It started when I got comfortable with my ex husband and his bad eating habits. I didn’t think anything about slamming a bag of Doritos and Cheetos along with some Ramon noodles and a diet Dr.Pepper and he never said anything to me about my weight gain.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE? I was mortified to run or exercise in public or try on clothes because I knew it would end up in tears and shame.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY? So I got into a car accident that should have killed me and my grandmother. My ex was in jail and I saw that a second chance and a way out. I also have a family history of heart attacks, diabetes, and the worst of the worst cancer. I knew I was gaining diabetes. I was losing the feeling in my finger tips and toes. I couldn’t breath just walking across the floor. I knew I had a problem and I got tired of crying in dressing rooms. I knew it was time for a change.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? So I started walking. I knew it was going to be a challenge because I lived out in the country on a gravel road. But I was ready for a challenge so I started walking and walking turned into trotting and the next thing I knew I was sprinting yes sprinting on a gravel road this is stuff that Spartans do during Spartan race training. I was so proud of myself. I also knew I was going to have to get in the kitchen and make some changes. So I picked up magazines and books and started reading about chemicals found and food and what it does for the body and some of the chemicals we take in is unbelievable!
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS? Probably 3 months in I finally started seeing myself losing weight and fitting into clothes that used to be too small that I had held onto. Also I didn’t have a scale so I had to learn to pay attention to my body to see what I needed to work on. Note to self the scale is the devil lol.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART? So my biggest challenge is body dismorphia. I still see myself as a big girl but when people see me they are like you have to be kidding or now when I try on clothes I still grab big clothes to try on as a back up when I really don’t have to.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING? My family kept me motivated. My dad’s only sister, brother, and father all died of heart attacks, my mom’s mom has cancer, and dieabies, her dad had strokes, heart attacks, and cancer. I saw that as a learning experience and I didn’t want to be a family statistic. I knew I can be the point of change in my family.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM? I did and I over came them from resetting my goals and changing up my workouts. The body needs change.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT? Around 4 years.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES? Yes! So I was finally able to fit into clothes that I would only dream of wearing. The first time I actually saw myself in Hollister clothes and they actually fit and not busting out of them, I cried hard happy tears. To the point where people had to check in on me. Also I was able to run without stopping for a 5k. That felt so amazing. I had never felt so proud that body was actually able to run that long. I wasn’t even able to do that in high school.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? I would eat a family sized can of mini beef ravioli with half a bag of crushed Doritos and whatever was left over that Doritos did soak up I would use Cheetos to get the rest of that sauce. I also was a huge cup cake fan and my nickname was cuppy cakes.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? I hate skipping my workouts. I create my whole day around my fitness vs. when I was bigger I had to drag myself to workout and I couldn’t stand to be out running and someone maybe talking about me.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Don’t put all your focus in the gym put a majority of your focus into what your taking into your body.
- Read your food labels. You will be shocked the chemicals your putting into your body. If you can’t read it or don’t know what it is then don’t put it in to your body.
- Have veggies be the majority of your plate.
- Keep a long term goal and little mini goals. My long term goal is to keep my heart healthy. Short term goal a Spartan, Beachbody ready, goals that I know I can obtain in a short amount of time and it won’t hurt my self esteem if I don’t make it.