100 Pounds Lost: With a little faith and a great Partner in Crime even the impossible is possible!
NAME : Deanna
BEFORE WEIGHT : 285
AFTER WEIGHT : 185
POUNDS LOST : 100
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
My whole life has been spent battling my weight, but after the births of my 2 children and having back surgery I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and insulin resistance it seemed I couldn’t lose any weight and kept gaining.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
I hated how I looked. I hated how I felt. I hated that my weight seemed to control me.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
I stepped on the scale and it was 285, even my FAT pants were tight and I was told I would have to start taking insulin shots.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I texted my cousin (who had herself lost weight with diet and exercise) and told her I needed help. She never hesitated and regardless of what dumb exercise scheme I came up with she never told me that I couldn’t do it….she just went along with me.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
It took me 3 years to loose it all. I lost (and kept off) 30 in the first 2 years. I lost the final 70 in 9 months.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
My old self doubt….The fears that I wouldn’t be able to do it….that I would never get the weight off.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
I am lucky that anytime I wanted to give up my cousin refused to let me. She believed in me long after I had lost all faith. I knew that I wanted to be healthy. I knew that I needed my daughter to see that I could be healthy. I wanted off all the medication that was controlling my life.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
At the end of the first 2 years of nothing but diet and exercise I didn’t think I would ever lose another pound. Then I discovered “The 17 Day Diet” and my world drastically changed. I learned that not only the food that I ate, but the time of day mattered. I learned that it is not a DIET that will help you lose weight. ..but a lifestyle you must embrace.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
I had moments where I realized that even though the scales were not moving I was. It was easier to get up and exercise, it was easier to breath, it was easier to say no to crappy food. My clothes fit different and my medications were changing.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I don’t eat pasta, any white bread, crackers , and the only time I eat rice is in sushi. I balance what I eat and try to eat my natural starches before 3 pm. I don’t drink a lot of alcohol and my sugar intake has been drastically cut. I am not on a diet, I made lifestyle changes. It’s not that I can’t eat it…. but that I don’t want to eat it.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I exercise 3 to 6 times a week. I do a boot camp, I do a spin class and I walk/run. I always said that I would NEVER run even if I could. Now I say never say never!
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Eat your processed carbs /Natural starches as part of your breakfast and lunch meals.
- Figure out what time works best for you t exercise and make it a routine.
- Find yourself a Partner in crime. …make yourself accountable. Set goals with them.
- Don’t judge your success on others. Find what works for and motivates you.
- Don’t view a slip/setback as a failure. …just because you fall off your plan today doesn’t mean the whole train has to become derailed.
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