112 Pounds Lost: Former Binge Eater Discovers Bariatric Tool to Regain Life
NAME : Jessica
BEFORE WEIGHT : 312lbs
AFTER WEIGHT : 200lbs
POUNDS LOST : 112lbs (so far!)
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
My weight has always been a problem. I can remember being a young girl and my dad trying to bribe me into losing weight. A laptop for 20lbs, money to go to the gym with him, etc. My mom has an open door policy with the kitchen. We could eat whatever and whenever we wanted.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
I was always a self-conscious person, and I still am. When I was a freshman in college, I hid away in my dorm room. I could hardly get myself to leave even for classes. I was probably suffering from undiagnosed depression because i was too embarrassed to even be seen by a doctor.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
My “rock bottom” was when I reached my highest weight of over 300lbs. I stopped getting my periods, my body felt like it wasn’t my own. I felt trapped in a shell that was myself.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
In January 2014, I started researching bariatric surgery. May 2014, I asked my PCP for a referral to my health plan’s bariatric program.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
It was a few months in and I started noticing my clothes fitting differently. I struggle even now to not see myself as the 300lb person I was. My before photos help me to see how far I have really come.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
I had to get past my own belief that I would fail as well as family/friends thinking that I would stay the same. I had always dieted and nothing ever changed enough. Getting over that mindset was my first step sign of success.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
No, With every pound I lose, I am motivated more and more.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
About nine months in and 80lbs down, I stopped losing weight. It turned out that I was having a complication from my first surgery and required a second surgery to fix the issues.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
I have lost 2/3 of my excess weight in about 2 years. I still have about 50lbs to my goal weight, but I am constantly readjusting my goals as I go.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
Tons! Airplanes are much more comfortable, I like shopping for clothes now, I can cross my legs, I can play with my nephews and dogs, and much more!
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I used to binge eat, and hide it from everyone. I would get fast food and throw away the evidence. I like all foods, healthy food, junk food, good food, bad good. I love it all.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
When I was over 300lbs, even walking was a struggle. Now I try to get as much “accidental exercise” as I can. I park the car further away, I take the stairs, I walk the halls and get up from my desk as much as I can.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Silicone baking cups/liners have been a huge help for meal preps and portioning out foods. They are awesome for nuts, cheese, etc.
- Invest in tools to help meal prep, ie. crock pot, meal prep containers, low calorie/no calorie flavors/seasonings.
- Find something that works for you, that you will consistently do and do that! You don’t have to do what someone else is doing to succeed.
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