The drive makes you come alive
NAME : Taylor
BEFORE WEIGHT : 263
AFTER WEIGHT : 157
POUNDS LOST : 106
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I’ve had a weight problem my entire life. From elementary school all the way till now
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
I believe it prevented me from feeling confident in myself. Being overweight made me not want to go out places and made me feel like I was always being judged. It showed me that until I lost the weight I would never find a guy who would date me.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
I was extremely uncomfortable with myself and could not handle how I looked anymore. Being 18 years old at the time and never having a boyfriend or anyone who was interested in you was very sad.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
To get started I started cutting out sugars and sweets and simply going to the gym 30 minutes a day.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
I began to see results right away, even if they were small changes.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
The challenges I had to overcome was being scared that I would never succeed with losing weight no matter what.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
There was always times I wanted to give up. Especially when you step on the scale and go up a few pounds. What kep me going was that in order to see the results I wanted to see I had to work for it. Another thing that kept me going was my family. They always encourage me and help keep me focused
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
I hit plateaus at about 50 pounds lost , 93 pounds lost , and now at 106 pounds lost. To overcome them I had to workout harder or change my routine. For example switch up the foods I was eating and start lifting weights
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
It took me about 2 years
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
Yes. I lost inches, I felt way more confident, I fit into a lot more clothes, and I can exercise a whole lot more without getting tired
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
Now I eat no sugars or sweets and only eat things that are healthy. I drink a lot more water as well. Before I would eat everything in sight and fast food like it was my job
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I can workout for like 3 hours compared to the half hour I used to be able to work out for
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Drink water
- Increase vegetables and protein
- No matter what the scale says keep going
- If someone tells you you can’t do it, show them that you can
- If the journey does not challenge you, it will not change you
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