From PCOS Struggle To PCOS Success – My 132 Pound Weight Loss Journey
NAME : Alicia
BEFORE WEIGHT : 321 pounds
AFTER WEIGHT : 189 pounds
POUNDS LOST : 132 pounds
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
When I suffered my first heart break at the young age of 15 years old I turned towards food to numb all the emotions I was going through and to avoid the feelings of loneliness and insecurity. Food quickly became the love that I had lost.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
Weight affected every single aspect of my life from physical movements to the emotional toll that being invisible in this world takes on an obese person. I spent most of my life feeling like every move I made was being judged by the “normal people” world around me. I avoided social events, new experiences and photos at all costs.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
My rock bottom came when I finally felt that I had blown my body up to its capacity and if I didn’t do something fast I would either explode or die. There was no where left for me to go as I was 321 pounds on a small 5’3″ frame. I had moments of complete embarrassment when I almost broke a chair at my cousins wedding, I was stopped by a person at that grocery store and asked what it was like to be an obese person, kids would ask me why I was so huge, did I have a baby in my belly?
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
One of the first steps that I took was to get a referral to a baraiatric specialist for weight loss surgery. The first time I met him he told me to go home and write my story and begin to learn where my weight came from. I learned everything that I could about weight loss surgery as well as the stats on the success of which surgery would work the best for me. I also started to blog about my experience and began to learn so much about the reasons that I ate and how to turn that all around.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
Before you have weight loss surgery you are required to go on a 30 day protein drink diet. For 30 whole days the only thing that I could have were protein drinks or water or coffee and tea. That is it. You could not eat any food. The reason that you have to do this is so that you shrink your liver as the doctor is doing your surgery laparoscopically and they need the space to do so. In the month of only drinking I lost 32 pounds. I was seeing results even before my surgery. I felt fantastic and my head was so clear and not foggy the way that it was when I was eating mostly sugar.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
The challenges that I overcame first and foremost was the challenge of self hatred. I hated what I had become and what I had done to my body. I learned to let go of this hate and instead turn it into the love that I know was feeling for the woman that I was becoming. I was proud of the choices that I was making. I was loving myself including all my flaws and I was enjoying finally being able to be the Alicia that I was always meant to be. I was able to no longer use my sleep apnea machine that was keeping me alive at night. I no longer had type 2 diabetes or PCOS. I was becoming the healthy person that I always wanted to be.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
There are still times that I want to give up but I have learned that I am worth the fight that it takes to be who I am now. I am worth putting in the time and energy and lack of sweets to be this happy, healthy woman I am today.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
With weight loss surgery you lose so much weight at the beginning and then it slows down to such a slow pace that you feel like you are going backwards. I have come to learn that I don’t need to weigh myself daily as you rarely see results in a day and now only weigh in every other week. I have learned that my clothes tell me more than the scale does. I have decided that I am happy where I am and if I lose more that is great and if not I will not punish myself. I am happy in the NOW.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
I lost most of my weight within 6 months and have been maintaining since then.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
My first non-scale victory came the first time I was able to cross my legs. I had never been able to do that since I was a young girl and now at almost 40 years old I could cross my legs like a lady.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
All I wanted to eat was sugar. The sweeter the better. I loved sugary drinks and soda pop and candy and bread and donughts. I enjoyed fast food and I never put a vegetable in my mouth. If it was in a package it was something that I wanted to eat. I had very poor eating habits and I was passing my bad habits onto my children.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
Once 132 pounds has been taken off of your tired body everything becomes so much easier. I could walk for a long time and never feel tired the way that I used to. I eventually ended up doing my very first 5Km foam run with my husband. I could tie my shoes with ease. I could cross my legs, play football with my two sons and enjoy the life I had been missing out on while my weight was holding me back.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Love yourself daily, especially in those times that you feel the worst about yourself. That is when you need it the most.
- Treat each new day with excitement, it will never be the same as the day before.
- “Let food go and let the feelings flow” quote Alicia Hill-Marceau Finally ME!
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