89 Pounds Lost: 8 YEARS TO LOSE 89 POUNDS BECAUSE I WOULD NOT GIVE UP ON GETTING MY HAPPINESS BACK!
NAME : JENNIFER
BEFORE WEIGHT : 207
AFTER WEIGHT : 118
POUNDS LOST : 89
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I started to develop a weight problem when I became a teenager (13 years old).
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
My weight affected all areas of my life. I became shy and withdrew from social events. I lacked self confidence which led to low self esteem. It was a daily battle pretending to be happy and something I wasn’t.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
The turning point for me were three things! Yes three! My thighs always painfully rubbed together which caused chafing and rashes from the friction of my skin rubbing back and forth. Second, My doctor wrote in my personal file OBESE PREGNANCY. Lastly, I realized through a photograph taken of me by a dear family member what was supposed to be a joyous occasion (a picture of me holding my baby) I hardly recognized who that girl was on the other side. Talk about a WAKE UP CALL three times!!! The universe was speaking to me loud and clear! Do something! You have it in you! Let’s go!
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I started my journey with Weight Watchers on October 2008 and never looked back. I am currently a WW Success Story for 2016 in their January edition magazine! Woo hoo! YES!!! YES!!!! YES!!!!
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
I started to see weight loss efforts gradually. One day at a time. One week at a time. One month at a time and looking back to 8 years and going stronger than ever before!!!
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
I had and still gave MAJOR challenges! In my journey had had two 9 month plateaus, I did not like to exercise, a major autoimmune disease and just the simple lack of learning HOW to be patient during the process of change.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
I wanted SO SO SOOOOOOOOOOO M-A-N-YYYYY times to give up! But every time I did (in my head) I started to turn it around with positive self talk and action. That WAS the hardest most demoralizing thing to do till one day after many times I started believing my own hype! It started to manifest in such ways. Plus I held myself very accountable by weighing in every week at Weight Watchers.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
I hit two weight loss plateaus oddly both 9 months long! I overcame both plateaus by recognizing the fundamental problems. I took a step to the side of myself GOT OUT IF MY OWN WAY and asked for help. AND help did come!
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
It took me 5 years to loose most of the weight and an additional 3 to maintain my loss. During the three year period I lost a bit more to my surprise. 🙂
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
I’ve had millions of NSV’s! I remember the very first one WAS day one in starting to make a change, next it was wow my knees aren’t hurting anyone, my back doesn’t hurt in the bed anymore, Miss I think you need a smaller size said the retail attendant, no more struggling to get the airplane seat belt over my lap while praying not to ask for an extender, playing on the floor with kids and dog, having a CAN DO attitude for the first time in my entire life, feeling confident enough to love what I see looking back at me in the mirror, and most of all reflecting on how much I’ve inspired others.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
The way I ate then was with large portions, very fattening foods, multiple trips back to the stove, pot or bag because twice wasn’t enough! No exercise! I was not hydrating enough. I payed no attention to what I was eating. To mindful eating, tracking, portion control and plenty of healthy foods in unlimited amounts, staying hydrated and moderate exercise. Just being in the know.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
When I was heavier I was very sedintary because it was too uncomfortable to move. I feared it for the fact that with stare at me or make fun of me. And I was just blatantly lazy because of my weight, tired all the time.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Love yourself through every process of the journey!
- Be patient with yourself. It’s one day at a time. One step at a time.
- FORGIVE YOURSELF! There are going to be good days and there are going to be bad days, but I promise you this, if you stick with it and never give up- you will see results from your hard work.
- YOU CAN RESET! Get back up on the horse! AFTER ALL how do you remember learning to ride a bicycle or drive a car? When you ran a stop sign did you just keep going through every single one the rest of the day? Probably not! You can start over every single day even if you’ve messed up. Don’t let a second, minute, hour, day, or week end it for you in achieving your personal goals and dreams! You’re worth more than that.
- Treat yourself with kindness. You have to ask yourself this, “Would you treat a friend like you treat yourself?”
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