80 Pounds Lost: Being healthy rocks !
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I started gaining weight when I got my period, at the age of 11…
NAME : Sophie
BEFORE WEIGHT : 275
AFTER WEIGHT : 195
POUNDS LOST : 80
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
For as long as I can remember, I was always the big girl. I used to make fun of my weight, probably to unconsciously hide the fact that I was not comfortable in my own body. I made myself the advocate of big girls but deep down, I didn’t like my reflection in the mirror. I used to be out of breath all the time, couldn’t sit comfortably on the bus, couldn’t cross my legs…
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
It was one week before my annual dance show. At that time, I felt as though my body couldn’t stretch anymore. I felt as though my skin had reached its maximum capacity. I knew then that it was time to do something about it.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
A friend of mine had been doing Weight Watchers for a while now and had lost 30lbs. She kept telling me that she could eat whatever she wanted, but was just more conscious of her portions. She assured me that it was really easy to do. So I registered on June 15, 2013.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
The first week, I lost 7.5lbs. I was so excited ! All I did was what my friend told me, reduced my portions. And it worked. Within the first few months, I was already down 30-40 lbs.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
Even after going through 2 huge plateaus of over 6 months, I never thought about giving up. I kept thinking that I am now where I wanted to be when I started. And to me, this was my new lifestyle now. There was no going back. It wasn’t something that I wanted to do for 6 months and after, go back to my bad eating habits. I wanted this to last. I never wanted to be fat again.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Twice. The first time, I started losing again after I ate waaaaaaayyyyy too much during the holidays. For some reason, this shook my body and I started losing again. That is when I reached what I affectionately call “Onderland”, my first time below the 200lbs mark in over two decades.
Then another plateau occurred a few months later and what got me out of it was switching from Weight Watchers to MyFitnessPal. I started ingesting 1500 calories a day without taking into account my physical activity. I was moving for the sake of moving. I also cut back on sugar a lot and I have been eating A LOT of protein to help me stay full and control the sugar rushes.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
I would say about a year.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
Many ! Being able to cross my legs, fitting into regular sized stores, giving away shoes because they became too big, ordering a company jacket from the regular selection and not have to have one made for me, realizing that my friend and I both fit into one of my old jackets, wearing shorts, running in official races, being able to work the floor during dance class… and the list goes on !
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
My portions are way smaller. I also eat a lot more often and I don’t eat out as much anymore. I have also cut a lot of the sugar out. I eat more vegetarian meals as well.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I’ve been taking hip hop classes for the past 9 years. So I’ve tried to keep active a little. But since the past 3 years, I have taken up running, I go to the gym 2-3 times a week and I am much more active generally, whereas before, I would have a hard time to get off the couch. I will also be participating in my first Spartan Race on July 16.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Weigh and measure everything ! You might think you know what a tablespoon looks like but 9 times out of 10, you are over evaluating !
- Take pictures ! Doing before and afters to measure your progress is a great motivation !
- Planning is key. Plan your day, your week. Know what events are coming up and adjust accordingly. I find that meal prepping always helps me a lot. I don’t always do it but it does make it easier when you have a busy lifestyle.
- Let people know that you are on this health journey. I wanted my friends to be sensitive to the sacrifices I had to make and realized quite rapidly that people were being super respectful, wanting me to succeed. They would bring new products for me to try, make healthier restaurant choices when I was going out with them, adjust their menus when they were having me over, and were just overall considerate. I appreciated that.
- Believe in yourself. Do it for you and no one else.
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