As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been “The Big Girl”. I was a heavy child, an overweight teenager, and that only worsened into young adulthood.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE? Weight affected by entire life. Like a giant elephant in the room that’s always there, continually reminding you “you aren’t good enough”. Regardless of where I was, who I met, or what I was doing, I felt my weight was all people saw when they looked at me.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY? Plain and simple, my mom. In 2012 she was diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer and within a year it took her life. It was the most devestating experience I’ve yet to ensure. But before she passed I made a promise to my mom and to myself that I wouldn’t live this way anymore! “I would get healthy and ‘find my bliss’.”
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? It started with just changing my eating habits. (Which is no easy task when you’re eating fast food x4 a week!) But I started educating myself on what I means to eat with moderation and what a balanced diet looks like. Then I started running and working out at the gym frequently.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS? Almost immediately as a matter of fact. Two pounds here, four pounds there. When you’re overweight it comes off quite easy in the beginning. I’ve gone through highs and lows over the span of the last three years, gaining and losing some. But since Fall2015, this is the first time the weight loss has been consistent.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART? I think like anyone you go through periods of being REALLY MOTIVATED to just kind of burnt out. But my mantra is and will always be, “Trust the process”. If you fall off, don’t focus on the failure, just get right back on!
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING? When I feel like giving up I think of my rock bottom. The way I hated what I saw when I looked in the mirror or in photos. It broke my heart to live like that. And that pain is what continually reminds me that “quitting” is NOT an option.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM? Oh boy! Do I! I have certainly hit a handful of weightloss plateaus. But I have found what works best for me is changing up my workouts. Kind of as a way to shock your body into not getting comfortable with a routine. That always seems to help for me.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT? Losing almost 60lbs for me took over the span of three years. Do I believe it takes that long for everyone? No. But I believe the highs and lows are what prolonged the process for me. Stay consistent and you’ll see results much quicker than my own.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES? Heck yes I do! Clothes shopping used to be a really emotionally trying task. Finding clothes at any “normal” store in the mall was impossible. I felt so limited, and nothing ever fit right. Now, it’s one of my favorite things to do! I used to wear a size 17 pant and XXL shirt. Now I am down to a size 10 pant and a medium shirt. Literally, I feel like an entirely different person.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? I no longer eat “just because it tastes good”. I understand what it means to fuel your body. I like to think of it like, “Crap in crap out”. If you’re eating garbage, chances are you’re going to feel that way too. When I think back to the way I used to eat, it honestly just makes me sad. Now most of my diet is protein, veggies/fruit, and try and keep it as low carb as possible. Don’t get me wrong though, my phylosphy is “everything in moderation”. I still have pizza, cookies, and junk food. But it’s a treat because I feel I’ve earn it. Not just because I’m bored or hungry.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? Oh ten fold! When I was heavier the idea of even stepping foot in a gym sparked so much anxiety. But now, I feel so in my element there. Or waking up on a Saturday morning and going for a run to start of my weekend? I never thought I would be one of those people.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- LOVE YOURSELF: No matter what stage of the journey you’re on. Wake up each morning and remind yourself that you are beautiful.
- TAKE IT ONE DAY AT A TIME: When you think long term, it can be overwhelming. But weightloss comes down to lots of small decisions and little victories, that make up one big end result. Trust the process. You can do this.
- DO IT FOR YOU (You’re so worth it): Weight loss and getting healthy has to come down to you. You have to care about yourself to say, “Enough is enough.” And do it! I’ve met so many women that want to lose weight for all the wrong reasons. A New Years resolution? A big event? Heck, even a guy. But of that will last, only you and your desire to be the best you that you can.