36 Pounds Lost: Loving my body again

NAME : Linda / BEFORE WEIGHT : 90 / AFTER WEIGHT : 72 / POUNDS LOST : 36
Linda Lost 36 Pounds

As long as i remember I was a little bigger than the other kids. Trough my pregnancys I started gaining weight so much that it became unhealthy.

HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?  From the outside I looked confident but on the inside I always felt insecure. For example goofing around with my kids felt exhausting so I didn’t play with them very much. I couldn’t fit the clothes I wanted to wear so I never went shopping with friends. I was self conscious all the time. I felt ashamed when I ate snacks at a party, and was always in some kind of denial about my health. I ‘forgot ‘ my swimsuit when going to the beach so I could stay in my clothes.. things like that..

WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?  I hurt my back really bad. My back was my weak spot all along but this time I couldn’t move for like a week. The doctor told me to strengthen my abs and maybe lose some weight. At that point I was done with my obesity, it had too much effect on my life, time for change

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?  -go to the gym and book a session with a personal trainer – lower my portions
– cutting down on sugar

HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?  I started to see the results quite quickly. Maybe 3 or 4 weeks

DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?  I felt so much healthier and my kids love their new mom who plays with them. I never wanted to give up because I love every part of my journey.
-train insane or remain the same
-don’t let your excuses define you
Where quotes that inspired me.
And of course all the support I get from friend and family and on instagram keeps me going

DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?  Because i was training my muscles the weight wasn’t going down as fast as in the beginning. So i really had to stop focusing on the number of the scale and start looking in the mirror

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?  4 months

DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
-Yes!! Jeans size 38
Being able to curl up in the corner of the couch
-feeling confident dressing up at xmas

WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?  My basic diet was ok, 3 meals a day and 2 or 3 snack moments each day. But I was a secret eater. I had this crazy idea that when nobody saw me eating the calories don’t count. So I had chocolate in the car, ate a lot of cookies when I was home alone.. all sweet junk. Also I rewarded myself with food. The soda was maybe the biggest problem.. Coca Cola, Red Bull on a regular basis.

MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS

  1. Don’t be to hard on yourself laundry-wife
    You can wear the same leggings to the gym easily 3 times
  2. Make selfies.. a lot of them.. but be aware when you give your phone to anyone