2015 at 9:59 am

    i was just telling Hubby that i want Wii fit for me and my daughter to use…

  22. Karen

    December 28, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    I know I’m late to read this, but just came across it and my stats are almost identical. 5’2″, started at 248 lbs and want to hit 136, so for me, seeing your before and after pics means a lot. I’m down 79 at the moment and almost into the “overweight” category. You look fantastic and I thank you for the article.

  23. Crystal Estes

    July 26, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Thank you, Michelle ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Sandra Estes

    June 9, 2014 at 9:46 am

    A real role model!!!!

    • Crystal Estes

      July 26, 2014 at 11:45 am

      Thanks Sandy. I appreciate your encouragement and support. ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. maggie

    June 6, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Omg Crystal……what a difference in you externally and internally…you inspire so many people in so many ways..I am blessed to have you as a friend. You are so more a vibrant ray of light than when we first met..God bless you girl..

    • Crystal Estes

      July 26, 2014 at 11:46 am

      Thanks Maggie!! I value our friendship. You are way too sweet and kind. Xoxoxo

  26. Feea Pho

    June 5, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Motivating

    • Crystal Estes

      July 26, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Joy Waite Brown

    June 5, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Awesome thanks for sharing

    • Crystal Estes

      July 26, 2014 at 11:48 am

      I appreciate your comment. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Julie Meldrum Stewart

    June 5, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I get the thought of stating away from the scale but that is the only time I feel that things are working. Even if it is -.2 ounces I feel like it is a success and I think whatever I am doing is working. Does that make sense?

    • Crystal Estes

      July 26, 2014 at 11:50 am

      Julie, it does makes sense. One thing I’ve discovered through my journey is that what works for one person may not work for another. Keep doing what works for you and Don’t QUIT!! Keep it up :).

  29. Georgia M Nygaard

    June 5, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Awesome results!! Congratulations!

    • Crystal Estes

      July 26, 2014 at 11:50 am

      Thank you, Georgia! I appreciate your comments ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. L Griffin Kennedy

    June 5, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Awesome!!!!

    • Crystal Estes

      July 26, 2014 at 11:51 am

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Sally Barnes

    June 5, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Like

  32. Laurel Dopp Giles

    June 5, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    You look fit, trim and HEALTHY! Thanks for sharing, Crystal!!

    • Crystal Estes

      July 26, 2014 at 11:52 am

      Hi Laurel, I feel HEALTHY and that’s an important thing. I strongly believe when you put your focus on “getting healthy” the rest will follow. Thank you for your comment. ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Rebecca Parrish

    June 5, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Wtg!!!!

    • Crystal Estes

      July 26, 2014 at 11:53 am

      Thank you, Rebecca!! It’s been a long journey, but one that has proven to be worth it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Kelly Shaw-Mikel

    June 5, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    AMAZING! !! Well done Crystal!

    • Crystal Estes

      July 26, 2014 at 11:53 am

      Thank you, Kelly! I appreciate you taking the time to read my story. ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Little Teresa

    June 5, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Great job Crystal, I stay away from the scale also, makes me frustrated.

    • Crystal Estes

      July 26, 2014 at 11:54 am

      Little Teresa, do whatever keeps you going (so long as it is safe and legal) :). Thank you for your comment.

  36. Sandra Clark Frazier

    June 5, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Awesome!! I’m inspired!! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Crystal Estes

      July 26, 2014 at 11:55 am

      Sandra, I appreciate the time you took to read my story. I hope it encourages others to get healthy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Michelle Reames

    June 5, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Incredible!

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