217 Pounds Lost: From Victim to Victory!
NAME : Kim
BEFORE WEIGHT : over 450
AFTER WEIGHT : 233
POUNDS LOST : 217
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I have had a weight problem ever since I can remember. I struggled with my weight my whole life. I had a very hard growing up life. My parents divorced when I was very young and my mom remarried. The home life was pretty difficult and I was shuffled between my birth fathers and my moms house every other weekend. I remember turning to food for comfort.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
My weight affected every aspect of my life. I could barely take a few steps and I was out of breath. My kids are who missed out the most. I remember my oldest son coming home so happy about a field trip his class was going on. He wanted me to go so badly, I said aren’t you embarrassed of your mom. He said no , it crushed me to tell him I couldn’t fit on the school bus. I will never forget his face at that moment. My family had to clean and do mostly all of the house chores because I just couldn’t do it. I was just sitting in the recliner slowly killing myself with food. I missed out on so many family events because of the weight.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
I had a few turning points at different times along this journey. My first one was when I had to go to the doctors for an ear infection. I stepped up on the clinics scale. You know the ones with the 2 weights. The top one they slung all the way over to the end and the bar didn’t budge. The second weight the nurse started moving down the bar all the way to the end and the bar didn’t budge. The nurse wrote something down in my file, I stood there so humiliated. The scale only went up to 450, so I didn’t know my exact weight. That was the start to this amazing journey.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I started eating lean cuisines breakfast, lunch and dinner. Not the best way to approach it but when your desperate you do crazy things lol. I then was stuck at 380 for a very long time and I knew I had to do something else. My mom told me to start Weight Watchers. So I did and that helped me understand I was starving myself with my lean cuisine diet. I probably was only getting 900 calories a day. Which is why my weight stopped moving. I then lost 100 more pounds in the first yr. of weight watchers. I fell off my diet for quite a few yrs. and found myself back at 380. It scared me I was almost back to the 400s again. I struggled trying to find my way back to losing what I gained again. I fluctuated between 340 and 380 for a long time. Three yrs. ago I found the app for my smart phone my fitness pal. It is the best weight loss program for me. It makes me free to eat out anywhere and keeps me accountable. I have not given up since. I still have a ways to go. My goal is to be at 150, I currently weigh 233. I am just enjoying life again. I am taking my two boys to six flags this summer to celebrate my weight loss and make up for some mommy time they lost along the way. Can’t Wait!
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
I had to overcome many mental blocks. I had a lot of hurt from my growing up yrs. and adult yrs. from my family that I had to overcome. I had a lot of forgiving to do. I had to learn boundaries for my life. What people are allowed to do to me and say to me from that point on. I got very strong mentally and then I had to retrain the negative talk in my mind. I thank God for my husband and kids always being my side through it all. They are my biggest strength in this journey.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
I back slid a few times during this weight loss journey. What kept me going was knowing I was going to die young if I kept going down the road I was on. All of my fathers side of the family had type 2 diabetes. I never met my grandmother because she died of obesity and complications to diabetes. My grandfather lost limbs and died young due to diabetes. I lost my Aunt to diabetes and my father. All of them passed away due to complications of weight and diabetes before the age of 60. I did not want to be next.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
I have hit many Plateaus along the way. At first I would get mad and take a few days and over eat. Thinking that would jolt my metabolism into losing again. I did this with 2 of my plateaus and then realized, this is the bad eating habits that got you here in the first place. Then my last plateau lasted 3 months. I decided to handle it differently. I started focusing on my non scale victories. Then decided it was time for exercise and started walking. That got the scale moving again. I am so thankful for the plateaus now because I always had mental stuff to work through during them. It made me stronger. It made me deal with my weight the right way.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
I started this journey in 2000 and it is now 2015. It has been a very long road for me. But I’m emotionally where I need to be now and I am so thankful for that. I have lost 122 lbs. this past yr. and 1/2. I have lost over 217 pounds from my highest weight.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
I have had many non-scale victories. From inches being lost when the weight wont move to moving my seat up in my car because I cant reach the petals. There is always a non-scale victory to be proud of, I just keep looking for them. Especially when I’m in a plateau!
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
My diet has changed dramatically. I used to eat fast food all the time. I would eat huge portion sizes and double everything. If I was making cheese burgers then I would eat 2. If I was eating out I would order 2 meal deals. Everything was in 2’s. Now I eat no processed foods, I eat only chicken, and turkey, no red meats. I buy all organic fruits and vegetables. If I crave something, I make the healthy version of it. I no longer eat out at fast food , unless it is chipotle. I eat everything in moderation now, no more supersize me life.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I didn’t do any physical activity when I was at my biggest weight. I did a little walking during the process on and off nothing steady.These past 6 months have changed me forever. I hit a 3 month plateau and was not going to revert back to overeating to get the scale moving. So I took up walking on a treadmill. That turned into jogging /walking. Then I took to the street. I now jog/walk 4 miles a day. I also joined a gym and took up a weight lifting class called body pump, which I love. I just signed up for my very first 5k run called color vibe. I am so excited to be able to do this, it still shocks me. I will be signing up for the diabetes run soon as they come to my hometown. That one is near and dear to my heart.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Never ever look at how much you have to lose to reach goal. Make small weight loss goals at a time. Celebrate them when you achieve them. Bubble bath, a new outfit etc.
- If you cheat on your diet don’t be hard on yourself. Get back on track, forgive yourself, learn from it.
- Be strong don’t let others talk you into a food choice you don’t want to have. Example: It’s only one bite it wont hurt you. Or one day off of your diet wont kill you. You are in control of what goes in your mouth nobody else is.
- Have a specific workout time that works best for you and stick to it. Make it a priority! Tell all family and friends this is when I will be working out so please call me before or after this time.
- Plateaus are a natural part of losing weight. Don’t give up during them. Look at non scale victories during that time.
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