Before and After PCOS – Jennifer’s 40 Pound Weight Loss Journey
NAME : Chrishaunta
BEFORE WEIGHT : 289
AFTER WEIGHT : 244
POUNDS LOST : 45
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life. When I went to college, I started taking birth control and lost a ton of weight. A few years later, after I stopped the birth control and gained over 50lbs, I was diagnosed with PCOS. I restarted birth control, re-lost the weight, and didn’t think twice.
I was married in 2015, and decided to stop taking birth control. I immediately gained over 50lbs in the matter of months. After leaving the toxic marriage, I decided to commit to losing the weight and loving myself without the help of birth control.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
I am naturally a people person and I LOVE being social. As I kept gaining weight, I suffered from social anxiety and depression. I withdrew from my friends, avoided photos, and hated my body. I was in a very negative place and I didn’t recognize myself physically or emotionally.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
I started and stopped my weight loss journey a million times before now. The “turning point” for me was very random. I was sitting one day and I just realized I stopped loving myself. I was in a toxic relationship, I hated my body, and I couldn’t recognize myself. I decided in that moment, to stop just existing and to really focus on pouring unconditional love into myself.
I committed to creating a life and a body that I was completely in love with.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
The very first steps to my weight loss was accepting that the process what going to be a journey. I decided to let go of the idea of “quick weight loss” or a perfect story. I sat down and started journaling about how I wanted my body to look and how I was going to show myself love.
I also researched medical studies for the best diet for PCOS. I found the keto diet and I researched it around the clock until I understood. I downloaded apps to help me figure out food and exercise like MyFitnessPal and Gym Buddy. I put systems in place in order to help myself be successful.
I created a “relapse prevention plan” to help me when I was tempted.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
Following a ketogenic diet has been wonderful for me. Within a week I started losing weight which helped me to stay committed. Sometimes, I stall in weight loss however, I’ve also had plenty self talks with myself about how I am on a journey and not a sprint to the “finish line”. I take lots of progress pics to keep me motivated.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
A major challenge that I had to overcome was my PCOS. My body didn’t respond to diets and exercise like others and I had to figure out what worked for me. I through myself into educating other women about PCOS and sharing my journey.
I also had to make a really tough decision to leave my marriage. When I committed to my weight loss journey, I also committed to living my best life over all. I knew that I could not be myself in such a toxic environment. It was very scary, but I knew that I deserved to be in a healthy relationship with myself, my partner, and my body.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
I love my instagram and youtube support system, there are about a million screenshots of motivational quotes in my phone, and I have a self love system in place to keep me on track.
I have daily affirmations, I practice visualization, and I keep my vision board on display.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
I’ve had times when I plateaued and stopped losing weight for weeks at a time. I overcome these moments by sticking to the plan, sharing my journey online, being honest with myself, and lots and lots of progress photos.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
It’s taken me about 6 months (of inconsistency) to lose 45lbs. I am excited to see how the next 6 months go.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
I can run again, I feel comfortable in clothes, I’m confident, and greatest of all… I wake up everyday and I am grateful to be alive instead of dreading my life.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
Before I began losing weight, I was a very emotional eater. I would feel bad about myself, and go sit at a buffet for a few hours. I struggled for a long time because I did enjoy “eating clean” however, my body just didn’t respond. It was very difficult losing weight even though I was “eating healthy”.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I’ve always loved running. It helps me clear my head and I love being outdoors. As a reached my highest weight, not only was it uncomfortable for me to run physically, but due to my social anxiety… I constantly worried that people were judging me and watching me.
Now, I’ve started back running, I lift weights in the gym, and I love moving my body. I’m a horrible dancer but it feels good so I do it
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Every morning I talk to myself in the mirror. I look at myself and I say, “girl, you fine”. I dance, I laugh, and I get excited about my day.
- I have reminder alerts set in my phone with my affirmations that randomly go off during the day. This helps me soooo much because I am so easily distracted.
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