Weight Loss Success Stories: Lauren Shed 80 Pounds And Started Living Again
NAME : Lauren
BEFORE WEIGHT : 247
AFTER WEIGHT : 167
POUNDS LOST : 80
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I’ve had weight issues my whole life.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
I was bullied throughout my childhood for being overweight, “fat.”
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
When I started to realize that I wasn’t living anymore, that I had given up a huge part of myself- the part of me that always loved to be an athlete- and I was hurting all the time, something had to change.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I started eating clean and walking a few miles a day. My husband was deployed for 9 months a few weeks after we had or son, so figuring out how to be active while having an infant was hard. I did what I could until I found a gym with a nursery.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
I started seeing results immediately. The fist week I lost 12 pounds (mostly water weight). After that I saw steady loss until I got down to my pre pregnancy weight, about 185.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
I HURT ALL THE TIME. I was so out of shape, my body ached every time I tried to run or squat or do anything. It took a solid month to get past that. Figuring out how to do stuff while pushing a stroller or find a place with a nursery, having a baby alone while my husband was deployed fely impossible. I was so tired all the time and it felt hopeless for a long time.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
I can’t say that I’ve ever wanted to give up completely, but my resolve has waned pretty much every day since I’ve started. I ask myself constantly “do I really need to do this? Is it really so important? You lost the weight you wanted to lose, you can stop now.” But then I get this feeling like people are watching me. They’re waiting for me to stop, to be average and not extraordinary. I have this affinity with proving people wrong, so I won’t be stopping anytime soon.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Once I lost the baby weight (60 pounds) it took me about a month to get past that, and I’m currently stuck again for a few weeks at 167. I’ve found that getting over these stalls requires and extra push, switching up your routine, or sometimes just waiting them out honestly. When you lose this much weight your body tries to hold on, sometimes you just have to stick with it until your body is ready to let it go.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
I’m still losing, but to date I’ve lost 80 pounds in roughly a year.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
I’ve gotten down to a size 8, a medium in everything. I can fit into my high school clothes again, and I am smaller than my husband. I can run a mile in less than 9 minutes, I can run up to 6 miles at a time so far. I got back into lifting recently so I’m working toward many goals in that area as well.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I eat sooooo much less! Not in a restrictive way, but in a “I’m not gorging myself at every meal” way. I also eat much more fresh food, I cook for our family and I make sure that we get more than enough fruits and veggies every day. I just pay more attention, I care more about what’s going into my body.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
Well it doesn’t hurt my joints anymore, for starters. I actually feel like my body can handle it. I push myself so much harder, I’m confident in trying new or harder things, I love the challenge.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Anything is better than nothing. GET UP AND MOVE, no activity is too small to make a difference!
- 70% of weight loss is in the kitchen. Pay attention to what you’re eating, don’t feed yourself crap.
- Find support. There are so many social media presences out there that really want to help you, as an individual person, and want to see you succeed. Don’t be afraid to reach out because you’re embarrassed or ashamed.
- Start TODAY. Do NOT tell yourself “first thing tomorrow” or “right after the holidays”. Do it now, or you never will.
- Love yourself. Love yourself enough to know that you deserve more. Your body deserves better treatment than what you’ve been giving it. Your organs deserve an easier job of taking care of you. Your mind deserves to see yourself in a different way. And YOU deserve to be HEALTHY! Go live a long healthy pain free life, go play with your kids without having to stop because you can’t keep up. Go shopping without feeling like crap about yourself. Go do all those activities you’ve always wanted to but you’re too scared, whether it be because of how you look or if you are fit enough. Give yourself the life you deserve.
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