I’ve never been a thin person. I’m what my grandmother called “big boned”, but I’ve always been active. Five years ago, I developed hypothyroidism, and gained 40 pounds, after that, I just stopped weighing. I have no idea what my heaviest weight was.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE? My weight affected every aspect of my life. My knees took the most abuse. I tried to keep up with an exercise regimen, but I could barely climb stairs. I couldn’t keep up with the rest of my family.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY? As the old saying goes, I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I was fed up with the joint pain, being out of breath all the time, and overall poor health. I knew I had to change or I would have a short life.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? I started with small changes. I stopped drinking soda, and increased my water intake. I stopped eating highly processed food, and started eating lean protein, fruits, and veggies.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS? I started seeing results pretty quickly. I made the decision early on to avoid dieting. To me, a diet has an ending point, and I knew that I had to make a permanent lifestyle change.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM? I’m currently experiencing a plateau, and I’m completely ok with that. If I don’t lose another pound, I have made such a drastic change to my health, that any further weight loss would just be a bonus!
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT? I started this journey in January.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? I used to crave pizza every day. There is a local pizza place that has a huge buffet, and I would eat a huge salad, six slices of pizza, and dessert. Now, if we go out for pizza, I eat a salad with oil and vinegar, and one slice of thin crust. I still get to enjoy pizza, but in a much healthier way.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? I’ve gone from becoming winded walking through the grocery store, to walking five miles a day, weight lifting three days a week, and playing tennis! My family has trouble keeping up with me now!
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Don’t diet! Diets are temporary, and are full of limitations and punishments. Instead, focus on making lifestyle changes that stick.
- Love yourself enough to change. Stop beating yourself up for your failures, and appreciate your body so much that you want to take care of it.
- Never give up! If something isn’t working, find something that does. That goes for nutrition and exercise. Everyone is different, and you have to find what works for you.