114 Pounds Lost: Plump to personal trainer
NAME : Michelle
BEFORE WEIGHT : 296
AFTER WEIGHT : 182
POUNDS LOST : 114
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
My weight began to climb in my pre teen years. Bouncing from home to home as a child of divorce, I ate to comfort myself with all the confusion and mixed feelings.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
As the weight packed on, it became more difficult to participate in fun activities like hiking, playing sports with my brothers and shopping with my ‘regular size’ girlfriends for trendy clothes.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
When my husband and I received our wedding photos in the Fall of 2013 I honestly didn’t recognize myself. At that moment I knew I had to do something to reclaim “me” and bring out the shining star that was within all that fat and sadness.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
Joining the gym for the what seemed like the 100th time! Riding the recumbent bike was about the only cardio I could withstand. I began riding 10 minutes at a time with no resistance. Once I gained enough confidence to lift weights, things really began to change! I started with 3 lb Dumbbells and now deadlift hundreds of pounds at a time!
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
It was very slow at first, but I definately felt better almost instantly. The first 25 pounds took about 5 – 6 months to shed. Once I dialed in the nutritional part, results came much quicker, with 75 pounds coming off in 8 – 9 months.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
In the beginning the exercise seemed like a punishment. Once the endorphins began to kick in, I was addicted to that feeling!
Without having a workout partner, I felt like I was all alone, even though my husband supported my efforts to spend time in the gym.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
YES, I repeatedly wanted to give up! When the scales didn’t move for weeks I would get frustrated. Overcoming that by using the measuring tape to keep track of my inches lost became my saving grace!
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Every couple of months I would either hit a weight loss or weight lifting plateau. Working through those by changing up macronutrients in my dietary intake and changing up my entire worthy training routine usually did the trick.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
Well, I’m not complete with my journey yet….it’s always a work in progress, however the bulk of the weight took about 16 – 18 months to shed.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
Oh my Heavens yes! Seeing the clothes that I used to wear become so big that I could no longer wear them was HUGE for me!
Being able to hike for miles and miles as opposed to walking just 1/4 mile.
Lifting heavy weights to further build my strength and endurance makes me so happy!
Becoming a personal trainer to be able to show others it is possible, at any age or size changed my life by being able to change others!
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
When I was pushing 300 lbs I lived for drive thru and restaurant food.
Now, cooking at home with healthy foods makes my body so much more healthy. Trying new healthy foods and recipes is my reward for a job well done.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
Before my only activist was walking around the short trails to take a few photos.
Now I hike for miles to capture nature through the camera. Running for miles, I not the fastest runner, but I run! Spending at least a hour, or two, in the gym 6 days a week on myself makes me appreciate my life so much more.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Drink your water, not your calories! Those liquid calories add up quick!
- Eat to live, don’t live to eat. Enjoy the healthy foods and what they do for your body.
- Move your body. One step at a time will add up to one mile at a time before you know it.
- Love yourself first. You are worthy of making time just for you. If you don’t love yourself first you can not expect anyone else to love you truly.
- Reward yourself! Set milestones and reward yourself for reaching each one!
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