124 Pounds Lost: My Weight Will Not Define Me
NAME : Melody
BEFORE WEIGHT : private
AFTER WEIGHT : private
POUNDS LOST : 124
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I was always bigger than my friends. I’m 6’2, so I was always taller, but that mindset of, “you’re just going to be bigger” lead to me not caring about my weight. I started putting on weight when I was a teenager, maybe around 14 or 15.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
I fell in love with acting and singing at a young age and I wanted to act/sing professionally, but I always felt my size held me back. Once I started college, I realized I felt my size held me back from my future in general. It didn’t matter what career I choose, I would always feel self-conscious.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
I went to the doctor in January 2016 for a check-up. I absolutely hated weighing myself, so I usually avoid looking at the scale, but I looked down and I was horrified by the number. My parents have diabetes and I knew if I didn’t do something I would end up with diabetes too.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
The day I went to the doctor was my first day back at the gym. I had lost some weight in 2014, but gave up and gained it all back (plus some). I started going to the gym every day and researched and tried out all types of meal plans until I found one that worked for me.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
I lost weight fairly quickly towards the start of my journey. I started my journey in January 2016 and by March I had lost 45 pounds. 70 pounds down by June. And 100 pounds down at the end of October. I was surprised at how quickly I lost most of the weight, but I knew that with the food I was eating and the workouts I was doing my body was finally receiving the attention it deserved.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
I struggled with knee problems during summer 2016. I definitely damaged them from being so heavy for most of my life. But I adjusted my workouts and overcame the pain.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
Absolutely. Every day there is something that comes up and it makes me question my goals. A donut. Ice cream. Pizza. But I’ve found having an inspiration board really helps in those moments where you feel like quitting. I have motivational quotes, before and after pictures and I make sure to write down my goals so I see them every single day. I also really want to be a mom one day and I want to be healthy for my future husband/kids.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
After hitting 100 pounds down, I hit a plateau. It was partially from lack of motivation, because I had reached a huge goal and was trying to decide if I wanted to keep losing. But I knew I had felt that way before and gained the weight back. I knew this time had to be different.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
I’ve lost 124 pounds and it’s been about 13 months since I started this journey.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
I’ve kept clothes I used to wear and I try them on every once in a while and it’s crazy to see how they hang on me now! Also, I bought a tank top at the beginning of my journey that was a few sizes too small. Around December I decided to try it on and it fit. Being able to go in a store and not go directly to the plus-size section is an amazing feeling. I feel like I can finally dress my age.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
My job was a huge factor in my weight gain. I’d work until 2am then pick up a burger, fries and a shake on my way home. I was just eating everything in sight. I used food as an escape. It wasn’t until I was a few months into my journey that I realized I had a binge eating disorder.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I absolutely hated P.E. in school. I really hated any physical activity. I knew I had to create a program that challenged me, but I enjoyed. I had heard so many good things about weightlifting, so I decided to try it out. I’ve been lifting weights since day one and I truly believe it’s the best way to loose weight and tone at the same time.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- I sometimes envision myself in my favorite movies. Avenging with the Avengers, fighting Darth Vader with Luke, climbing Mount Doom with Frodo. It may sound weird, but it works! You’ll feel like an action hero and be motivated to keep going!
- Invest in a foam roller. I thought it was unnecessary at the beginning and now I regret not investing in one sooner. It helps release tension from sore muscles. That tension can build up over time and you’ll definitely feel it. That tension can cause muscle damage and can hinder proper form during workouts. You may look a little silly rolling around on one, but it is SO worth it!
- Eat before your workouts! Fasted workouts never provide long term results. I found this meal that is kind of weird, but really delicious. I found it originally on Eliz’s Instagram page (@witnessthrufitness), but I’ve adjusted it slightly. It’s called Bodybuilder Cereal. It’s a scoop of protein powder, a tablespoon or two of powdered peanut butter and almond milk. Mix it all together then add your cereal. I’ve found a brand called “Love Grown” and the cereal is made completely out of beans. I know, it sounds weird, but it doesn’t taste like beans! I use the chocolate flavor and it’s a great pre-workout meal – it keeps you energized through the whole workout!
- Have a cheat meal! They help your mental state! It’s best to not feel like you’re restricting yourself, because that leads to binges. Treat yourself every once in a while!
- I lay out my workout clothes the night before. I also prep my pre-workout meal, my pre-workout drink and my water bottle the night before. That way I am ready to go as quickly as possible the next morning. Knowing you don’t have to do any thinking the next morning is really nice. Just get up, get dressed, eat, grab your bottles and go to your car and go!
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