I have been overweight since childhood, nothing traumatic happened so I am unsure how my bad relationship to food started. I always seemed to find comfort in food, I was never told not to eat something or had any restrictions. I grew up with a skinny brother and just ate whatever he did, unfortunately I did not have his metabolism.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE? Being overweight gave me social anxiety, I either tended to be quiet and shy or tried to hard to be funny in hopes people would look past my weight and like me. In my late 20’s it affected me the worst as I got to my highest weight, I battled depression and anxiety daily to the point I needed medication and therapy.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY? After having my son whom I tried for over 9 years to have, I just knew it was time to get my life together. I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes and was told due to the fact I was pre diabetic before him and because it runs in my family, chances were much higher for it to stick around after the birth. It was scary and I took it very serious. I needed to be a healthy mama not only for him but for me as well.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? I spent a lot of time looking at different diets, Pinterest was always my go to. At the beginning I was still nursing my son so I wanted to make sure I chose the healthiest approach possible. I threw out everything in my kitchen and started fresh, getting rid of any temptations and only had healthy choices available. I focused more on the food aspect in the beginning but would walk here and there with my son in his stroller.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS? Being as heavy as I was I really didn’t see a change until about the 60lbs mark. Although I felt the change immediatly in my body, less aches and pains and more energy.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART? Pre diabetes, High Cholesterol, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia just to name a few. Support was another big one, my husband has always known food comforts me so when I would have a down day he would get me the food I loved. Bless his heart but it wasn’t helping the situation. I could ask him a million times please so no if I ask you to get me food… he never said no.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING? 2017 was a very challenging year for me, I was overwhelmed with finances and my sons health. I felt like I didn’t have anything under control and the universe was testing my limits in every way. Staying on track with diet and exercise was literally the only thing I had a grasp on. I learned to take my frustrations out at the gym instead of the fridge.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM? The first 3-4 months I had a few hiccups and fell off the wagon, usually only for a week or so. I would lose and gain the same 10lbs. Not until I discovered Keto everything changed. Since then it has been a steady course and I’ve averaged a 2lb loss every week.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT? I am currently on month 13, weight loss has really excelled in the last 6 months.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES? I have many! Ive had to get my ring sized a few times, I no longer worry about doing laundry and putting clothes in the dryer, I can use regular size towels, I actually fit in my tub now and have lots of room to spare. Im still waiting for a plane ride somewhere, being able to fit in the seat with the armrest down and not having to ask for the seatbelt extender is going to be a major NSV for me.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? I was such an emotional eater, sad or happy.. I just loved food. Also I was such a closet eater, in front of people I made it look like I barely ate meanwhile as soon as I’d get home there was no stopping me. I would literally eat to the point of pain because I couldn’t achieve that satisfied feeling.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? There was no physical activity when I was heavier, I often did only things that required sitting. Now I barely sit down! I started off walking around 4 miles 2-3 days a week, now I walk 10-12 miles 6 days a week and run 3 days on top of that. I use a Fitbit to track my steps, daily goal is set at 16,000 and my record this year is 37,035 steps (thats 17.4miles)
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- I have my Fitbit and my phone set to go off at the same time every morning, double alarms do the trick. I never miss a workout.
- I reward myself with pedicures and new clothes when the scale goes down
- I bought a pretty water bottle to encourage me to drink more
- I write in a journal. Keep track of my highs and lows, best moments, what I’m thankful for and most important my goals
- I got rid of cable and the only place to catch up on all my reality show is at the gym.