I Lost 96 Pounds: Melody Loses Weight And Becomes An Inspiration To Her Daughters
I started to develop a serious weight problem after the birth of my son. I have always had issues with my weight but not as severe as I did after having him. Even though I breast fed him for 13 months, I was still very overwhelmed and overweight.
NAME : Melody
BEFORE WEIGHT : 289.9
AFTER WEIGHT : 193.4
POUNDS LOST : 96
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
My weight affected me in ways many would not imagine. I would be invited to go places, I would decline or just not show up. I started to keep to myself. I had even given up on job opportunities because my weight kept me from feeling qualified.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
The turning point for me was when I just felt like not being the person I was anymore. I knew there had to be more to life then the overweight unhealthy body I was in. I knew I had to be an example to my growing daughters and teach them not only how to love themselves but take good care of their bodies from within.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
My very first step was to join my local Planet Fitness gym. I have always been one to gain weight and loss weight. I was a professional yoyo dieter. The gym was never a problem for me but what mattered most, (the nutrition) was a huge issue. I had to realize I was no longer in my twenties. I could not eat what I wanted workout and still lose weight.
Sadly I found out the hard way, that after 30 you got to work for it and work hard. Once I realized that Planet Fitness gave its members pizza on Friday’s, which was very conterproductive to my goals. I moved on to a more elite gym such as xsport fitness here in Chicago. I loss my first 20 pounds at planet fitness but I needed more.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
When I started to take my journey seriously and push all the other barriers aside I began to see change. It took me 11 months to get down to the 96 pounds. I am still pushing for 45 more.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
All my challenges were mentally. Not having support from anyone other than myself at times. I think people watched me do it time and time again so they did not realize how much of a struggle this time it was for me.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
I wanted to give up so many times but I felt I owed it to myself to be victorious for me. I had been victorious for my spouse and my children it was my turn to focus on a win for me.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Yes I hit plateaus every 30 pounds for some reason. I think it was my bodies way of saying work harder and that’s what I did.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
11 months and I’m still counting.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
Yes when my daughter and I got into a pair of size 24 pants I use to wear we both cried. I think she cried cause I cried so hard and she said I’m so happy for you. I want to be just like you mom, you are the strongest person I know.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I ate out all the time. Ordered out like crazy on weekends and never even read the label of my foods. I did not care, if it looked good I ate it and if my kids wanted it we got it. We I think back to how badly I ate then, I literally get disgusted.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
Now I walk on the stair master on level 5-8 for 30-45 min. I initially could not even complete level 1 without leaning over or staying on for more than 30 min.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Face what brought you to where you are and be honest about what that is.
- Stop making excuses. Excuses only hurt the person making them.
- Surround yourself with people on the same journey as you. You can’t hang out with the crew that eats out every weekend and think your goals will be met.
- Stay positive. As long as you know you are putting in the work and medically you have no issues, the scale is just a number. Don’t let it defined your progress every step of the way.
- Hold yourself accountable. Put it out their in social media. Now you have told the world you are making a change and they will be expecting it. Accountability will keep you on track.
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