I have always been overweight, probably since kindergarten. I’ve never ever been able to wear a two piece bathing suit. I can remember getting my license and thinking ‘This is awesome, I don’t have to tell anyone that I am going to McDonalds’ because I could drive my own car. My whole life was focused around what meal I was going to eat next. During college, when I was really on my own and in a toxic relationship, was when I really gained most of my weight. I was always around 250 pounds during high school, and throughout the duration of college I gained over 100 pounds.
NAME : Christine
BEFORE WEIGHT : 351.2
AFTER WEIGHT : 222 and counting
POUNDS LOST : 129.2
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE? My weight affected every aspect of my life. I wouldn’t go to certain places because I was afraid of the stairs and the walk to get to any destination. My weight defined who I was as a person. I settled for a toxic relationship with a person because I didn’t feel worthy of more. I feel like I missed out on part of my life, because I would have to say no to anything that involved activity.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY? I tried out for the Biggest Loser season 15 two years ago. I didn’t get past the second round, and I was devestated because I thought that this was going to be my defining moment, where I could show the world that I could change my life. I think I even ate fast food on my way home from the casting, terrible! After that, I got a membership at a local gym, started eating better and working out slowly. I decided to end my relationship and move back to my home town, and restart my life. I was still working out and dieting, but giving half my heart and effort to it. A friend of mine was working at an Ideal Protein clinic close to my town, and she kept asking if I would ever come to a seminar to see what the program was about. I put it off for months, saying I didn’t need that, I didn’t need “weight watchers”, I was doing “Christine watches what she eats…” That wasn’t working.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? I decided after months of my friend showing me pictures of people from her clinic, and researching the program, that it was my time. I went to my first appointment, and haven’t looked back. It’s now been nine months of daily efforts and self control.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS? I would say it took about a month to see small results, and by three months, everyone had noticed changes in my body. I continue to see small changes in my body as I continue on this journey.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART? The biggest thing I needed to overcome was being in social settings and not indulging. I have never let my “diet” interfere with my social life. I practive self control and willpower when I go out to dinner or out with my friends. I had to overcome the urge to drive by a fast food restuarant and not pull in and get food. That has been the hardest thing, but now, if I were to put that food in my body I would become so sick that it’s not worth it.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING? I can’t say that I ever wanted to give up. There has been days where I’ve wanted to go into the pantry at my job and eat everything in there, but I haven’t. When I began loosing weight, I made a pact with myself that I would let myself have a cheat day every three months. So now, when I feel like giving up, I look at the countdown on my phone to see how long it is until my next cheat day. Other than the three times I have planned to have a cheat day, I have not deviated from my weight loss regiment.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM? I have not hit any plateaus, I have continued to loose between 2-6 pounds per week for the last 36 weeks.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT? I have been on this lifestyle change for 36 weeks, and I have lost weight every week. So in nine months, I have lost 130 pounds and would still like to loose about 60 pounds.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES? I find non-scale victories all the time. ALL the time! I document them in my instagram page, where I have documented my weight loss journey. I would say my first HUGE NSV was fitting in a airplane seatbelt without an extension. Another one is being able to get into my friend’s car, and not having to worry about if the seatbelt will fit. I have gone from a size 28 to a 14, so shopping in the “normal section” of stores, and not the plus size section has been euphroic! There are non-scale victories all the time for me, it’s amazing!
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? Before I started losing weight, I would sleep in until around 12pm, be to work for 2pm, and probably eat my first large meal around 4, and would have another large, carb filled meal at 10pm, and snack throughout the day. Now, I eat about six times a day, starting when I get up at 8am. I eat small portions throughout the whole day now, and I am never hungry.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? My physical activity has increased 100% since I started loosing weight. Before, it hurt for me to stand more than 20 minutes. Now, I work two jobs where I am very active. I work in a kindergarten class in the mornings, where I am always doing something with my students. At my full time job, I work at a therapeutic group home with troubled teens, where I am always challenging them to dance off’s on the wii, bringing them for hikes, or taking classes at the local YMCA. I have also been active on my own, finding new places to hike, being able to walk up flights of stairs without fears, and even climed a local mountain recently!
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- This works from the head down. You must be mentally ready to change your life, for it to become a long and fulfilling life.
- Meal Prep!!! I make all my meals for the whole week on Sunday afternoons. It keeps me on track and accountable.
- Find what works for you. I am on a certain program that works for me, and I know it would work for many if you dedicate yourself to it, but I believe that everyone makes their own choices on how to loose weight.
- Get a step tracker! I have a jawbone that counts my steps and tracks my sleep. I challenge myself daily with new goals.
- water, Water, WATER!!! Drink water all day. As a treat to myself, I buy myself a new water bottle about once a month, so I get excited to drink my water. Buy some funky colored, big water bottles!!