I was always a chubby kid and never grew out of it. I then became a chubby teenager, and then an overweight and eventually, obese adult.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE? I really regret the limits my weight placed on how I felt at school and socially in general. I never went to a school dance, I missed my proms, and although I wanted to be on sports teams I never tried because of my embarrassment of my weight.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY? I’ve lost almost 70 lbs in 2007, but I was solely focused on my appearance. I didn’t care about my health and made very little effort to change my eating habits. I did exercise, but once I stopped taking appetite suppressants I slowly began to gain it back. Eventually, I have up exercising and eating right altogether and gained all the weight bsck PLUS another 42 lbs! After learning I had high blood pressure and PCOS I lost 32 pounds comma but I stopped there and was still overweight at 236 pounds. Last year I was told my sugars were high and that if I didn’t change my eating habits I may become type 2 diabetic. I finally said to myself this is ridiculous would you much rather be lazy and eat what you want and give yourself diabetes?! NO! So I decided that 2016 was the year of Michelle and that I was going to change my eating habits and become an active healthy person. Since January 2016 I have lost another 44 pounds and plan to lose another 52 pounds to get to my goal weight. Back in 2007 the lightest I weighed was 157. My goal has always been to weigh 140 as an adult and I intend to get there!
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? I picked an exercise that I always loved (Turbo Fire) and first set a goal to complete the 9 week prep sched and I did! I’m currently on week 3 of the regular schedule and plan to complete the full 20 weeks that include the advanced schedule. I’ve never stuck to an exercise plan and am so proud of myself for coming this far. I also have a goal of 2 pounds a week. In the past I’ve always gotten discouraged because I set unrealistic weight loss goals and quit. 2 lbs a week is a 1000 calorie deficit and very doable for me. I eat healthy, monitor my carb, protein, and fat percentages of my diet and have never felt deprived. In fact, now that I’ve replaced my bad habits with healthy ones I find that I crave the healthier choices and missing workouts or eating poorly makes me feel unlike myself. I love the energy and happy disposition I get from consistent exercise and healthy eating.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS? Right away. In fact, I lost 20 lbs in January alone! And I was eating more than I ever had before when trying to lose weight and felt amazing!
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART? Honestly, I was so dedicated when I started in January that nothing deterred me. I was more focused than ever and it was obvious that I was determined. Now that it’s been over 90 days I still love exercising and eating right, but have found that cheat meals on Fridays make me crave more junk over the weekend. I’ve been thinking of just cutting it out. I haven’t had fat food since 2015 (that’s so weird to hear myself say), so when I do splurge it’s a sit down restaurant.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING? No, not yet. In the past YES! I PUT so many restrictions and pressure on myself to lose a certain amount, that it was an obviously unsustainable lifestyle. What I’m doing now, I can do forever – long term is key. It may seem slow to have a 2 lb per week weight loss goal, but look at where I am now.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM? I haven’t yet. I knew they are inevitable, and I assume I will hit one soon. They say you are likely to plateau at a weight your body is used to being at. For me that weight used to be the mid 190’s, but I’m 192 now and still going strong.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT? I previously had lost 32 lbs a few years back and never list any more our gained it back. These last 44 lbs have taken 3 months.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES? My shoes fit better, I can breathe better when I lay down, my sugars are normal, my PCOS issues have decreased, and my resting heart rate went from 94 to 59 bpm! Every day there is something I noticed that surprises me. Biggest thing I feel comfortable! I don’t always feel like I’m stuffed into my clothes. Not feeling like my face is touching my upper chest is amazing! I’m slowly getting a jaw line.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? I used to consume almost 2500 – 3000 calories a day abd didn’t realize until I started tracking. As a dispatcher I ate out alot at work. Now I plan ahead, pack a lunch, and use a calorie taking app everyday!
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? I was sedentary to say the least. Now I exercise 45-60 minutes a day and a couple times a week I take a 2 mile walk at work. Before I never exercised and usually just watched tv after work.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Track your calorie intake and macros. Nutrition is a major part of being fit and healthy.
- Be active! No matter what it is, get out there and MOVE!
- Find a workout(s) that you LOVE. You won’t stick with it if you hate it or feel forced to do it.
- Be positive! Our attitude contributes to all aspects of our life more than we sometimes realize. Believe in yourself, LOVE yourself, and know that you are worth the best.
- Cut yourself some slack. Sometimes we fall off track. Sometimes you eat something you weren’t supposed to or miss a workout, but it is not the end of the world or the end of your progress. Cut yourself some slack and know that there is always a tomorrow and just because you may have messed up or not met your goals for today there is no reason that tomorrow is ruined. One big thing I will mention is that if you have something you weren’t supposed to have for lunch that doesn’t mean your diet is over and the day is ruined. Still get your workout in and have something fabulous and healthy for dinner.