I gained the typical “freshman 15”. College was new, partying was not. I drank a lot, which resulted in poor food choices and thousands of calories. Well, lo & behold this partying resulted in a pregnancy and OOPS, lets just say I packed on another 65lbs. The day my son was born, I weighed in at 225lbs of miserable in her own skin, new momma, weight.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE? I was on cloud 9 being a momma, and as all mommas will agree, you just run out of time in the day to take care of yourself. Convenient meals, lack of sleep and energy to excersize, I was struggling to maintain my composure as I bought baggier shirts and bigger pants. I was also struggling in my relationship. Here I was at the ripe age of 20 and I HATED my body. Thus leading to depression and anxiety, BAD.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY? I remember going on our first family vacation, our son was about 7 months old, and we were in California. It was about 100 degrees each day and we had family all around and fun to be had! Where was I when we went to the beach? All covered up and refusing to get in the water and play with my son on the shore. That was my low. Here I am experiencing some incredible family time and I couldn’t even emerge myself in the moment because I was not about to be in a swimsuit in front of all these people. I am from Hawaii, and basically grew up in a swim suit and shorts. This was a low, I knew something had to be done.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? I started following motivational instagram pages, and I came across who was going to be coach, instagram page. T25 had just come out and I was ready to try something NEW. SO I ordered.
Once I started drinking Shakeology and doing the new 21 Day fix program i was hooked. I was seeing results I had never sen before. This was when I decided to become a coach. I was in this for the long haul.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS? It only took a few days of clean eating and excursive and I felt less bloated, more energy, and that just spiraled into more and more motivation.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART? Food was a drug for me. I ate it when I was happy, sad, anxious, mad, you name it, food was there for me. Getting together with a girlfriend? Lunch it was! Celebrating? Dinner and drinks for us!
I also make a very low salary working with troubled teens at a high school and money was definitely an issue
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING? I had my slip ups. I had bad days where I would hide in my kitchen and eat cookie after cookie that my husband kept stashed in the cupboard. Did I admit it? Never, this was a private battle I faced. But Those days did;t define me, I woke up the next morning and kept going, no matter what, that was the difference.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT? Its been almost 2 years since I weighed my heaviest, I am still on my journey, but it does feel better to start feeling like myself again.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES? I remember putting on a shirt one day before work and stopping in the mirror and smiling, I finally felt like the young, in love lady again. I saw myself again or the first time in a long long time.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? I am following the 21 day fix program and that consists of small portions through the day. Where as before I was eating what was convenient. Lots of take out, fast food, and microwaveable carbs. Lots of carbs. And alcohol has been cut almost completely out of my diet. Where as before, I was drinking my problems away.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? I workout every single day, whether its my 21 day fix dvd or a long walk at the part with my son, I am active every single day.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Meal Prepping! Keeps me successful all week, no excuses for driving through if your food is ready to eat.
- Join an accountability group! The amount of friends, support and love I felt from complete strangers blew me away, this was a huge part of my success.
- Track your journey! Take lots of pictures!
- Reward yourself for small and big victories. Lose 5 lbs? Get your nails done, lost 15? Buy new clothes!
- Remember to enjoy the journey. Its a long long haul and there are tons of ups and downs but the first step is to get started! Best decision I ever made.