I have been overweight since early childhood.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE? I was miserable at nearly 300lbs. I had a successful career as a nurse, a supportive husband and two beautiful daughters but I was held hostage by my weight.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY? Summer of 2015 I spent watching my husband and children have fun and visit amusement parks without me. I was obese and depressed. One day my 7 year old daughter said, “Oh, we know mommy will not come with us because there’s too much walking and she never comes.” That was it! I had to make a change.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? I had exercised before, but always seemed to fail at the nutrition. So this time, after talks with my Doctor I decided to have weight loss surgery.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS? The results were immediate. For the first time I was in control of my eating. This made me eager to see how exercise would change my body. So I hit the gym 4-5 days per week consistently and the results kept coming.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART? My biggest hurdle was gaining control over my eating and the surgery helped with that. I use to hate working out and now I love it. I can see and feel all the effort that I put forth with exercise now.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING? When I began to exercise it was hard. I was still very overweight and I had poor conditioning. I wasn’t comfortable with people at the gym seeing me exercise. I decided that if this was truly going to be a lifelong change, then I needed to be consistent and persistent. So that’s exactly what I did and continue to do. The hardest part is starting!
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM? I have had several stalls in weightloss during my journey. I have learned to take an honest look at what I’m eating and if that’s not the problem than I adjust my workouts. I try to keep challenging myself with exercise. When I do this, the scale moves and the inches fall.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT? I have lost 75lbs in a little less than 6 months.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES? I have had several non scale victories. The biggest has been attending every school event with my daughters and holding my head high. They are proud of me and they both tell me so. I couldn’t ask for a bigger result than that.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? When I was heavier I ate whatever I felt like, whenever I felt like it. I had no concept of tracking my food intake. Now, I eat lots of protein and some carbs and fat, but I try to stick with whole grains when consuming carbs.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? I was very sedentary prior to weightloss. Now, I’m on the go all the time. I hit the gym 4-5 days per week for an average of an hour to 90 minutes each time. I stay active with my family and look forward to going to all the FL amusement parks this summer.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Never compare your journey to someone else’s. We each lose weight and gain muscle differently. You will get there at your body’s pace.
- Find positive and supportive people to surround yourself with. In life and social media outlets.
- Never give up on you! You can do this. If I can, anyone can.
- Focus on nutrition and exercise. Without one the other is useless. I have heard this for years and fought it, but save yourself some time and energy.
- Track your food! You may think your not overeating calories or eating enough, but you may be surprised once you start tracking. It’s accountability.