When I was younger I played softball for years. It was my passion; a passion that ended up in injury. After my doctor told me that I was no longer allowed to play, I became lazy. This laziness resulted in depression and 100 extra pounds.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE? Gaining 100 pounds really limited every aspect of my life. I was no longer confident in myself and was constantly reminding myself how I was not good enough. I told myself that I was not good enough to hang out with friends, do anything that involved exercise, or to love myself.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY? The turning point in my weight loss journey did not come until after my first year of college. I saw everyone doing more than me. I saw everyone having the life that I could have, but was holding myself back from. College forced me to do a lot of uncomfortable things, but it was the push that I needed.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? After learning that no one can love me like I could love myself, I started pushing myself to be a better me. I begin going to the gym almost daily and slowly made changes to my diet. I’m still not sure which was harder to achieve, but u finally got to a point to where I realized that treating myself was an apple with some peanut butter instead of an entire batch of cookies.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS? I almost saw results instantly after I decide that enough was enough. My energy was better, my skin was clearer, and that sleep that I was loosing every night seemed to improve. After a month of exercise 6 days a week and daily clean eating, I saw the pounds and inches drop before my eyes. Sticking this out has been the best thing I have ever done for myself.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART? I still have many challenges that I have yet to overcome, but I think one of the biggest thing I have conquered is knowing that I AM good enough. I am good enough to put in the extra effort for myself.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING? There are days when I feel like I would rather lay in bed all day instead of just getting up and moving for an hour. But knowing that there is still a light ahead at the end of the tunnel gets my butt out of bed.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM? I have been on this journey for three months now and I am just now starting to feel/see the affects of a plateau. I KNOW that I can overcome this by putting in some extra hard work. Sometimes I have to remind myself that there are absolutely no excuses.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT? Over three months I have lost 28 pounds, and I still have a long way to go.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES? The best NSV that I have had so far is going down two shirt sizes. Seeing that XXL go to a L has been so wonderful.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? I eat more often now than I did when I was heavier. But now my meals consist of smaller portion sizes and all fresh foods. Before, I was only eating fried foods for every meal.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? I can now walk up an entire flight of steps without getting winded. I can exercise and have more energy. When I was heavier, it was difficult just walking through the grocery store.