Real Weight Loss Success Stories: Lisa Dropped 50 Pounds And Is Not Looking Back
Lisa used Calorie Count to lose the final 50 lbs. in her weight loss journey, and still logs every day to stay accountable. We checked in with Lisa for our Where Are They Now? Series to see how she’s enjoying her new, healthy lifestyle, and she’s doing great!
Lisa has been maintaining her weight for 2.5 years, she’s added strength training to her routine, and her whole family has become more active. And while maintaining is a challenge in itself, she says it’s easier than being unhealthy. Read on to see how Lisa is doing and how she maintains a healthy weight.
Refresh our memory, what was your “Aha moment” which inspired you to lose weight in the first place? How did you decide what your weight loss goal should be?
In 2003, after the birth of my youngest, I weighed 335 pounds. I struggled to do anything physical and just wanted a change after being overweight for all my life, so I finally moved my butt off the sofa and got busy. It took me about a year to go from 335 to 250 or so, then another year to drop another 50. I was stuck around 200 for a few years because I stopped trying so hard, so I never gained much weight back, but also never lost any.
When I quit smoking in 2010, I gained 10 pounds and it scared me. That’s when it all fell into place for me. I found Calorie Count and started logging all my meals. I also joined a gym and started running. I never really knew what I wanted my goal weight to be. When I got to 180, I was happy but the weight continued to drop, so every 10 pounds was a new goal. I got to 145 and people started telling me I was looking too thin so that is when I adjusted into maintenance mode.
Were you worried about weight maintenance? What did the transition look like from weight loss to maintenance? What helped you during that time?
Maintenance is when the real work began! I had read all about maintaining, but I think it’s different for everyone and you just have to find your own groove. I am still looking for mine after 2.5 years! Through it all I have never stopped logging my weight with CC, it keeps me accountable and helps educate me on what I can and can’t do.
I went a year of maintaining before I decided to start strength training. I had never done any sort of strength training in my life. The only exercise I did was all from my waist down, i.e. running, spinning, etc., so when I started strength training I only focused on my upper body, and still do. I have been strength training for over a year and have gone from 145 to 155-160 pounds. Watching my weight go up has not been an easy thing to accept, but I do know that it’s muscle, and I know I feel better than I have ever felt. I learn and read and log and educate myself all the time.
What new healthy habits have evolved in the past year? What else can you tell us about your journey?
My lifestyle has changed completely in the last 4 years. I am now running over 5 miles. I bike 11 miles to/from work every day. I go to the gym 4-5 days a week. I even got my husband to start biking to work, and now my 11-year-old daughter is able to run a mile and/or 20 minutes straight! A proud moment for both of us. It really helps to have my family’s support.
As for eating! I love cooking and am always and forever looking for healthier options. My meals are delicious and healthy and most of the time my family is none the wiser that I have put half the cheese in one of their favorite casseroles, or used yogurt instead of cream, etc.
What are the most challenging aspects of maintaining your weight? What aspects are even more difficult than during a weight loss phase?
Most people who are maintaining will tell you it’s not easy and I agree, but I will tell you it’s much easier than being unhealthy. I love how I feel every morning when I wake up. Every time I excel or go that bit further or lift that bit more than I did the week before, is the most amazing feeling and surpasses any hardship from maintaining.
What advice would you give to people as they are losing or maintaining weight loss?
For those of you who are adjusting from losing to maintaining, never lose focus on where you have come from and where you want to be. Yes, you can “let your hair down,” and relax a bit more, but never stop educating yourself and never stop trying to go further and make yourself better. Don’t get lazy again!
Any favorite tips?
Keep eating your fruits and vegetables, keep taking those vitamins, keep drinking that water.
Blueberries and green tea are a must!
A good night’s sleep is a must!
Decide upon your major, definitive purpose in life and then organize all your activities around it.
Losing weight is hard, maintaining weight is hard. But staying overweight is hardest. Choose your hard!
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