I started to develop a weight issue around the age of 8. In 3rd grade, I can vividly recall the first time I was called fat by someone. I probably wasn’t even fat then! I grew up as the “fat sister.”
NAME : Lisa
BEFORE WEIGHT : 279
AFTER WEIGHT : 215
POUNDS LOST : 64
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE? My weight has affected my life because it has held me back from doing a lot of things and made me insecure at times
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY? I started my weight loss journey on May 16, 2016. I was in Atlanta at my sister’s graduation. I had a baby in February 2015 and I started a stressful job that I hated in May 2015. My weight sky rocketed. I tried several times to lose weight, but I lacked the time and dedication to stick to giving up the food that was serving as my drug. I was laid off in April 2016 and it was the best thing that ever happened to me. I saw myself in a picture from my sister’s graduation in May and I was horrified at how big I was. That moment, I made the decision to dedicate my time and effort to regaining my life and releasing the weight. I decided I didn’t want to live like that ever again.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? I flew back home the following day and I made small changes. I committed to drinking only water, eating smaller portions and cutting out all of the junk food and wine. I started with a walking at home DVD ( I was too big to finish it, but I told myself to do what I can do until i can do more!).
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS? I started seeing results immediately. I lost weight my first week and it gave me the motivation to keep going
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART? I had to first and foremost deal with my dependence on food to act as a healing agent to my emotions. I was so unhappy in that job that I ate fast food probably twice a day to just get that feeling it gave me. I was unemployed at the time, so that was an obstacle as well, but I refused to let it stop me and found ways to eat cleaner for less. IT was hard to exercise as well because of my size, but each day, I would do a little bit more until I could finish
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING? I wanted to give up everyday. What kept me going was my desire to never see that person I saw in the photos again. I wanted to be someone my son could be proud of. I knew if i stopped, I could end up where I started or worse. I just decided to never be her again
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM? I hit a couple plateaus. They have been challenging because you feel like you’re working hard and not seeing any change on the scale. I just keep reminding myself that quitting is not an option and focus on cleaning up my eating and it will move
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT? it has taken me about 6 months
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES? When someone notices I’m smaller! I can shop in the regular sections at stores again! I’m proud of myself for my accomplishments so far. I use my weight loss as a metaphor for other areas of my life. If I can do something that seemed so impossible like this, I can do anything!
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? I eat a lot cleaner now. I eat actual whole foods and less processed junk. I am cognizant of what goes in my mouth. I don’t eat fast food and soda or juice as the main components of my diet. Now I drink at least a gallon of water a day and try to eat a diet high in fruits and veggies and protein. I have gotten into food research and try to eat a vegetarian diet when possible
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? I couldn’t even finish a walking workout at my heaviest. As I started to lose the weight, I could actually finish the Beachbody DVDs I ordered months before, but didn’t really use. Now, I work out twice a day and constantly look for a new challenge to see how far I can push myself.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- drink lots of water!
- do what you can until you can do more
- Move more.
- Learn to love yourself; eat like you love yourself. Ask yourself, would someone that loves themselves eat this (make this choice)?
- Remember why you started for the hard times when you want to stop!