Name: Stephanie Scott
Location: Ontario, Canada
Before: 275 lbs.
After: 205 lbs.
What was the “turning point” that prompted you to lose weight? Being trapped inside of a body that was 120 Lbs heavier than it’s used to be felt terrible. I felt like I had a shell on, a slower, heavier, dragging shell. I had one pair of size 20 stretch pants that fit and now they were becoming tight. I was utterly miserable. I didn’t want to go out in public. I hid from people. I preferred to stay on the couch, blinds closed, tv on and wishing I could live my life like other people were. But instead I chose to eat ice cream, chips, pizza while sitting on my butt all day and avoiding life.
When did you start trying to lose weight? Throughout being my heavier self I did get the occasional workout in, but I always felt this overwhelming guilt of going to the gym while leaving my daughter behind. So I bought an elliptical machine and tried to use it most days of the week. The weight wasn’t budging because my diet was so poor. I finally hit rock bottom, got a surge of energy and made a decision it was time to turn this around.
How did you get started? I went to the gym on a mission to hire a personal trainer to help me get back into shape. I signed up for some sessions, boxing and a nutrition program. I did the exercise no problem but still had a very hard time following a nutrition program. He then recommended I have a look at the Body By Vi 90 Day Challenge where you drink 2 shakes a day plus healthy eating to drop the weight. I tasted the vi-shake then I was hooked. I really felt like this was something I could stick to long term, and I did. So I got started. And noticed my addiction to junk food faded away. The fat melted away and I lost 20 Lbs that first month. That big drop made me realize I was on my way finally!
What was your biggest challenge? I felt like the biggest challenge for me was finally saying “no, no more of this, I deserve better, I deserve to feel good about myself inside, I deserve to live my life, I deserve to be my best self, something needs to change and now!” I had to let go of my fear and guilt of leaving my daughter for taking care of myself and my health. That decision was the hardest. Much harder than sticking to any diet or exercise regime, that part was the easiest. I just had to remember that I was no good to my daughter in that condition. I was slow, sluggish, lacked energy, lacked the desire to play with her, lacked the desire to go out and live my life and it wasn’t fair for her. That wasn’t who I was and I didn’t want my daughter to know this unhappy person all her life.
Were there any times when you wanted to quit or give up? How did you stay motivated? Some people would say I slip up all the time but I don’t see it that way. And I definitely am not giving up because this isn’t a short term goal for me. My vision for my personal health and fitness is long term. I want to be a very fit and healthy old women so exercise and eating foods that nourish and excite me will always be a part of my life. I will never feel sluggish and be heavy again. Every 90 days I set a new goal/vision and work towards it. It almost is never about the number on the scale because that doesn’t motivate me but more related to a fitness goal or something I want to overcome. That constant reinvention and variety keeps me inspired.
If you reached a weight loss plateau, how did you break out of the rut? I never feel like I’m hitting a plateau because once your mind is set on being ‘stuck’ you will waste a lot of time and energy feeling that plateau. I always have my eye on my vision and I keep going based on what feels right and inspires me. I also have the right relationships in my life to take me to the next level, I listen to the people who have what I want. I know I will get there it will just take time.
What’s your current exercise routine? I get in the gym at least 3 times a week to lift weights and do cardio. I mostly enjoy running on the treadmill or on trails. I play baseball and work on baseball skills 1-2 times a week. I’m active with my daughter swimming, bowling, hiking and walking our dogs throughout the week.
What’s your daily diet look like? Once or twice a day I have a vi-shake with protein powder, fruit, peanut butter and almond milk. I also like to occasionally have oatmeal, eggs and toast for breakfast. For lunch I enjoy wraps or salad. For snacks I enjoy fruit, yogurt, veggies, hard boiled eggs. Dinner is generally salad or veggies with a protein source and carbohydrate, I tend not to be as strict with dinner. I also have cheat meals once in a while. I focus on portion control, eating when hungry versus emotional eating and not being too strict or feeling overfull.
What’s your favorite healthy snack/meal? My favourite meal is my vi shake with almond milk, chocolate mix-in, half a banana and 1 tbsp of peanut butter especially first thing in the morning when I’m rushing to be at work for 7am or getting my daughter ready for school it keeps me full all day long and I avoid cravings.
Do you have specific suggestions for avoiding temptations? I don’t stress myself over seeing yummy food that everyone else is eating. I focus on finding the balance between eating for comfort and eating for pleasure. I eat for nutrition and energy and treat myself every once in a while. Nothing worse than sitting back watching everyone at work eat yummy goodies while you salivate and feel empty and deprived. So I’ll have a small slice of pizza, enjoy it and don’t stress too much about the calories. I remember to focus on the long term and I know I’ll get to where I want to go.
What’s your life like after weight loss? I love my life. I’ve never felt so confident and good on the inside. I’ve been skinny before and was still miserable, skinny or fit doesn’t equal happiness, happiness is a mindset. I made a decision to just stop with beating myself up, be more accepting of what I see in the mirror and I allow myself to make mistakes to learn as I grow. It wasn’t until I decided that being happy and healthy was my first priority, I knew the weight would fall off as I kept reaching for my own happiness. I love being fit and active. I love having things in my life that I enjoy doing that give me energy, inspire and motivate me. I love being surrounded by and encouraging friends to change their lifestyles for the happier as well. We all support each other to keep going.
If you have any suggestions to others what would they be? If today was your last day on earth would you really care how fat your thighs looked and wasted 20 minutes berating yourself for not being perfect in the mirror? No. You’d want to spend it with the people you love doing things that you love together but if you lack the energy to do all of those things than you might feel like you’re sitting on the bench in your on life while everyone else is out there enjoying it. So stop not living your life because of the weight. Stop beating yourself up for every mistake or because you don’t like the way you look in the mirror. Just get started and get moving. Just make a decision that having more energy and feeling better about yourself is a priority. Look for the good in every situation. Talk to yourself like you would a small child, loving and nurturing as you grow. Eat the right amount of healthy nutritious foods that will give you energy, not store it and slow you down. Do exercises and activities you love, inspire and motivate you and just live it up!
Source: Everyday Health