125 Pounds Lost: Lost a Whole Person but Gained a Whole New Life
NAME : Ashley
BEFORE WEIGHT : 264
AFTER WEIGHT : 139
POUNDS LOST : 125
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
After I gave birth to my 9 year old twins, my weight started to steadily climb due to depression and unhealthy eating.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
Being overweight was extremely hard physically and emotionally. All of my friends are beautiful thin women (all moms too) with tons of energy…then there was me, “the fat friend”. I could not play with my kids the way that they wanted me to and all of my romantic relationships were very low quality due to my self esteem and laziness. I was also extremely negative. I look back at the way I use to perceive people/situations and it’s very sad.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
There were 2 things that made me finally change my lifestyle. The first was my daughter looking at me and saying, “I want a pretty and thin mommy that can play with me”. The second was my doctor telling me that I was not far from developing heart disease.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I decided to do a little research before I started my new lifestyle. I combined clean eating with exercise. The first six weeks, I completed a sugar detox to give me a jump start and reset my metabolism.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
I started noticing changes within two weeks of changing my lifestyle.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
Diet and exercise is pretty much free (except for the cost of food) however, I didn’t have a lot of support. My sister was my main supporter and she lives 2,000 miles away. We chatted daily and she gave me lots of pep talks. I exercised alone. It was just me and my iPod.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
I NEVER wanted to give up. The one thing that kept me going was the thought of being able to run and play with my kids. When I started to have a moment of doubt, I would imagine myself on a beach in a white string bikini with some handsome man.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
I wouldn’t say that I hit any plateaus but when I had a weekly weigh-in that I didn’t feel good about, I just exercised more and harder.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
It took me 10 months to hit my first goal of 170 pounds. After that, I lost much slower and started lifting weights.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
I had many non-scale victories. My biggest victory was beating my kids at a relay race.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
My diet looks very different today than it ever has. When I was heavy, I ate fast food 5-7 times a week and ate a lot of processed foods. Now, Monday through Friday, I try to follow a clean eating diet and will “cheat” some on the weekends. This journey taught me that I “eat to live” not “live to eat”.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
There is no comparison. When I was heavy, I wouldn’t breathe if it weren’t mandatory. Now, I don’t stop. I am constantly on the go and living a very active lifestyle.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Get rid of all negativity in your life. Whether it be friends, spouses, etc., if they aren’t supportive they need to beat it!
- Give up processed foods and sugar. It is poison and it will kill you.
- Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore, it can be fun. Find activities that you love and that motivate you to stay on track.
- Try not eating after 7pm, at least 5 days per week.
- You have to live a little! One meal a week, eat something that you love. This doesn’t mean go eat an entire pizza but if you want a slice of pizza, have a slice of pizza.
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