I Lost 80 Pounds: Denna Embarks On A Weight Loss Journey to Get Right-Get Tight
NAME : Denna
BEFORE WEIGHT : 250+
AFTER WEIGHT : 165 ongoing
POUNDS LOST : 80
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
All my life. But obesity set in during my late 20’s and early 30’s.It was then I crossed over into the 200’s.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
My weight began to affect all aspects of my life. I was constantly tired, couldn’t run and play with my kids for more than 2 minutes without feeling like Joe Black had come to visit. My confidence was nonexistent. I didn’t feel sexy for my husband. I didn’t like the way my clothes fit. I hated shopping because I was so limited in where I could shop. And either it was to snug and showed all of my rolls or it looked like a tent. What’s the fun in that? I hated buying size 22’s and 24’s. I even bought a 26 once. I still get emotional about that. I wasn’t very social.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
My turning point was when my husband of 17 years passed away from cancer. There was nothing he could do to stay with us, he had no choice. I realized if he did have a choice he would still be here with us. I know he would have done anything to stay with us. I on the other hand, did have a choice. I could choose to continue to eat myself into diabetes, heart disease and hypertension (all of which runs in my family). And possibly an early grave, minus some toes or a leg. Or I could get my act together make a choice about what I put in my mouth and how much, as well as move my body. I chose not to make our kids orphans. I chose to live. I chose life. I chose me.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
The last time I had stepped on the scale was several months before and it said 241. And on my 5′ small fame that was depressing for me. So I ate, more. Stayed in the bed more. So I know I gained more weight. For a while I only got up to see my kids off to school and then when they returned. It was a combo of grief and depression. Then one day i said to myself, while laying in the bed, you are dying. No you are killing yourself.
I woke up the following morning and decided today is the day. I hired a trainer that day. And I got stated the next day.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
For me weight loss has never been swift. I’ve always had to trust the process and hang in there even when I’ve done fad diets.
It was about a month into my journey that I began to notice things, like more energy, the ability to walk up the stairs without feeling like a was dying, although I may have still needed so O2 when I got up there, lol. It was maybe the second or 3 rd month that I began to notice a change in the way my clothes fit.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
I don’t really feel like I had any challenges. There’s always a friend or family member who will say, “Girl you can have 1 slice of cake.” You just have to be stronger than those external stumbling blocks. Fortunately I learned to love working out, because I did things I enjoy. My family was sorta neutral. They would ell me god job when they saw me but that’s about it.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
No, I have never wanted to to give up. Have I ever been discouraged? Sure. Felt like it wasn’t working? Sure. Wanted to give up, never. I simply don’t have a give up attitude, about anything. I’ve put weight back on during this journey and just looked myself in the face and said well, you did this, you fix it. And I still have those conversations with myself 🙂 This is ongoing. It doesn’t stop because you reach a size or number on the scale. Everyday I’m faced with choices. Will I make choices that are in alignment with my weight, health and fitness goals or will I make choices that are not.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
YES YES YES! OMG YES. I just continued to strive. That was the difference in this time as opposed to the many others. There was a time when I hit a plateau and didn’t see any scale movement, I’d just become discouraged and quit. I also took a look at my nutrition and made changes as well as changes to my workouts.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
2 years, it’s never a quick process for me 🙂
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
Yes, my NSV were getting into smaller sizes, improved strength and endurance. Being able to shut my teenage boys down! LOL Being able to chase them and have them get tired before I would.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I actually eat more times per day now. I actually eat breakfast. Something I continue to struggle with. I eat much cleaner. I incorporate more fiber and veggies.
2 eggs with cheese Protein shake-coconut milk-mango spinach
2 slices chees toast Warm water with lemon
bowl of grits
glass of OJ
Fast food burger fries and shake Homemade tostadas
Dinner shredded chicken breast
Fried Chicken shredded romaine
Veggie black beans
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
Much more active. I workout 4-5 times per week. I participate in obstacle racing, which I love. Nothing like running, jumping and wading through mud, lol. I do Crossfit, I climb trees, I participate in 5k’s, 10k’s, 15k’s. Ive come quite the t-shirt and medal junkie 🙂
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Don’t quit!
If you do, you will never reach your goals.
So what the progress is slow. Slow progress is still progress.
- Expect setbacks.
We are all human and sometimes old habits die hard.
- Don’t overwhelm yourself with to many changes at once. Slow and steady wins the race.
Change can be scary and to much change to fast can lead to feelings of failure, shutting down and abandoning your journey.
- Resist the urge to compare your journey to someone else’s.There is no one else out there like YOU. No one has your exact body type, genetics, stress level or lifestyle. You can’t run someone else’s race and win it.
- Eat clean whole foods. No diets.Clean whole foods are just better for your body. It’s recognized by your body and processed better in your body. Mal this and partially that, red dye 45 and a host of other culprits were not created with your health and wellbeing in mind.
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