I’ve always had a weight problem. Starting as early as middle school I would do any diet trend I heard of to lose weight, but it would always come back. The older I got, the harder I found it to keep up with these diet trends & keep the weight off.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE? I was always self-conscious of my weight. I was bigger than my friends. I wasn’t able to do anything that involved being physical. I couldn’t go shopping without being embarrassed of shopping in the plus-size section. Every aspect of my life surrounded my body & what I put in it.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY? Hitting 200 on the scale was my turning point. I always promised myself that I would never get over 200. When I saw that number, I was disgusted at the person I let myself become.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? I woke up and decided that would be the day that I changed my life. I bought healthy food. I started working out. I did everything I could to make sure I never was in the same place I was coming from!
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS? I saw results on the scale immediately. However, it wasn’t for 4-5 weeks that I really started seeing the physical changes.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART? Food has by far been the hardest thing for me to overcome. I’m an emotional eater. I eat when I’m happy, sad, bored, and every emotion between. It was hard to learn that food does not need to be my lifeline in dealing with these emotions. I’m learning to have a healthy relationship with food!
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING? My family and friends have kept me going! I have a supportive husband and group of people that really want to see me succeed!
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM? I am currently in a weight loss plateau! I’ve been struggling really hard to get these last 3 pounds off so I make my 50 pound goal. I have been changing my workout routine as well as changing the time I’ve been working out.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT? It’s been about 6 months.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES? There are so many non-scale victories! The most obvious are smaller clothing sizes. My happiest is my husband being able to pick me up! It was amazing to know he could pick me up and I didn’t have to worry about if I was too big!
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? My diet when I was heavier consisted of a lot fast food- high calories, fat, carbs, and sodium. Basically everything you SHOULDN’T have. Today I make good choices about what goes in my body! Of course I still have those indulgent moments, but on a day-to-day basis I’m feeding my body foods that make me proud to look in the mirror!
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? I didn’t do anything physical when I was heavier. I’d sit in bed or on the couch for hours! Today, I walk 3-5 miles each day as well as lift weights. I like to run and hike, two things I couldn’t do before!
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Drink lots of water! The first few weeks this was extremely difficult for me because of all the soda & juice I would drink. It’s so helpful though! Now water is all I drink!
- Don’t deprive yourself! Cutting out everything leads to binge eating and big cheat days. I always set aside a meal or two to have some of the foods I really like (pizza and burgers, for sure!). However, I’ve learned to make healthier versions so I don’t totally ruin the progress I’ve made.
- Push yourself. So many workouts I thought “I can’t do this” or “This is too hard.” I’m glad I kept pushing through. Some of those workouts I couldn’t imagine doing back then are some of my favorites now!
- Find a support system. Whether that’s friends, family, a fitness group… it’s always good to have one or two people to talk to, especially when you are struggling or having a bad day!
- Don’t be so hard on yourself. The first 4-6 weeks I didn’t see any physical changes, even though the number was changing on the scale. I had to keep reminding myself why I wanted to start this journey in the first place. Sometimes my workouts weren’t the best or I ate something I shouldn’t have, but it didn’t mean I should give up on the whole journey!