I think there was always the potential of being overweight. Although I didn’t get “fat” until 20 or so, I was always bigger than my peers. My weight fluctuated all my life.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE? Being overweight affected my dating life. I wasn’t comfortable in my own skin. I passed on relationships and friendships. I buried myself in my job and missed out opportunities in life.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY? I had gone up and down many times, but when I hit 40, trying to workout was harder than ever. After going to the doctor, I was told I needed to go on blood pressure meds and had a blocked artery. I didn’t want to be on the meds, so I worked harder than ever before to change my life.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? I spent 2-3 hours in the gym daily. Tons of cardio. I weighed myself daily and set a goal of losing 10lbs a month. It worked for the longest.
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HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS? I began to see results the first month. The weight drops of quickly the heavier you are!
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART? The biggest challenge that I still face is eating smaller portions and keeping myself from emotional eating. The food is 80-90% of the journey.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING? I found myself wanting to give up after I had skin removal surgery and ended up with a blood clot. I thought, all this work to get healthy and now I have to take blood clotting meds for life. This also made a difference in how much vitamin K I could take in. So I wasn’t able to eat as many green veggies. What keeps me going is that I have a lot of people who look up to me and use my story as inspiration. Also, I don’t want to be another overweight person in my family. So I keep fighting the battle to stay fit!
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM? I hit many plateaus. I started working out harder, meal planning, and cut certain foods out to get through it. I never gave up even if the scale stayed the same for months.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT? It took 2 years to lose most of it.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES? Non scale victories including gettng off high blood pressure meds, adding more vegetables to my diet, developing strength and endurance. I accept my body is not meant to be skinny. Originally, I had lost 128lbs. But gained some back because that lower weight was too hard to maintain.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? I eat 6 small meals a day. No red meat. Very little dairy. Tons of protein and a variety of veggies. Before I ate a lot of fast food, red meat and starches. Hardly ever ate vegetables. I read labels constantly now!
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? I workout most days of the week. I do weights 3-4 times a week. I used to be worried it would make me bulky! I can last an hour plus in the gym. When I was heavy, the thought of working out during vacation was insane. Now my hotel must have a gym!
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- 1. Keep a log of what you eat. I hate it too, but it really truly works. You don’t realize how much or how little you eat until you keep notes. Use an app that calculates fat, calories, pritein, and carbs.
- Don’t give up or make excuses. You must change your eating habits and start working out. See it as a priority and be patient and consistent. The results will come.
- Switch up your workouts. Try different things and different paces. Keep your body guessing. And be open with your food too. Try new foods and old ones as well. Taste buds change over time. Read those food labels. Know what is going into your body and how it helps or harms you.
- Get plenty of rest. Understand that rest is part of the process and the less rest you get, the less results you will see.
- Seek others as inspuration, but only compete with yourself. Beat your own time, break your own records. Shape your body into it’s best look, not someone else’s.
Understand that you have to change your lifestyle to be successful at this. From the inside out.