My weight issues have always been around. I remember being very young and not shopping at Limited Too because they didn’t have my size. I was always drinking strawberry milk as a kid. McDonald’s was something I would literally cry for!
NAME : Marlyn
BEFORE WEIGHT : 307
AFTER WEIGHT : 187
POUNDS LOST : 120
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE? I was always very shy, insecure, quiet. I spent a lot of time alone. Now I am definitely confident and much more social.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY? I got sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I had tried many times and failed. I decided I would stop just trying and actually do it! Watching many people do it on social media inspired me to get it done myself. The best part was I was able to make a career out of my journey.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? I simply started watching my calories and walking. Replaced soda for water. I learned how to find a balance and eat healthy 6 days out of the week instead of 1 or 2.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS? My first 30 days I lost 15lbs following my program that I now help others too. I also had a ton more energy after changing my eating habits.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART? Fortunately I was never borderline of any medical issues. My family did support me. I had to distance myself from a couple social activities because they included a lot of drinking and fried food. I was really clear that I couldn’t be around certain situations until I got myself under control.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING? I kept myself motivated by being around motivated people. Of course there were days I wanted to give in but I would try on old clothes. Look up motivational posts and quotes online. I would write my emotions down and rip the paper up. That always helps.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM? I kept going. I don’t believe in plateaus. We have to keep going!
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT? 15 months
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES? Dropped over 10 pant and dress sizes. I was able to do so things I never did before. So confident. Able to shop. Wearing a two piece bikini! Fitting in a roller coaster. Buckling the airplane seatbelt.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? Super emotional eater, always ate fast food. I would eat just to eat. To this day I still have a hard time eating veggies but I lost weight! I am not perfect on the journey but I have not quit.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? I truly did not enjoy working out at first. I would walk. I never liked running, still don’t.. lol but now I consider myself somewhat of an athlete when it comes to certain workouts. I really enjoy HIIT and weight training.I have a love for cardio too. The treadmill, stair master or cycling!!
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Track your calories!!!
- Plan your day ahead of time. Such as before bed leave your meals and clothes ready.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself. Results that are meant to last take time.
- Drink water or eat an apple. If not, you aren’t hungry.
- Stop watching others do it, and do it too!!