I have had a problem with weight my entire life. I can remember being called “fatso” as early as Kindergarten. I came from a very low income single parent family and I’m sure nutrition was the last thing on my mother’s mind when it came to feeding me and my brother.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE? My weight has affected every aspect of my life at one point or another. I let my weight dictate my life for so long. I have avoided a number of social events and family gatherings because I was so uncomfortable with my body. I let my weight affect my relationships. I was so unhappy with myself that I projected it onto other relationships in my life.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY? My turning point was the day, November 14, 2014, I went to see my doctor for depression. I was getting out of a long term relationship and had completely lost myself. I weighed in that day at 352.4 pounds and knew that something had to change.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? I immediately started by cutting out soda and trying to eat in a manner that I thought was healthy. I initially lost about 25 pounds in the first couple of months and then stood at a standstill for about six months. I joined a brand new gym with my roommate in the spring of 2015, but never step foot inside the gym until the end of June when my free personal training session was about the expire. The trainer that I met with was very realistic about what was going to happen in my life if i didn’t make the changes that I needed to make. After my session I immediately bought a Fitbit and became diligent about getting my 10,000 steps every day, I started a cardio and strength training program, and completely revamped my diet to be high in protein and low in carbohydrates.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS? I immediately started to see results from my weight loss efforts. I had more energy, I started sleeping better, and I my attitude was just much more upbeat and positive. Physically, I started noticing changes about three months after I started working out.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART? The biggest challenge that I’ve had to deal with is losing friends. I had to realize that it’s okay for relationships/friendships to change as you change. I not surround myself with people who support me and encourage me to meet my goals and I do the same for them!
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING? There was never a time that I wanted to give up. When I made my mind up that this was what I was doing I never looked back! Seeing what I have accomplished is what keeps me going! I want to continue to get stronger and better myself as a person.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM? I did hit one big weight loss plateau. This plateau came when I started playing sports and becoming more social again. I over-committed myself and was busy everyday of the week with some kind of sporting event. This cut into my meal prepping time which caused me to slip on my nutrition. I wouldn’t have changed the way this happened though because I learned that I still have to manage my time wisely and that I can’t do everything all the time!
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT? The majority of my weight was lost within 10 months.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES? There are so many non-scale victories! I had a box of skinny clothes and now those are all too big! I can now walk or even run up the steps and not be out of breath! I can fly on a plane and not use a seat belt extender! I can run around and play sports an no longer be the weak player on the team! I am also more outgoing and willing to try new activities for the first time!
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? When I was heavier my diet included 2-4 fast food meals a day, sugary coffee, and soda. Now I eat the majority of my meals at home and they all include fruits and vegetables. Besides fruits and vegetables I also eat a lot of eggs, grilled chicken, and fish. I drink over 100 oz of water and a protein shake everyday. I also enjoy coffee from time to time.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? When I first started working out eleven months ago I could barely walk a 20 minute mile while holding on the treadmill. Now I can run a mile in less than 11 minutes. I have also been able to increase my weight when doing strength training and move better through yoga classes.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Believe in yourself.
- Don’t let one bad meal ruin your whole day.
- Try new things!
- Be honest with yourself. The only person you’re cheating is yourself.
- The prize is in the journey. Appreciate where you were, where you are, and where you’re going.