HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE? My weight affected every aspect of my life. My knees took the most abuse. I tried to keep up with an exercise regimen, but I could barely climb stairs. I couldn’t keep up with the rest of my family.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY? As the old saying goes, I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I was fed up with the joint pain, being out of breath all the time, and overall poor health. I knew I had to change or I would have a short life.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? I started with small changes. I stopped drinking soda, and increased my water intake. I stopped eating highly processed food, and started eating lean protein, fruits, and veggies.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS? I started seeing results pretty quickly. I made the decision early on to avoid dieting. To me, a diet has an ending point, and I knew that I had to make a permanent lifestyle change.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM? I’m currently experiencing a plateau, and I’m completely ok with that. If I don’t lose another pound, I have made such a drastic change to my health, that any further weight loss would just be a bonus!
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT? I started this journey in January.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? I used to crave pizza every day. There is a local pizza place that has a huge buffet, and I would eat a huge salad, six slices of pizza, and dessert. Now, if we go out for pizza, I eat a salad with oil and vinegar, and one slice of thin crust. I still get to enjoy pizza, but in a much healthier way.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? I’ve gone from becoming winded walking through the grocery store, to walking five miles a day, weight lifting three days a week, and playing tennis! My family has trouble keeping up with me now!
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Don’t diet! Diets are temporary, and are full of limitations and punishments. Instead, focus on making lifestyle changes that stick.
- Love yourself enough to change. Stop beating yourself up for your failures, and appreciate your body so much that you want to take care of it.
- Never give up! If something isn’t working, find something that does. That goes for nutrition and exercise. Everyone is different, and you have to find what works for you.