NAME : Jessica
BEFORE WEIGHT : 297
AFTER WEIGHT : 194
POUNDS LOST : 103
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I’ve always had an unhealthy love for unhealthy food, but was always active enough in sports that I could eat whatever I wanted and never worry about gaining weight. When I stopped the sports, the weight packed on immediately to the tune of about 30 lbs in less than 4 months. Over the next 10 years, I had 3 kids and my weight fluctuated a little, but mostly just went up except when I would try whatever fad diet was popular at the time. I eventually had gained about 130 lbs in 12 years.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
Before gaining weight I used to love being outside. Canoeing, horseback riding, fishing, and swimming. After gaining it all, I tried to not let it affect me much, but obviously couldn’t ride horses or ride in a canoe. as much as my husband assured me I was beautiful, it was hard to not compare myself with other women. I didn’t play with my kids as much as I wanted to because I didn’t have the energy.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
I signed up for a weight loss challenge in October 2015 that was supposed to go from January 4, 2016 to the beginning of April. I was determined to win it. Unfortunately, I broke my ankle on Christmas Eve so I couldn’t work out. I had pumped myself up so much for that challenge that I was so disappointed. But I didn’t let it get me down for too long.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
Even though I knew that winning the challenge was probably not going to happen, I took the 6 weeks of wearing a boot to train myself how to eat. I tracked calories on an app and bought a step tracker to develop a base. I was ready for the boot to come off.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
I lost 10 lbs per month very consistently during the first 9 months. The last 3 months have been much harder, but I’m not desperate anymore and am comfortable in my skin so I don’t stress out about the last 20 lbs too much. They’ll come off steadily.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
TIME was my biggest obstacle! I have 3 kids, a full time job, and love 30 miles from work. Obviously spending time with my kids is a priority, so I have to MAKE time by running at 4 am or 9 pm. If you want to be healthy more than you want to sleep an extra hour, you’ll make it happen. I got rid of all of my excuses.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
There have been plateaus sprinkled through my journey, especially around the holidays, but I just took them in stride. As long as I didn’t gain much back, I didn’t worry too much about them.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
To lose 100 lbs it took me 12 months – all of 2016.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
Running my first half marathon in 2 hours and 13 minutes was incredible.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
My eating habits before I lost the weight were basically whatever I wanted. I was completely addicted to sweets, loved fast food, and loved just eating out in general.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
With a broken ankle, I couldn’t work out. Once I got the boot off, I started walking during my lunch breaks at work. After several months of that, I started running a little, though I have always hated running. I mentioned to a friend (who loves running) that I was running a little and she talked me into signing up for a HALF MARATHON 5 months in advance of it. I couldn’t even run a half of a mile when I started. How was I going to run 13.1? I did it, and now am completely in love. I am signed up for 3 half marathons and 4 10k’s in 2017. My goal is to run 1000 miles in 2017. Fat me would have called me insane.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- I get my workout clothes ready at night and make sure my playlist is perfect before I go to bed.
- I made a spreadsheet of weights and a goal date to reach that weight (every 5 lbs). I got the biggest kick out of writing my weight down on that silly spreadsheet and the date I reached that weight. I still have it and look at it.
- Lots of pictures. I didn’t do this at first because I was so embarrassed but seeing those pictures kept me motivated.
- I pray the rosary the first 18 minutes of my runs. It helps me focus and dedicate my run to something. After praying, I have a super fun and quirky playlist.
- When I started, I pulled a bunch of inspiring quotes off of the Internet. From Bible verses to funny sayings to goals, I typed them out, printed them off, cut them into individual strips of paper, and put them in a little container. Every morning I would pick a strip of paper and that saying became my “reason” for the day. Whenever I felt tempted by food I should’t eat I would repeat my reason to myself.