62 Pounds Lost: Young mom defies the odds of genetics
NAME : Mariah
BEFORE WEIGHT : 282
AFTER WEIGHT : 220
POUNDS LOST : 62
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I started developing a weight problem at 7 years old.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
I was bullied the entire time I was in school for my weight, anytime there was a conflict, my weight was the first thing they brought up. I didn’t get to enjoy my teenage years, because I was “the fat lonely girl”
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
At 18 years old, I was in a pre-op area, awaiting a tonsillectomy. They set a clipboard next to me that had a bright yellow sticker that said “OBESE” in huge capital letters. I knew at that point I needed to make a change for the better. For my son.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I started by walking on the treadmill at least 30 minutes a day at a local gym, as well as tracking my calories on a fitness app. I was nearly in tears every workout, everything hurt when I was that heavy. But I would always dig deep and remember why I started, and how it would all pay off in the end.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
I started seeing results after two months. My waist started shrinking, as well as everything else.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
I had to overcome a lot of things in this journey. I went on to lose 97 pounds by 2013 and got to my lowest weight of 175, then I became pregnant with my second child in 2014. The hardest obstacle had to be when I was 5 months pregnant and my mother passed away due to heart and kidney failure. I had to overcome the obstacle of starting over after I gave birth to my daughter.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
Plenty of times I wanted to give up! Starting over is extremely hard. What kept me going was my moms legacy, and her untouchable strength. I thought about my children and how heartbroken they would be if they had to grow up without a mother.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
I have hit a few plateaus. Whenever you do hit them, the best thing to do is completely switch up your routine, nutrition, and workouts. It definitely helps.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
It took a solid year. But it doesn’t really matter how long it takes. Everyone is always so caught up on QUICK weight loss, not grasping the fact that quick weight loss usually doesn’t last. What matters is that you make it a lifestyle, something you can live with for many years to come. There’s no deadline on your health.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
I’ve had several. Taking full body photos without looking round and “frumpy”. And being able to workout with women smaller than myself and not be completely winded or crying.. it’s a great feeling.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
My diet now consists of mostly food made at home. Lean proteins, complex carbs, and healthy fats. I drink at least a gallon of water a day, but I still splurge on “bad” foods from time to time in small portions. My daily diet when I was heavier I wasn’t drinking water (I hated the taste of it), I mostly ate out, ate DOUBLE of everything, and had no idea about macronutrients or the caloric content of any of those foods.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I could barely do 20 minutes on the treadmill at my heaviest. My feet would go numb, and I felt like I was going to pass out. Now I can complete a full workout with a smile on my face (for the most part!)
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Love yourself now. Don’t wait until you’re at goal. Weight loss doesn’t fix your problems. It’s an inside job.
- Start small. For example: start to cut out soda and replace it with a bottle of water. Maybe skip the nightly dessert. Any little effort helps!
- Don’t over exert yourself, it can lead to injury.
- DO NOT starve. Don’t be afraid to EAT! Your body needs the fuel for energy, and to live!
- Don’t you ever, ever give up. You’re stronger than you think!
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