93.5 Pounds Lost: Wanted my life back!
NAME : Kim
BEFORE WEIGHT : 301
AFTER WEIGHT : 207.5
POUNDS LOST : 93.5
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I started gaining a lot of weight within a couple years of getting married, so around 1995.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
My weight affected nearly every aspect of my life. At my highest weight I hated my husband and wanted a divorce, but truly, I hated myself. I am so glad I did not throw my 20+ year marriage away!
I work at Starbucks and that was becoming a major struggle. I was sweating profusely, embarrassed on a daily basis. My heart was just pounding. I just could not do what was expected of me. I felt like such a failure.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
The turning point was when I had to have surgery for a torn meniscus December 2014. It initially took away the pain and problems but a few months later I began to have pain again. I had an x ray and was told I have pretty bad arthritis and some point soon I’d have to have knee replacement. Hell no! I discussed with my surgeon the impact of weight loss. And he said “certainly isn’t going to make it worse” duh? Lol
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
My surgeon suggested weight loss surgery, specifically the vertical sleeve. At the time I was against weight loss. I decided to do some research. Went to a seminar and decided this might help me. It didn’t sound like the easy way out, just a tool to help me. I also started to see a nutritionist and set goals to change my bad habits.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy on 9/23. Prior to surgery I had lost roughly 20-25 pounds. After weight loss surgery I dropped weight pretty fast. This allowed me to get moving! It’s only been about 6 months and I’ve lost 93.5 pounds. But it isn’t about the number. I feel like an entirely different person. I like what I see looking back at me. Happy and confident!
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
This is a lifelong journey. There are things to overcome on a regular basis 🙂
But I would say my biggest hurdle was getting my husband’s support. He didn’t even approve the day of surgery. But now even his life has changed for the better. We work out TOGETHER!!NO
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
Some days are harder than others, but no, the way I feel is better than a Big Mac tastes.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
I have recently started to hit a stall. I have counted my calories since day one. I have mostly done weight training and my plan is to kick up the cardio.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
Not done. Have approximately 60 more pounds till my goal weight.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
So so many! Just went on an airplane, had tons of room in the seat belt. I can now pass my co-workers with out bumping booties. Not afraid of what I’ll see in a photo of myself, actually think I look quite pretty. Really, too many to name.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
A lot less. More protein. No bad carbs. As much water as I can drink in between meals.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
Through the roof! No longer binge watching Netflix, lol
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Never quit!
- Count calories.
- Track your activities to see how many calories you burn.
- Don’t by into fads. Do what you can do forever. Not temporary things.
- Never quit! Oh did I already say that?
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