165 Pounds Lost: Halving My Size
NAME : Jessica
BEFORE WEIGHT : 327
AFTER WEIGHT : 165
POUNDS LOST : 165
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
Ever since I was little, I was an overweight child. Almost every photograph I have of myself I’m big. From the age of 7, my parents recognised a serious problem developing and started to get me help. I’ve seen various doctors, dietitians, and other health professionals from a young age.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
It seriously affected my ability to make friends, to socialise and do the things that “normal” kids did. I had an abnormal relationship with food, I ate more than all the other kids, I was never full and it was something I always thought about. I never participated in school or sports events. I preferred to stay inside and isolated from everyone else because I was embarrassed by my appearance.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
I had tried and failed repeatedly to lose weight permanently. At the age of 16 I committed seriously to a Jenny Craig diet, losing over 20kg. I became comfortable when I went from around 110kg to under 90, and proceeded to gain that all back and more. Finally reaching 150kg, I was at the point of almost needing to exclusively shop at stores that catered for huge people. I was 18 and the thought of having no life, no friends, no job and not even being able to fit in to “normal” clothes made me severely depressed. I tried everything, and finally started looking into gastric surgery as a last resort option
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I’d reached the end of my options, in my eyes. My aunt had undergone the gastric band procedure and at the time had incredible results. She was someone who had the same terrible addiction to food, and the same bad attitude towards exercise. I thought if she could turn her life around like that, then so could I.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
After my gastric sleeve procedure, I began long distance walking. Being so heavy, I found it hard to exercise, so walking was my real saviour. I didn’t notice any physical changes until I’d lost about 30kg.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
I used to be extremely lazy. I used to even get mad if my parents parked too far from the doors at a shopping centre. I had a very serious addiction to chocolate, to the point of consuming several family size blocks a day. Learning to stop the binge eating and learn to enjoy exercise was one of the toughest parts.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
I did, but they were only fleeting feelings. I knew that I had absolutely zero options after having weight loss surgery, so I HAD to make it work, regardless of how I felt.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
I did, several times. I have just had to continually change my diet and exercise routines. Exercise and good eating are amazing, but also at times challenging. The thing that makes me successful is changing up my routines to keep them exciting and fresh.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
I lost the majority of my weight in the first year. It has just taken this 5 years afterwards to learn how to live. To make this a lifestyle and lifelong commitment instead of a “diet”
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
constant NSV’s. I stopped weighing myself a long time ago, especially when I change up my routines. If I focus on a weights routine I’m going to be heavier than when I’m running training. My biggest one would be when my dad used to take me riding on the back of his motorbike. It was something I did from a very early age, and my weight stopped me from doing that for years. I was finally able to ride with him again, and that made me incredibly happy.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I have a very structured routine, and living alone helps me reach my goals, as I have no other outside influences. These days I start the day with green juices and fruit, vegetable snacks throughout the day, tuna for lunch, a chicken salad for dinner and a protein bar and fruit for dinner. When I was bigger, I used to eat relatively normal meals, except in enormous portions and I used to binge eat junk food to the point of sickness.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I used to do literally no exercise.
Now that I do exercise, I have in my routine (things I do regularly and have tried on rotation) Crossfit, Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Bootcamp, Running, Lap Swimming, Indoor Rock Climbing, Hiking, Bushwalking, Trampolining, and any other new challenges I can take on.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Keep your routines interesting. I didn’t hold a normal gym membership for the first 4 years of my weight loss. I ran, did squats/lunges and yoga in my loungeroom and utilised streets, parks and hills around me. Don’t let lack of money be a deterrent.
- Learn to live a lifestyle and not a diet. Have days off your eating and exercise routine. This is a LONG TERM commitment.
- Don’t beat yourself up over bad days or slip ups. You’re in this for the long haul, pick yourself up.
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