98 Pounds Lost: Heather Does Life
NAME : Heather
BEFORE WEIGHT : 295
AFTER WEIGHT : 198
POUNDS LOST : 98
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
I was a recluse. I only left my home for work, as it was necessary to support my family. I stood in the shadows for years. Only after finding freedom from years of morbid obesity have I been able to step into the light and experience life.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
At 31 years old, I felt like I was dying. My BMI was 57, I was extremely hypertensive and my resting heart rate was in the 150’s. Some nights, laying in bed, I would have chest pain. I offended wondered if I would love through the night. One day I saw a picture of me, and I no longer recognized the woman I had become.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I decided to commit to a lifestyle change. I was going to give myself one year to lose 100 pounds. If , at the end of one year, I wasn’t successful, I was going to try weight loss surgery. I started counting the days and just…kept counting. I’ll keep counting forever I think.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
Within one week. I went from binging on tens of thousands of calories several times a week to eating around 1200 calories. The deficit was large enough to really take off the weight quickly at first.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
I work in healthcare. I’m a nurse at a doctors office. I’d have to say that it’s incredible to see how poor the nutrition of the staff is. Everywhere one turns, there’s a cake, or piece of candy, or drug reps bringing in party pizzas and trays of cookies. Being able to say “no” when offered a sweet treat was and continues to be my biggest challenge.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
I’ve never wanted to give up. There are days when it might seem easier to give in, but I don’t. My life is on the line, and I want to love to be an old lady and finally be eccentric
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
I haven’t yet any plateaus really. If I notice my weight loss starts to slow down, I really take a look at my nutrition and exercise and see if I have become too relaxed or lazy. I’ll make sure to measure/weigh/track every single bite.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
Almost 7 months
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
Nearly every day. The first time I could bend over and lace my shoes, it was beautiful. I’d don’t from being short of breath when talking to being able to tie my shoes.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
Very high in protein, healthy fats, and cruciferous veggies
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I’m able to be more active because it doesn’t hurt to move! I could walk for hours.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Track track track.
Plan out your meals and track them before you eat them. If it doesn’t fit in your macros , don’t eat it.
Write down what you’re going through. If you have a sudden urge to eat something and there is no legitimate physiological reason for you to eat, try writing. Writing your feelings instead of eating them is a way to think of it.
- Be vocal!
If someone offers you something that doesn’t fit into your lifestyle, educate them as to why. Tell them that you’ve made a change and why it’s important to you.
- Argue with yourself
This may sound silly, but it’s something that I do on a daily basis! There have been times when it’s been second nature for me to come home and open the fridge and look for something to shove in my mouth. I will say, out loud, “Heather, you are NOT hungry. It is NOT meal time. Find something else to do”.
It works for me!
- Don’t Quit.This has been my mantra. I repeat it over and over and over. Somedays suck. Somedays are smooth sailing. Not once have a I regretted starting, and I refuse to quit. So…Don’t quit.
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