I Lost 75 Pounds: Estriana Said Goodby To The Chubby Girl Blues
NAME : Estriana
BEFORE WEIGHT : 245
AFTER WEIGHT : 170
POUNDS LOST : 75
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I began gaining weight around the age of 10 years old.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
I had low self esteem, I put my flaws before what beauty others seen. I didn’t like taking photos of my whole body because the first thing I would look at is how “big” I was in the photo versus if the picture came out well. I was labeled the medical term obese by 12 and it stuck with me so I emotionally ate every chance I could.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
I’ve had weight loss attempts that failed, this being my last and no longer attempt but achievement of a goal. I always wanted to be in shape and was envious of those who were, my two boys are very active and I wanted to be able to play and be more involved in activities with them when they need me to be.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
Initially I was preparing to have surgery to lose weight because I’ve tried so many times to lose, and would pick the weight up whenever I became complacent. Eventually not reaching my goal and picking up the weight again going back to bad eating habits. Going back before this weight loss, I went to a weight clinic prior to my second son and achieved at losing 50-60lbs before finding out I was expecting. So what knowledge I gained while going, I remembered and I continue to learn more. I began buying different fitness equipment over the years, lastly buying a treadmill. I figured I didn’t want my money going to waste, I’ve been seeing a NP to supervise my endeavors and have an overall healthy experience.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
The first month that I really focused I began to see 8-10 lbs shed off immediately.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
My family has always supported me getting in shape. I dated men who were happy with my weight and didn’t support me emotionally. I had to learn to compliment my strides pushing myself to exercise and not make myself feel guilty every time I thought felt I cheated on my “diet”. I also gave up the term “diet” because I’m looking for life changing results and not for the moment or to look good for someone else, but feeling good for myself.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
I’ve never wanted to give up, if so I would not have so many attempts. What has kept me going even more is reflecting on past photos in comparison to me now. Viewing my accomplishments and knowing I’m not far from my goal, but I’m far from my starting point brings life to me.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Almost every time I hit the low numbers from 200’s, then 190’s and 180’s. I seem to stay there for awhile before reaching the next -10lbs. I had and continue to think to myself at least I’m maintaining. I think about possible water weight, or evaluate what I ate so that I can eliminate it from my menu.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
It has been a year, I’m aiming for another 3-4 more months until I hit my goal of 145.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
I dreaded looking at my legs and thighs, my abs have always been non existent, arms very large with no tone.
Now I see definition and tone forming to all areas, and I take more full body photos than I ever have.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I no longer have anything sugary, my portions are smaller and I feel full. My water intake improved tremendously and I think carefully about my carb intake everyday.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I’m non-stop through the day, regardless of if I’m trapped in the house or out running errands. I keep myself busy doing anything that keeps me from being a couch potato and on my feet.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Hydrate: Sometimes your not hungry but actually need fluids. Especially first thing when you wake up in the morning.
- Pay attention to the carbs you take in. Research complex carbs vs simple carbs.
- Everything in moderation, don’t over indulge in a treat every once in a while.
- Look forward and not backwards, even if your at a plateau remember it’s not where you started at.
- Compliment your achievements, no one knows your struggle better than yourself. Get knowledge on your body and foods to try that are health savy.