96 Pounds Lost: Giving That Extra Weight and Anxiety an Eviction Notice!
NAME : Jessica
BEFORE WEIGHT : 251
AFTER WEIGHT : 155
POUNDS LOST : 96
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I started developing a weight problem in middle school when I quit martial arts and did not change my eating habits.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
I was always so self consious of my appearance. I would wear long sleeve shirts during the summer time. I always hated gym class because I was afraid of being out of shape or judged by other people. I developed anxiety as a preteen and was constantly worrying about everything, a d that followed me into my adult life.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
After I finished college and balooned up to 250 pounds and had failed at yo yo dieting and exercising several times I finally went to a nutritionist and decided it was time to change forever. I was 21 at the time.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I went to a certified nutrinoist who taught me the ways of nutrition and the right ways to eat. After this I started to add in exercise.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
Immediately. I saw results within the first week. I was committed and followed the plan exactly as instructed.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
At first it was very overwhelming finding foods that had the right amounts of protein, calories, and can counts. Aft er the first few weeks I really got the hang of it, a d the results became addicting.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
I never wanted to give up. I craved the healthy food. I didn’t even wa t the cheat meals. I kept going because I was done being the fat person. I wanted to make something of my life. I had that fire in my soul and there was no stopping me. Other people tried to sabotage me and tell me it’s okay to have cheat meals, but it’s important to listen to your own instincts.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
I did when I started adding in weight training. Thus is normal. Just keep going. I increased water intake and stayed the course. Changed up my workout routines. Even though the scale seemed to stay the same I was still losing inches.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
I lost the majority of the weight in 9 months.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
Yes. I run several miles now without stopping. I enlisted in the US Navy. I a so incredibly proud of myself and feel so homered to serve this country!
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I eat lean protein. I eat a low carb diet and I eat 5 small meals a day. I am very strict with portion control. Before I had no regards to calories, carbs, sugar, protien, portions, any of that.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I exercise 3 to 5 times a week. I mix it up between cardio and weight training. Before I had fallen into a sedentary lifestyle.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- You can not out train a bad diet.
- A year from now you will have wished you started today.
- Put sugar free crystal light in a gallon of water to keep your water intake up.
- Start out with changing your diet, and then add in exercise. Don’t change everything at once because it might be too much at once and you want to set yourself up for success.
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