Real Weight Loss Success Stories: Gina Lost 90 Pounds And Fights Her Binge Eating Disorder
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
As a child, I think because my parents were drug addicted and food was my entertainment.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
I always thought people were talking about me or whispering about how fat I was. I never wanted to do anything but eat, shop for food, go out to eat and then go back home. I was embarrassed to go to school dances because I was so much bigger than everyone else and I got called names like “tub o lard” and “concrete log”.
NAME : Gina
BEFORE WEIGHT : 227
AFTER WEIGHT : 137
POUNDS LOST : 90
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
I lost about 30 pounds without trying from middle school to high school, I think from finally getting out and doing more. To being away from my parents and the drugs! When I started working at an old folks home at the age of 18, I stepped on the scale and I weighed 197. And I never wanted to be 200 pounds again! After weighing over 200 pounds for a good 4 years of my kid life, I didn’t want to experience that again. That’s what triggered my journey of actually trying.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
First, I cut out all caloric drinks. Only water and black coffee. I lost a good 15 pounds doing that. Then I quit junk food. I lost another 30 doing that. I maintained for awhile and the weight wasn’t coming off so I started eating healthy meals. I did not work out one bit. I am now in the process of strength training and I walk 3 miles a day, 4 days a week.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
I noticed right away. ‘You are what you eat’ is an understatement! I felt slimmer right away and others started noticing within the first month!
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
Old habits are hard to break. Eating was my worst bad habit that I had. Not being able to stop when I was full and to stop turning to food for emotional comfort.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
Yes I did. I always had to tell myself, “whatever food I want to eat now, will be there later.. and chances are, when later comes I won’t even want it anymore. That’s the best tool that helped me.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Yes I did. As I mentioned above, I hit a plateau when my body got used to my new way of eating and drinking. I had to really buckle down on what was healthy and what wasn’t. I would allow myself one meal a day that wasn’t the healthiest but also not the worst for me!
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
After I actually started trying, it took me about 8 months to lose most of my weight.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
So many! Not being embarrassed to walk in front of a crowd is my favorite one! Finding clothes that I love without having to try them on! Looking at a size medium shirt knowing it will fit even if that brand runs a little small… is the best feeling!
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I am a bad binge eater. When I was bored I ate, when I was happy I ate. My dad held a job no matter how bad his drug problem got. He was what I call a “functional” tweaker. He would call me after work and ask if I was hungry and I would tell him yes even tho I had just eaten. I would order 2 double cheeseburgers and a medium fry every other day for years that was my menu! I would eat snack cake after snack cake.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I used to hate working out because everything was so hard for me. I would get out of breath easily and so tired.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Begin with the end in mind. This is actually in a self help book I read called “7 habits of highly successful people”.
- Act like you already have what it is you want. Attitude is everything and there is power with speaking things into exsistence.
- Don’t weigh yourself everyday! This can be very discouraging as weight fluctuates so much through out the day.
- Stay positive! I know it can be hard but smile through the BS.
- Don’t compare yourself to others! Everyone has a different journey. Don’t deprive yourself!
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