As far back as the third grade, I remember counting each and every calorie as I wrote in down on paper. At the age of 12, I was attending weekly Weight Watcher’s meetings. When I was 14, I was finally diagnosed with PCOS, an ovarian condition that can play a major role in weight gain and obesity.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE? I was horribly teased in school, to the point where I had close to 100 absences my Freshman year of high school. I was always afraid to go anywhere, in fear that I would be embarrassed to do every day activities.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY? My Freshman year of college was my turning point. I was miserable each day, walking to class, trying to fit in the desks, and finding healthy foods in the dining hall. I decided that I wouldn’t be able to attend my second year in the body I was in. I decided to take the year off from school, and look in to weightless surgery.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? When I was 14, I attended the OWL (Optimum Weight for Life) program at Children’s Hospital in Boston. Despite my efforts, I lost no more than 15 pounds. A doctor in the program even published an article about me in the Clinical Crossroads medical journal in 2012. I will attach the link, should anyone be interested in reading it:
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS? Finally, in December 2015, I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy done at Mass General Hospital in Boston. This is a laparoscopic weight loss surgery that physically removes about 80% of the stomach. I was back to work within 2 weeks and have been continuously losing weight since. On the day of surgery, I weighed 307 pounds. Today, I weigh 184.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART? This is NOT an easy fix. Undergoing a major weight loss surgery that requires immense amount of time and commitment. My story is slightly different because I never has an addiction to food, my weight issue was mainly a physical issue that was corrected with surgery. I do not have cravings for bad foods, and have no issue limiting what I eat and the amount that I eat. I understand that others feel differently, but everyone has their own body that will never be the same as anyone else’s.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING? Sometimes, I feel as if I look no different. I had accepted the way I was before. Seeing before and after pictures, and remembering how uncomfortable I was, has always been my motivation to keep working. It hasn’t been easy, but it’s sure been worth it.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM? Sometimes I hit plateaus, but drinking water and exercising regularly always help me to overcome them.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT? I lost the majority of my weight in under a year.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES? When I was 8, I was a size 12 women’s jean. Now, at the age of 19, I’m fitting in an 8!!!
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? I eat about a fourth of what I used to eat. I try to pick foods that my body will benefit from, verses foods that have little to no nutritional value.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? I am now able to take long walks and hikes without feeling tired. I notice that I enjoy daily activities a lot more than I used to.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Drink enough water.
- Get plenty of exercise.
- Talk to other people who have experienced similar situations.
- Look into weightless surgery if you have a physical condition that hinders your weightless.
- Remember that ANYONE can lose weight. It just takes time and motivation. There is NO “easy” way out.