107.3 Pounds Lost:Back in the Game!
NAME : Deb
BEFORE WEIGHT : 309
AFTER WEIGHT : 201.7
POUNDS LOST : 107.3
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I often feel like I must have developed a weight problem when I was born, but really it started around age 7. I am a survivor of severe sexual, physical, verbal, and mental abuse. One of my coping mechanisms was eating…eating never lets you down. Never hurts you. Never takes away your life. Or so 8-year-old me thought. I’ve since learned otherwise, of course.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
My weight affected every aspect of my life. Grade school (not looking like everyone else, endlessly being made fun of, not being able to participate in or do certain things) to high school (still being made fun of, not being able to run a mile, developing some serious self-hatred that still hangs out from time-to-time, and developing a binge eating disorder) to college (still not having “dealt with” my childhood trauma, my weight allowed me to add binge drinking and other drug problems to my list of addictive behavior) and beyond (still chugging along, but six years clean of drug problems and no longer using alcohol or food to solve my problems).
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
The summer after college I just kept gaining weight. I saw a picture of myself that I should have loved–a picture taken at a lunch date with two of my very best friends–but instead I hated it so, so much. It still took me awhile after that to confront the issues that were holding me back, but that picture was definitely the “turning point” in my brain.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
It wasn’t as though I hadn’t thought about or tried losing weight before, so I picked up where I left off: counting calories and trying to exercise. I eventually found a way of eating called the Ketogenic Diet, and I’ve never looked back. Now I count calories 4-5 days per week, carb cycle one day per week, and workout (lifting, running, volleyball, Zumba, and disc golf, primarily) 6 days per week.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
On a standard “counting calories and working out diet” it took about a month. On keto it took a three days to drop some water weight, and about a week to be down 7 pounds.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
I have some health issues that make my life difficult, primarily a permanently damaged wrist from a car accident I had in early 2014. That accident not only left me with limited use of my right hand, but I gained back about 50 of the pounds I had previously lost (hence the “Back in the Game” title!).
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
Oh, of course. Who doesn’t want to give up sometimes? But a lot of things keep me going… The unending love and support of my family, friends, and co-workers, the amazing family I’ve found online during my weight loss, and myself: I’m my only source of discipline, so it’s really up to me to keep it together.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Yes, in fact, I think I’m at a bit of a plateau right now, but I’m working on changing up my caloric intake to combat it (moving from 1,400 to 1,600 calories). In the past, I’ve changed up my workout routines, calories, types of food I’m eating (cut out dairy, for example) or tried switching my entire diet for 30 days.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
It’s taken me about two years.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
Definitely! Being able to wear different styles of clothes without feeling ridiculous, being comfortable in skinny jeans, seeing someone I haven’t seen for awhile and them not recognizing me, and it being waaay easier to paint my toenails.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
It’s clean and concise and planned ahead of time. I eat low carb, high fat, moderate protein, and I enjoy every bite. When I was heavier, I ate what I wanted, when I wanted, even if I didn’t really enjoy it (because I was binging, or what have you).
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I’m much more active now than I used to be. It took awhile to get to a point where physical activity wasn’t just pure pain because there was so much extra weight on my joints. I used to just walk, and that really did the trick for creating a new habit of exercising. Now I lift, run, Zumba, play volleyball, disc golf…you name it.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Keep Calm, Carry On. If you know you’re doing what you need to be doing, keep at it. Weight loss isn’t as simple as “this will work, it’s working”. It’s sometimes “this will work, I need to keep at it”.
- LoseIt. The LoseIt app is a KEY part of my success and I would be lost without it.
- FITBIT! I am such a Fitbit lover it’s ridiculous. The network of friends is great, having weekly or daily challenges is awesome, and it’s so motivating to have a daily goal to reach every day!
- Tell people what your goals are. It’s harder to skip a workout or eat a cheat meal if there are people around you cheering you on, reminding you what your goals are.
- Get a workout buddy. You don’t have to workout with them every time, but it’s awesome to have a friend to go hiking with, take a Zumba class with, or play disc golf with.
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