60 Pounds Lost: Losing weight as a teenager in high school
NAME : Marissa
BEFORE WEIGHT : 221
AFTER WEIGHT : 161
POUNDS LOST : 60
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
When I was about 10 I would start to binge eat a lot and as I got older, I would do it especially if my parents left the house.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
It affected my brain mostly. I never felt truly happy because I always felt like I was hiding behind a bunch of clothes and a ton of extra weight.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
One night I was sleeping and woke up because my feet were tingling really bad. I knew that was a symptom of diabetes and I got very scared.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I started playing Just Dance on the wii everynghy and cutting all the bad foods out of my diet.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
I started seeing movement on the scale almost immediately. I didn’t actually see a change in my body until about 2 months in.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
About 4 months into my fitness journey, I developed appendicitis and couldn’t work out for about a month. It was horrible and my eating habits suffered.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
Yes of course I wanted to give up. Dealing with school, home life, and also trying to count calories and workout was very difficult at first. Also, when you don’t see results on the scale it gets discouraging. Looking at progress pictures and taking measurements rather than just the scale helped a lot.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
In about June ( 6 months into my journey) my weight came to a standstill. I couldn’t lose weight at all and this lasted for about a month, then I started counting Macros and also lifting weights.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
It’s been 10 months, and I’m still working toward my main goal of 130 (I’m 5’4.)
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
I always loved the feeling of my jeans becoming too big. I started at a size 16 and am now a size 7. Also, trying on homecoming dresses this year was definitely a non scale victory because last year I couldn’t find many that were my size.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
Now I eat a lot more vegetables, and much more protein (chicken, Greek yogurt, eggs.) when I was heavier I would eat chips and cookies for snacks. Now I always have something healthy.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I can run without feeling like I’m going to die now. Before, I could never have used weights or gone on an elliptical for an hour. But now it’s like a second nature to me.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Keep healthy foods in your house rather than unhealthy things that will just tempt you.
- Try using YouTube for new workouts. There’s a ton and they’re all free.
- Don’t waste a bunch of money on useless programs or “quick fixes,” the best results will come with time.
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