70 Pounds Lost: Searching for overall health
NAME : April
BEFORE WEIGHT : 195
AFTER WEIGHT : 125
POUNDS LOST : 70
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I became overweight when I was as a teenager. My parents did the best they could but didn’t fully understand how to prepare balanced healthy meals, we ate too many processed premade meals, & I would pick unhealthy options if given the choice.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
Due to my weight, I was very self conscious as a teen and young adult. I didn’t feel worthy of any positive attention. I felt ugly and fat most days. At my heaviest I would dread going out to social events because I didn’t want people to see how far my weight had gotten out of control.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
My father had vey unexpectedly passed. I had gained 50 pounds in the couple years following his death, dealing with the grief of loosing him. He died due to his poor health and obesity. I went to mybyearly doctor appointment and was shocked to see that number on the scale and to hear my elevated lab values. I realized I was going down my dad’s path and I couldn’t leave my children early too. If I didn’t change I could die from complications of being obese.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I started eating clean and using daily home workouts. I researched everything I could and read every ingredient label. I eliminated processed foods and artificial ingredients.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
I lost 6 lbs the first week on my program. I saw steady results each week. I lost a total of 70 lbs in less than 9 months.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
I hated “change” at first because I’m a creature of habit. I had to change my routine and how I ate at home and when I would go out. I have thyroid issues and had it removed in 2014. Regulating my thyroid medication and trying to lose weight can be difficult but it’s not impossible. The biggest obstacle came from friends and family making fun of my new lifestyle and the big changes that I was going through. They never called me fat when I was heavier but after starting to lose weight I was mocked constantly for being “skinny” and made fun of for my daily choices with food and exercise.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
I want to give up often. I know I can’t. My family is what keeps me going. I can’t look at my children and tell them that they’re not worth it. They deserve a healthy mom. I also have a very supportive group of “coach sisters” I’ve gained on this journey and they help keep me inspired and encouraged daily.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
I hit 2 weight loss plateaus during my journey. One was a 2 months into my lifestyle change, and I decided I actually liked workouts and started doubling up on them daily. I didn’t add any extra calories and my body didn’t like that. I stopped losing weight and made myself go into too much of a calorie deficit. I pulled back on the extra workouts and overcame that plateau. The next plateau was after about 5 months into my journey. I reached out to my health coach and she told me about Shakeology. I incorporated it into my daily routine and the supplements inside it helped me round out my nutrition better and go on to lose an additional 20 pounds. I have been successful since those plateaus and constantly change things up to maintain my weight loss.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
I lost 70 lbs in 9 months. The first 50 came off in about 5 months and the last 20 were a little slower.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
I had so many nonscale victories along the way I lost count! The two best were when I could actually wear tall boots in my closet. My husband has a boot store and I could never wear the tall boots because of my calves. Another NSV was going to a trampoline park with my children and being confident and fit enough to jump in the trampolines with them. Another NSV was when I finally went shopping for jeans after losing a lot of weight and my “skinny jeans” that had been in the back of my closet since college got too big. When I started trying on the new jeans I had to keep asking for smaller and smaller sizes because I couldn’t believe I was in a size 2!
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
As a child I ate anything I wanted. As an adult I took a nutrition class in nursing school and learned about what goes into our foods. I started trying to make a few better choices and learned to cook a little healthier. That didn’t change the fact that I was adfict d to sugary unhealthy snacks and ate them too often and the wrong times. I’m an emotional eater and will binge eat if I let my stress get the best of me. My weight gain over the years mainly came from this unhealthy habit.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I hated working out in the beginning. I would dread it the first week or two. I was sore and didn’t want to keep going but I did. Eventually, something clicked and I began to look at exercise less of a chore but simply a daily self care task. Exercise is just like brushing my teeth or bathing. Exercise is a necessary part of my day to fully take care of my body.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- I sleep in my workout clothes and put my alarm across the room. I have to get up to turn off my alarm and then I’m already dressed to workout. It helps me get it done quicker.
- I set health goals and rewarded myself with new workout clothes when I would reach them.
- I meal prep every week so I have healthy meals ready and I don’t make bad choices.
- I always have food in my purse! A healthy snack can save the day if you’re enexpectedly prevented from eating your meal on time.
- I try new food often. The more healthy foods and recipes I have the more successful I’ll be and won’t get bored.