Pounds Lost: 62
Pounds to go: 38
When did you start to develop a weight problem?
My freshman year of college. Dorm food and a late night party lifestyle packed on the pounds my first semester. I swam competitively in high school and never had to worry about my weight. I packed on 30lbs by the end of freshman year. I lost 20 that summer, but continued to yo-yo diet gaining and losing 20-50 lbs over and over for the rest of college. I joined Weight Watchers for the first time my senior year of college. I thought I finally had my weight under control and learned about portion sizes, healthier choices and how to exercise on Weight Watcher’s original points system. Unfortunately, I gained the weight back. During law school I gained and lost the same 20-30lbs three more times. After law school I tried various diets including low carb, weight watchers and a truely awful diet involving low calorie/high protein soups. All of them helped me lose weight, none of them kept the weight off. When I gave birth to my son in 2017, I was at the highest weight of my life. I felt miserable, unattractive and SO TIRED.
How did weight affect any aspect of your life?
I was tired and felt gross. I didn’t want to do anything or leave the house. I didn’t feel like my husband could possibly be attracted to me. I worried that I wouldn’t be able to chase my son around once he started crawling. I was scared that I’d become a cliche – a woman who got married, packed on pounds and then had a baby and never lost any of it. I was tired just getting down onto the floor with my baby – how could I possibly chase a toddler in a year? There are almost no photos of me with my son as a newborn because I was too embarrassed.
How did you get started?
We had been using emeals for over a year and generally ate a healthy diet. I knew about portions, healthy choices and exercise from my previous diets. We switched to the clean eating eMeals plan and I worked to cut down on my snacking and pair my healthy dinners with similar lunches. I began preparing overnight oats for the week every Sunday. I was really out of shape from sitting around during my entire pregnancy so I started with slow walks around the block.
How long after you started did you see results?
Almost immediately. The end result was not immediate. I hate when people say act like their weight loss just sort of happened…. its been hard work. I fight the urge to give up almost daily. I started my blog after a slump where I wasn’t seeing results. I knew I wasn’t seeing results because my diet wasn’t as clean as it needed to be. I started my blog as an accountability tool – I post my weekly diet for everyone on the internet to see.
What was the hardest part?
Sticking to it. I love snacks. I love dessert. I love to have a few (too many) drinks. I had to stop indulging. Instead of telling myself, I worked hard today, I deserve this snack/treat/drink, I’d tell myself, I worked hard today, I deserve to live in the body I want, not the one I have.
How long did it take you to lose the weight?
I am down 62 pounds in 14 months. I have 38 more pounds to lose to reach my goal weight.
Did you have any non-scale victories?
My son is now a toddler and I have never once felt too tired to get down on the floor with him! I chase after him and he tires out before I do – mission accomplished!
I can now run a full 5k, something I never thought I’d do.
How does your physical activity compare to when you were heavier?
I ran my first 5K on 8/26/2017. I continue to run 2-3 times a week. I go to the gym 2-3 times a week where I lift HEAVY things and use the stair climber. When I was heavier I could barely walk around the block and struggled to get up off the floor. I strive to do at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. During my daily exercise, I make it my goal to sweat.
My Weight Loss Tips and Tricks:
1.) Nothing Tastes Better than being Fit Feels. I tell myself this every day. Instead of telling myself that I deserve a treat or alcoholic drink for my hard work, I tell myself that I deserve to look like I want to look.
2.) Track what you eat every day. Download a phone app (I use myfitnesspal). Add friends on myfitnesspal or fitbit to keep you accountable and cheer you along. I struggle to track every day. I do not always want to track, especially when I eat something that I shouldn’t. Track it anyway, tracking might be the thing that stops you from a full fledged binge. I started this blog to keep me accountable for my progress and what I eat as I work toward my final weight loss goal.
3.) Do 30 Minutes of Exercise Daily. I plan out my runs ahead of time and plan to go the gym. Sometimes this just doesn’t happen. If my day doesn’t turn out the way I planned, I still throw Moochi in his stroller and go for a walk. I deserve it.
4.) Reward yourself with non-food gifts for progress and non-scale victories. I have rewarded myself with pedicures, a new workout outfit or fancy body lotion. Right after I had Moochi, I bought a really nice bottle of lotion from the Nordstrom anniversary sale, it was almost $50.00. I told myself I couldn’t use it until I was down 50 lbs and called it my $50/50lb lotion. When I ran out of my other lotion before I reached 50 lbs of weight loss, I had to buy a different new bottle of lotion. Now that I’ve reached and passed 50 lbs, I think about how far I’ve come and my goals for the day in the morning when I apply that $50.00 lotion. Fifty dollars is a lot for lotion, but most significantly overweight people I know would pay much much more than $50.00 to lose 50 lbs. I have a list of reward for different weight loss goals. I do not let myself indulge in those rewards until I achieve those goals.