How I Lost Weight: Nieta Loses 65 Pounds After 10 Years Of Trying!
NAME : Nieta
BEFORE WEIGHT : 250
AFTER WEIGHT : 184
POUNDS LOST : 66
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
College. My freshman 15 turned into 30…then 45. Like many, I didn’t know exactly how to eat right or where to start. I would start to workout at the campus rec, then get intimidated and leave. My idea of eating right was steamed vegetables, yogurt, and water or starving myself.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
My weight didn’t affect me to where I was anti-social, but it did affect how I felt about myself at parties and other functions. I would feel like out of my group of friends, I was always the last one approached by guys and if I was, it was for the wrong reasons. I used to have a large chest, so that added to me being self-conscience. I covered up those insecurities by going through “phases.” One week I was boho, the next goth, I didn’t know who I was.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
2006 I got a breast reduction and with those gone, my muffin top was more apparent than ever. I went to Weight Watchers and lost 60lbs. I got married, had a child and in 2013, my son was diagnosed w/ Autism. I lived like nothing mattered other than “fixing” him. His diagnosis became my obsession and I let myself go.
All but 13 lbs. of the weight I’d lost came back. I was obsessing over something I had NO control over. So, I went back to “exercising” (doing cardio) and clean eating. I lost 30 lbs. but I still wasn’t where I wanted to be. Got a new job where office food is the norm and 28lbs. came back. It was time to get off of this wheel.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
Post Thanksgiving 2006, I was sitting on my couch eating leftovers and I felt my stomach touching the couch cushion seat. I went to Weight Watchers the next day, but like I said, I gained it back because I wasn’t mentally there, I didn’t know HOW to eat and exercise properly.
My husband proposed a low-carb diet; so I started analyzing my carb intake. I lost 5 lbs. the first week and everything just clicked. I really got serious last year. I was a cardio addict until I began weightlifting. When I began to see my body transform, I was hooked.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
Immediately. I lost 5lbs. in the first week.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
Sweets/carbs/alcohol. I was eating healthy, but lots of fruit, peanut butter, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, healthy junk food, brown rice, and red wine. I didn’t have a magic solution; I just knew I couldn’t keep eating like this. I tracked my carbs for a week and realized I was consuming over 200g per day, but my activity level didn’t warrant that.
It was hard at first, but I began to reduce my carbs to 50-60g daily. I eat a small piece of 70% dark chocolate or berries for sweet cravings. I switched from mostly complex carbs to proteins and veggies. Now I get my carbs from almonds, avocado, berries, dark chocolate, and veggies.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
Of course! That feeling of putting on my size 10 on Jean Fridays at work keeps me motivated. Women inbox me to say that I inspire them. One girl shared my pic on IG and hash tagged it #Bodygoals. Never in a million years would I think I would be someone’s body goal! I feel absolutely amazing and blessed. This is what keeps me motivated. Having to be accountable to others keeps me going.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Yes I did! When this happens, I assess what I am currently consuming; too much of this, not enough of that, and change it. I might change eating eggs to egg whites or omitting fruit for a week. Fat loss is trial and error and the body adjusts quickly. I have to constantly do things food or exercise wise to switch it up.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
This question is the definition of insanity: doing the same thing, but expecting different results. Weight loss is not mental. I started in 2006 and yo-yoed for 10 yrs. because I didn’t truly understand how to eat or what the right fitness regimen is for me. I got really serious in January 2016, so I would say about a year and a half.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
Absolutely! Last year, I combined my love of food/fitness and started my blog SIMPLYCLEANCHEATING.COM. I created this because the common question I get from people is: What can I eat?” This is a platform to show eating right isn’t just chicken and broccoli. Last year I donated about half of my clothes to a resale shop that supports women. I feel confident walking into any store and knowing I will find something that fits me, and I can now wear slip on bracelets without clasps, lol.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I ran my own catering company for 4 years so I ate a lot of what I cooked. I remember drinking a lot of juice and doing a lot of frying was my norm. If it was cheesy or sweet, I wanted it. I ate at restaurants a lot. Breakfast was usually fast food, or a bagel. Lunch and dinner was pasta, or something fried and carby. My daily late afternoon snack was 2 bags of chips, a candy bar, and juice. I HAD NO CLUE.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
My idea of exercise used to be a quick leisure walk. I remember one of the requirements for my breast reduction was to lose some weight. We bought a treadmill and ended up hanging clothes on it. I went back to the doctor’s a month later and had lost 5 lbs. Once I realized I had to do something, I was a cardio addict. About 2 years ago I began weightlifting. When I began to see my body transform, I was hooked. Now I do weights/cardio or HIIT (High Intensity Interval training) daily.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- I reward myself with 1 cheat meal per week. This way I have something to look forward to.
- I make an effort to surround myself with like-minded people that are supportive.
- I saute all of my veggies for the week and toss them in eggs or make a frittata so that’s breakfast for the entire week.
- The slow cooker is my best friend.
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