10 Pounds Lost: From short and frumpy to petite and strong
NAME : Jo
BEFORE WEIGHT : 126
AFTER WEIGHT : 116
POUNDS LOST : 10
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I used to eat whatever I wanted whenever I wanted until college. Something about hitting around age 22/23 and my body was like … nope, not anymore. You so much as stare at a brownie and we will gain a pound. In college I lived in a dorm with no kitchen. So we had a microwave and a mini fridge. And it all went downhill from there.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
Being overweight, more so, unhealthy at my height (4’10) it took a huge toll on my self esteem. I already had self esteem issues but being heavier than I’d prefer really effected me.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
I decided one day enough was enough. I wasn’t getting any where with what I was currently doing and I needed to change.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I started my journey with beach body. A friend of mine was a coach and she helped me get set up with a program.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
My weight loss has been a rollercoaster of weight loss and weight gain. For a lot time I focused on looking a certain way. I wasn’t focusing on the right things. How I felt and that this is a journey not a destination to some bikini model body.
Once I changed my outlook (which took a few years) everything changed. Now I don’t focus on diets or certain exercise “programs”. I focus each day on trying to be a better me. Each decision wether to workout or eat healthy will help me towards my goals.
I often talk on instagram about how this is a journey. And we need to learn to live as a healthier human being. Not for a week or 12 weeks. Not until our wedding or other big event. To live each day with the mindset as today is the day and I am going to do my best.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
When I first started I hated exercise. And honestly I don’t always like it now. But I love the way it makes me FEEL. So I use that as motivation on the hard days.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
Of course! I got through periods where I am all “gung ho” and excited every day to workout. And I go through periods where eating healthy and exercise are the last thing I want to do. But when the going gets tough I look at my progress pictures and remind myself how far I have come.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
I’m at one now. Just because I wasn’t morbidly obese, doesn’t mean weight loss and changing my body composition has been easy. We all have our own journey. Our own struggle.
Right now I am working on really leaning out. Losing fat and building muscle.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
Off and on 2-3 years
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
Yes!!! These are my favorite!!! I’ve only lost about 10lbs but my body composition is constantly changing!!! I acutely HATE the scale. The scale is just a number. And it isn’t always the most accurate in showing progress. I love love love progress pictures. They tell such a deeper story than the scale!!!
Also, feeling more confident in your clothes is a big bonus!
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
Now I focus on balance. Each decision in each moment of each day can push my forward or pull me back. I try to remind myself that I’m human. And I deserve to not feel deprived. It’s all about balance. 85% healthy 15% fun!
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I am so much more active now! My long term goal is to become a fitness instructor!
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Find the balance that works for you
- You don’t have to be perfect to start you just have to start!
- Progress not perfection — always focus on that
- Throw out your scale! Take progress pictures weekly. Know you are way more than just a silly number!
- Find activities you enjoy. Don’t just settle for any workout
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