Real Weight Loss Success Stories: Janet Lost 130 Pounds And Took Back Her Life
NAME : Janet
BEFORE WEIGHT : 310
AFTER WEIGHT : 180
POUNDS LOST : 130
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I was underweight when I met my husband and struggling to lose more. It was out of control. Then I got pregnant with our first child and gave my self the go-ahead to eat as much as I pleased. Too soon THAT also got out of control. We had our second child very soon after the first and before I knew it I was 200 pounds and still gaining.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
My self esteem went down as my weight went up. I enjoyed being a mom to our kids ( we have 5 ) but was ashamed to be seen at the school because the other kids would make fun of them for having a fat mom. I couldn’t imagine what my husband could see in me and became jealous of every woman he so much as spoke to. I would get of breath so easily that I hated to move any more than I had to.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
One night, my husband asked me if I would go downstairs and make sure his work shirt was dry for morning. I didn’t want to do it – not because I was tired but because I knew if I went back downstairs I would eat again. I did. I had Pringles and a whole bag of chocolates. They were AWESOME together. But I cried the whole time because I finally realized I had a real problem. I could no longer control my eating.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I logged on to SparkPeople.com. I had an account with them I hadn’t ever really used, but I was desperate. The support and ideas I found there were phenomenal.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
I gave up full calorie soda and started taking daily walks and lost about 7 pounds in the first week !
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
I had to have the courage to tell my husband that even though I knew he would worry I was going to go walking and hiking. He always feared I would have a heart attack or be the victim of some attacker or any number of terrible fates. I hated to worry him but as I told him if I didn’t change things I was literally going to die.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
I had times when I would see people eating things and just cry because for a long time I couldn’t have “just one” or ” just a bite”. Seeing my progress and not wanting to backtrack kept me going. The support of family and friends was huge. Wanting to be strong enough to go hiking with my Dad was a big motivator. (My Dad is nearly 70 and still climbs mountains).
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
I have hit plateaus and they are SO frustrating. But changing things up with new foods and exercises usually does the trick, and I tell myself as long as I’m not gaining its still a win.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
I lost the majority of it in the first year.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
Climbing Cardigan Mountain and Okemos Mountain with my Dad.
Running my first 5k the Saturday after Thanksgiving this year.
Being able to borrow my oldest daughter’s clothes.
Inspiring my brother to work on his weight.
Just too many blessings to count….
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
Portion control! It’s a huge factor in my success. I also eat far more fruits and vegetables than ever before and actually enjoy them.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I can move and it feels so good. I’m learning to love my body. I get some form of movement in every day. No excuses, no exceptions.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Track your food. There are tons of free trackers out there. Just a simple notebook will do in a pinch. I can almost guarantee you are eating more than you realize
- Portion Control. A serving size is NOT what the restaurants would have you believe. Check the recommended serving size on the package. Invest in an inexpensive food scale and some measuring cups. You don’t have to measure everything forever. Just long enough to reset your mindset about how much us enough…
- Keep going. If you have a bad day and make lousy choices it’s not the end of everything. Don’t start again next week, start NOW. Get up and dump the rest of those candies and chips and go for a walk. Even if it’s just a few trips up and down the stairs. You will feel SO MUCH better.
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