Real Weight Loss Success Stories: Natalie Dropped 100 Pounds Despite Her Lupus
NAME : Natalie
BEFORE WEIGHT : 218
AFTER WEIGHT : 118
POUNDS LOST : 100
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
Despite having Lupus and Mixed Connective Tissue Disorder, I LOST WEIGHT! I have to take prednisone and plaquenil, I still lost weight on Weight watchers! Despite being in the hospital for kidney issues, I tracked with my Weight Watchers Mobile App and STILL LOST! In 2007 ,while pregnant with my 3rd son, I went from 140 to 218lbs. My spleen became enlarged and had to take prednisone at high doses. They took my son 3 weeks early but i was left with alot of weight! I lost some weight with just doing what i learned when i did weight watchers after my 2nd son was born and lost 51 lbs doing Zumba. I then plateaued and Cleveland Clinic doctor said that I should try The New Weight Watchers 360. I joined and have lost additional 49lbs hitting 100lbs lost ! I have maintained my loss for a year now! I still Zumba, walk, swim, and attend Weight watcher meetings!
I also embrace that weightloss is a life style change! I also live by the fact that Sweat is Fat crying because you just punched it in the face!THANK U WEIGHT WATCHERS, ZUMBA FITNESS, and Inspiring friends on the Weigh We Were fanpage!
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
I hid from pictures! I hated clothes shopping! I hated getting dressed to go out with friends
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
I saw a picture if me that my parents took! I cried and decided to make a change!
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I started with walking because I felt too fat to go to the gym! I had to get over that thought to try Zumba! Remember fat ir skinny, everyone at the gym is there to workout!
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
After two and a half weeks I lost 6 lbs! I took six pounds of meat out of my freezer so that i could visually see how much six pounds actually was!
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
My lupus partners with a mixed connective tissue disorder, polymyositis, degenerative joint disease in my L4-S1 disks, osteopenia, and fevers! It is like having the aches and fatigue of the flu without having the flu! My youngest son is autistic and stays up for nights on end that wears on me.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
Yes i wanted to say “screw it I am what I am” but the other side said ” you will feel better if you eat right and exercise”
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Yes anytime I wind up in the hospital, I wind up on prednisone! It plateaus your weight but i remember that it can still be overcome
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
I was elected to the Summit County Central Committee as Precinct Leader for ward 5-E! It was cool to see my name on the voting ballot!
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I wasnt eating bad things before I just was eating the wrong times. I ate most of my calories at night instead of the day! I changed that and stopped eating double portions!
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I am more fit then I have ever been! I walk, zumba, hiphop, swim, and just keep moving!
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- EAT BREAKFAST! Within the first hour of being awake
- Be kind to yourself! Realize that this is a lifestyle change! If you mess up you can try again
- Realize that changing your diet doesn’t mean doing without! Your diet is any food that goes into your mouth! I had to explain to my kids I am not on a diet! I explained that the dog and cat food are their Diet. Diet is what you eat not what you don’t
- EXERCISE! Start with taking the stairs at work instead of elevator, walk around during tv commercials, try to get 10,000 steps a day! Purchase a pedometer
- Remember that it took time to put weight on it takes time to take it off! Don’t buy into weightliss pills, hydroxycut, etc. most of those things are caffeine and are harmful
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