I have had a weight problem for most of my life. I remember being in 3rd grade and realizing I was bigger than the other girls. Over the years, the weight seem to come and go and by the time I was pregnant with my first born, I had packed on 100 lbs. Fast forward to May of 2015, 2 pregnancies later, I was at my heaviest weight.
NAME : Lisa
BEFORE WEIGHT : 265
AFTER WEIGHT : 180
POUNDS LOST : 85lbs.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE? My weight effected everything from my confidence to my ability to handle day to day tasks. My weight made it difficult to travel, play with my kids, and tie my shoes.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY? In May of 2015, I was at my heaviest and tired of the latest “diet” not working. For years I lost and gained the same 40lbs. and I was tired of the constant ups and downs. As I got on the scale that day and noticed I was closer to 300lbs. than I had ever been, I felt completely lost.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? I started by just committing to eliminate one thing from my diet. I had started and stopped a “diet” more times than I could count and the fear of failing yet again had me anxious with the thought of even trying. I figured if I started small and made one simple change in my diet, I could just continue to make small changes. I was a heavy soda drinker and loved sugary coffee drinks, and drank 2-3 a day, and I knew this was where I needed to cut the calories. I cut soda cold turkey and after 2 weeks I began to see changes in my body and most importantly, in my energy.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART? I had always struggled with a truly making a lifestyle change in the past and had a lot of mom guilt over focusing on myself. It was a hard sell to my family in getting them on board with eating healthier and being more active, and I knew that this was the only way I would be able to keep pushing through, was to have this kind of support.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING? For 15 years, I gave up more times than I could count. This time, was different. I stumbled many times, but I didn’t give up. I used every mistake or feeling of failure to help motivate me and I found others who were on a similar journey to help keep me accountable. A friend at work became my new fit friend, and we began talking all things health and fitness. We began working out together and had a morning ritual of sharing what we ate the day before. I also began following different accounts on Instagram and in watching others transformations, it kept me encouraged in the process.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM? After I lost 70lbs, I hit a plateau and knew I needed to switch up my workouts. Up until this point, I had primarily been working out on my own in my basement gym, and knew with a little more direction, I might be able to push myself harder. I started working with an awesome trainer who taught me and pushed me harder than I had been, and this helped me break through my plateau and lose the remaining 15lbs.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT? I have been consistently loosing 1-2lbs a week since May of 2015. The first few weeks I saw bigger numbers but really only due to the lifestyle change and excess water weight. This time, I was more focused on changing my life and the journey in getting there and less on the actual number on the scale.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES? Oh do I! The first time I was able to travel and not use the seatbelt extender on the plane. When I was able to shop in a regular store and not a plus size store. Being able to fit in my wedding dress for the first time since my wedding 8 years ago! Being able to wear shorts for the first time since high school. To name a few=)
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? Today, I tend to eat cleaner than I had been before. I usually eat the same foods just prepared in different ways, and that has really worked well for me over the past year. Chicken, Fish, Avocado, Brown Rice, Spinach, bananas, eggs, and almond milk are usually on hand in my house. With this being said, I do not deny myself things and work to make plans for indulgences. Denying yourself completely will only make you resentful of this new lifestyle and I learned from the past, that this was a sure fire way to over eat and binge. It shouldn’t be all chicken and broccoli to work and I learned that you still need to LIVE your life. Sometimes this means ice cream with the kids or cake at the birthday party. As long as you are planning for these occurrences and you do not over indulge, you will be fine.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- It won’t all happen overnight. Baby steps. Create mini goals and focus on hitting those milestones, so not to burn out. A year from now, you will be happy you did it slow and steady.
- Find a support system! You are about to go through a major life transformation, and it is important that you have at least 1 person who understands this journey. Someone who will let you vent, pick you back up when you fall, and hold you accountable to your goals.
- Don’t stop living your life. It cannot be grilled chicken and broccoli everyday all day. Allow yourself the cake at the birthday party,just remember that one meal will not make you healthy just like one will not make you fat. Fail to plan, plan to fail.
- Spice things up! Your body begins to see through routines and soon enough, your results will stall or you will begin getting board with whatever you are doing. Keep things fresh and try different workouts, and make different recipes often. Have go to meals that you can make and swap out some of the ingredients to keep them new and improved. Primarily biking for your workout, try taking a yoga class or kick boxing?? Keeping it different will keep your body guessing which is a good thing!
- Take lots of pictures. You cannot relay only on the scale to tell the story of your success. Pictures are a great way to document the changes in your body and mood. There are days where the scale will not move or will go backwards, and having these pictures to look back at, will help you see how far you have come. Celebrate the little wins and let these serve as momentum to keep you going.