Weight Loss Success Story: I Lost 62 Pounds And Reclaimed Me
I was never really a “Normal” sized girl. I hit puberty at 9, so by 11 I looked like a fully grown adult. My weight was pretty consistent in high school. But when the adult years came, all heck broke loose.
One year I’m 190lbs, the next I’m 221lbs then back down to 190lbs. Then of course right back up to 218lbs. And this was at the ages of 24 and 25. I no longer liked what I saw in pictures and in the mirror. It was almost like who is this staring back at me. I would actually try to not look at myself most times or let anyone take pictures of me.
I just felt so uncomfortable in my own skin. I was always sad and depressed. Sometimes I would just beat myself up instead of doing something about it. One day I found this black leather jack I really wanted but could not zip it up. That jacket became my Muze. From that day foward I was determined to reclaim myself.
I started eating healthier, leaving all the bad starches and junk food alone. Breakfast is either oatmeal with fruit toppings, honey and cinnamon or a fruit smoothie or juiced fruit and vegetables or hard boiled eggs, 100% whole wheat toast with honey and some tea . Lunch is a side salad, side of vegetables, with either fish or chicken or a large salad with tuna. If it’s a quick lunch, I’ll have a yogurt and fruit.
Dinner is usually two sides of vegetables or sweet potatoes with either fish, chicken or sometimes beef. For example the other night I made a Pan Seared Salmon with a homemade Teriyaki sauce and sautéed mushrooms, garlic and spinach. So simple but yet so tasty and healthy and quick. For snacks I eat fruits, cheese, olives, nuts, carrots, celery, homemade ice pops with a yogurt filing and my favorite of all 100% whole wheat bread with natural no sugar added peanut butter and bananas and cinnamon.
Once in a while I allow myself a cupcake or pastry, but other than that, when I walk bast the snack aisle in the market, I tell myself NO, turn my head, and keep walking. WIthin about three months I noticed a difference. I then started to walk more. I’d park far from my destination, take the dog on longer walks — I even bought a stationary bike and elliptical. It felt great to start exercising. I started off slow, doing jumping jacks, push ups and using my bike and elliptical. I also love to dance.
May it be Salsa or the Funky chicken, whatever gets your body moving and you into the groove is key. That way you have fun and burn calories at the same time. I have yet to set foot in a gym. Everything was achieved at home. So there is no excuses as to why one cannot work out. Even if you think you don’t have the time, you do.
Just give it at least 20 or 30 minutes a day. I work out for about 1 to 2 hours, 3 – 4 times a week with at least 20 minutes of cardio. Jogging in place, a few reps of jumping jacks, mountain climbers, pushups, sit ups, squats, weight training and/or the use of a stationery machine like a bike or elliptical. I am now 28 and 166lbs (Junior High School weight, yay). I feel like I have been born again.
Never have I felt so alive and ready to take on the world. I would like to share with all those who are trying to lose weight, and tell them that they can definitely do it. They just have to be determined and give it all they have. After all, this is your life you are trying to reclaim. It’s one of the most amazing feelings in the world and if I can do it someone else certainly can.
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