154 Pounds Lost: I finally stopped wishing for a better life and started making myself one
NAME : Andreanna
BEFORE WEIGHT : 330+
AFTER WEIGHT : 180ish
POUNDS LOST : 154
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
From childhood I was always chubby, then overweight, and continued to gain weight through high school. After my first child I became morbidly obese, and climbed to over 330 lbs after my second child was born.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
I’ve always struggled with depression, anxiety, and low self esteem. As the weight piled on my issues intensified and I gave up, I was just waiting to die.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
I finally looked at myself in the mirror after having an emotional break down and said what are you doing?! You are not stupid but you are being a complete idiot, you’re doing this to yourself, and you’re the only one who can un do it. I decided that instant to make changes.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I threw away all the junk, I went cold turkey off of fast food, sweets, pastries, everything I was using to binge and emotional eat with, done. I went bare bones on food, no oil, no added salt, nothing over processed, low carb, low fat, etc and tracked every single bite that I put in my body. I knew that i needed to take it one step at time to remain successful, so after about 4-5 months of that when I started to feel in control of my food I added the gym 5-6 days a week.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
I saw results the first week, because I was going from eating 3000+ calories to about 1500-1800. I was giving my body the ability to process food instead of overloading it, and using fuel it could easily process.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
The biggest challenge I had to overcome was myself. That didn’t happen overnight, it took me about 18 months to finally conquer my self doubt and self hate, and during that time it was just putting one foot in front of the other and trusting that forward motion to get me to a new place in my journey everyday. That process of building a healthy relationship with myself was all I focused on, and it left no room to care about what anyone else had to say, and left me with zero excuses for things being too expensive or not having enough time.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
What kept me going in the beginning was the results, what keeps me going is knowing that I can do just about anything if I give myself a chance, and I love being able to live freely without physical restrictions.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
I stopped losing weight around 175 lbs last year, I stayed at that number for almost a year BUT my body composition changed drastically. I pay very little attention to the scale now, and use my clothes, strength, and endurance as guide to what I need to be fueling my body with.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
I lost 154 lbs in about 16 months.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
Too many to count! Fitting in a booth at a restaurant, no longer having to shop at plus size stores, having a healthy relationship with food, attending all events/outings/amusement parks because I was no longer afraid of weight restrictions or just putting myself in a potentially embarrassing situation. This list could go on for while!
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I was eating a super sized fast food meal AT LEAST once a day, plus donuts/cookies/candy/ice cream, chips/junk snacks/pizza. Now I eat 4-6 times a day, as balanced and clean as possible, and I go on cycles of tracking my food.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I was completely sedentary, only moving to drop off and pick up the kids, and to get out and buy my junk food. Now I workout an hour a day 5-6 days a week, and take as many opportunities to get out and moving as I possibly can.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Just start. Don’t wait for perfect circumstances, life is never going to be set up like dominoes, you just have to start kicking those things down and make them move forward.
- When you doubt yourself, because you inevitably will, trust the process.
- Stay adaptable. When you find something that works, great! But as your body/metabolism changes your needs will change with it. Always find new ways to fuel and challenge it! What I do now is COMPLETELY different from what I started doing.
- Take one step at a time. I knew that I needed to get my mind and food under control before I overwhelmed myself with added physical activity, and I accepted that taking my time was ok, because I was fianlly making this a lifestyle change, not a quick fix.
- Find your own way. What worked/works for me isn’t necessarily going to work for you. Take information from different places, apply it to yourself, keep what works and ditch what doesn’t. We all share the goal to be healthy, but we don’t always share how we get there or stay there.
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