I’ve struggled with how I looked, specifically my weight for as long as I remember, even in grade school. I was always a “chunky” kid. In middle school I started walking everyday and lost about 5 lbs, but the I wanted to lose more. I became borderline anorexic. I would go to school and not eat breakfast or lunch, come home and have a tint salad and then eat dinner so that my mom wouldn’t notice. When I got to highschool things went the completely opposite direction, I strated getting sodas and pizza pockets everyday after school and became an emotional eater. Even though I was dancing everyday the weight came on quickly.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE? I simply never felt confident whether I was under or over weight. When I was underweight I still legitimately thought that I was “fat”, and of course when I was overweight I knew I was. I was always lethargic and not excited about life as a young woman.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY? Finally at the end of my senior year of high school I knew that I wanted to feel confident heading to college. I simply started walking every morning and eating healthier. When I came to college I went back to eating like crap, I was going out with friends and living off dorm food and the big gym at my university seemed intimidating, but two months ago in March I realized that I was worth more than what I was giving myself, that I deserved to be happy and healthy. I simply made a choice.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? I began going to the gym every morning at least 4 days a week but up to 6. I go at least 5 days a week now. It was a lot of trial and error. I figured out what calorie amount was right for my body, and fill my body with nutritious foods to reach it. It’s a constant learning curve.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS? I won say after about a month of seriously working out and tracking my food. I noticed clothes getting a little loser. After two months I definitely knew there was a difference, but I had no idea how big until I compared pictures.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART? I’m a college student living in the dorms. I have to be very creative when ordering food. I don’t have access to a kitchen, and I’m busy. BUT it IS possible. I order salads, or a “burger” with no bun and nothing on it with veggies instead of fries.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING? I have a fear that someday I MAY want to, but I haven’t yet. Once I saw results I knew I had to keep going.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM? After about a month I hit a small plateau, I just didn’t see things happening. I started an awesome shake system that really gave my body great nutrients and helped with bloat.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT? 2 months
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES? My clothes getting loser and fitting better has been an amazing feeling. I feel less winded walking to class, and I literally have people tell me that I look so healthy.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? I used to just eat whatever and I realized you just can’t do that in today’s world. I eat a nutritious breakfast, a small snack, a nutritious lunch that is usually a shake, another small snack and dinner. I try not to eat too late at night and I don’t waste calories on drinks very often.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? I truly enjoy seeing what my body can do now and I don’t feel uncomfortable at the gym.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Find your motivation. I’ve never felt comfortable in a bikini and I finally decided that this summer was going to be different.
- Find healthy food YOU enjoy. I say someone on instagram post once that they were eating tuna because it was healthy even though it almost made them puke. That is SO ridiculous. There are TONS of healthy choices out there.
- Know that YOU deserve this. Finding my self worth truly got me started on this journey.
- Surround yourself with people who support you. Don’t be afraid to let go of people who don’t understand your journey. Bettering yourself in anyway should never be ruined by others, and if they don’t support you they don’t deserve to be in your life!
- Understand that this is a process. You will get frustrated, but in the end it will be worth it.