70 Pounds Lost: Getting fit, for fox sake!
NAME : Julie
BEFORE WEIGHT : 125
AFTER WEIGHT : 145
POUNDS LOST : 70
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
Most of my family would be considered “morbidly obese” so it wasn’t a surprise that I was overweight all throughout my youth and early adult life.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
My weight affected everything from my confidence, to my energy levels, to my social life and personal habits. Once I lost the weight, I felt free to explore who I really was as an individual, and not just who people perceived me as based off my overweight appearance.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I had lost ~45lbs back in 2011, but gained all the weight back as soon I let go of the reins. By 2015, I reached 215lbs– for the second time– and decided that if I ever wanted to see a happy, healthy me, I needed to make permanent lifestyle changes once and for all. In April 2015, myself and some of my closest friends/family decided we were going to gather once a week, for ten weeks, to help coach each other and get on a healthy track. I drove to two meetings, and then my car had to go into the shop. Unfortunately, it never came back out of the shop. I learned this news on a day that we were all supposed to meet up, and with eight weeks left to our group, I felt like I couldn’t leave them hanging just because I no longer had a car. I mapped out the 12-mile route, and decided to try riding my bike to get there. It took me well over 2 hours to get to the meeting, but I planned appropriately and even arrived on time! The girls were so impressed with how much effort I put into being there, that they stayed committed with me for the rest of the challenge. Then one challenge turned into two. And then into three. It wasn’t easy to come to terms with, but that was the day I learned that if I started making effort instead of excuses, I’d vicariously see results.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
In the first ten weeks of eating healthy and increasing my activity, I shed about 30lbs!
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
Learning to workout because I love my body, and not just because I want to change it, was a big obstacle for me to overcome. After overcoming it however, I felt unstoppable– that is until I bruised my tailbone in January, and then badly sprained my ankle in February. Between those two ailments, I needed to step back on physical activity and really dial in to my nutrition and food intake in order to stay on track. Which was so much fun to learn about while I rehabbed!
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
The mantra “Find a way, or find an excuse” would always pop into my head and remind me to try putting in effort before I let myself succumb to an excuse. And honestly, the thought of having kids with a starting weight of 215lbs scared the bejeezus out of me. Losing the weight and eventually starting a healthy family, with a solid foundation, is something that still motivates me to keep going.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Many! I get creative with a new meal plan, or switch up my exercises anytime I encounter a plateau. Plateauing is inevitable, so in a way I guess I was ready for it. I try not to let them discourage me, and I keep focus. I know how easy it is to want to de-rail completely when you can’t break through a plateau, so stay the course!
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
From April 2015 to May 2016, I lost a total of 70lbs, so just a little over a year.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
Tons! I feel lighter, am sleeping better, and not spending nearly as much money on things like a vehicle expenses or going out to eat. I am more present in my life and relationships, and feel confident and capable instead of restricted and hesitant.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I actually eat now, and love it! I used to be so hooked on coffee and caffeine, that my appetite was all messed up and I never felt hungry. Now I don’t fear food, and I enjoy cooking and learning about nutrition. I don’t feel restricted by the foods I eat either, as long as I acknowledge what they do to my body and how I need to adapt after consuming them. These days I eat all the fruits and veggies I want, focus on lean proteins and steer clear from excessive sugars and processed carbs… unless I want to eat them! Then I just commit to working it off ;0)
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
The biggest change has been swapping my four wheels for two, and carrying my own weight wherever I need to go. I feel much stronger and more energized when I’m doing something physical, and surprisingly my body actually craves the activity now!
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Drink lots of water! I can’t believe how much weight I lost just incorporating more water into my life. I never acknowledged how much sugar I consumed through drinks, and just cutting that out alone helped tremendously!
- Just move! For fox sake! Get your butt in gear and go. Even if you do something for 15 seconds– it’s a start– and you’ll only improve the more you try.
- Listen to your body! Sometimes our bodies relay an underlying message without us even knowing, and it’s up to us to listen and decode it. What is your body telling you with that craving, or that unusual soreness? See if you can pick up on any patterns and figure out what your body is saying!
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