HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE? I could never find anything nice to wear in a size that I was comfortable with, because I refused to cross over to the plus size racks. I had gotten to a point where I was only wearing leggings or yoga pants. I never wanted to go out, because I didn’t have clothes that fit properly, and if I did, I’d sit in a corner. I was miserable, self-conscious, and I had such low self-esteem.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY? I was miserable, lazy, and nobody ever had anything good to say about me or the way I looked. I was extremely depressed because of my injury and my weight, and I honestly hated my life. I had two options. One was to continue eating until I killed myself, or to lose weight, change my life, and become healthy.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? I signed up to do the TLS 21-Day Challenge to kickstart my weightloss and cleanse my body. I cut out the midnight snacking and sugary drinks, and I learned to eat healthy. I fell off for several months, and when I got back into it I went hard. I was meal prepping, eating on a schedule, and training hard in the gym. Haven’t looked back since.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS? When I first started, it took me a couple of months to see changes, because I was not working out at all. I was recovering from my injury, so I wasn’t cleared for physical activity. When I restarted in July, I started feeling results almost immediately, but it took some time for me to see results. I’d see it in pictures or clothes, but not when I looked in the mirror.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART? I had to overcome an injury, and I am struggling a lot financially, so the lack of funds is hard, but I am trying to make things work, because my health is important.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING? I’ve wanted to give up multiple times. Positive self-taught and having people tell me that I inspired them keep me going. I have never felt this good in my life, so I can’t give up.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM? Not so much a plateau, but after losing 24 lbs I turned back to food, and gained 13 lbs back over a few months. I finally snapped out of it because I hated looking in the mirror and my biggest sizes were getting tight again.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES? Getting into smaller sizes/bigger sizes getting loose, seeing muscle definition/growth, being able to do more reps at the gym or do things I could never do at one point, etc.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? I thought I was healthy because I would have salads a few days a week, however my salads were packed with fried chicken cutlets, cheeses, croutons, dressing, etc. I worked at a diner, so I would eat French fries and have milkshakes almost everyday, not to mention the pancakes and French toast I’d have a few times a week. Ice cream was my go to, so I would have it several nights a week, and I’d never leave the store without candy or chocolate.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? I was lazy when I was heavier. If I went to the gym, it was only 1 day a week, or 2 on a rare occasion. I would do anything that was easy so that I didn’t have to push myself or get sore. Now I train at least 4 times a week, 6 on a good week. I was initially just strength and weight training, but I recently started incorporating cardio and some Barre classes here and there to work on my core.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Meal prepping saved me. My coworkers always order out, and there are always snacks at work. Having prepped lunches saved me money, and I don’t give in to all the bad stuff or temptations at work because I don’t want to waste the food I bring with me.
- When water gets boring, I drink tea throughout the day. I buy loose leaf tea, so that I can make my own flavors to mix things up.
- I make different protein shakes that are kind of like imitation milkshakes, I freeze them, and I drink them when they’re thawing, and they taste like actual milkshakes.