Prior to my current weight loss journey, I had been counting calories, checking my weight and watching it for as long as possible. Growing up low on income and busy (I wanted to be in every club), cheap fast food was most accessible and convenient.
All my life I’ve been on the cycle of dieting – restriction and bingeing – over and over again. By the time I was 16, I had gained and lost the same 10 pounds, which I felt a million times over. After a certain point, I stopped weighing myself.
I remember during my freshman year in college, I weighed about 400 pounds. I was only 18 at the time and was afraid of what my health would end up with if I continued down this path.
I had been searching for motivation to get healthy for a while, but things changed in place when I took a job at my college admissions office as a tour guide during the summer of 2017.
We had a lot of free time, and I decided it would be fun to pass the time by binge-watching a TV show. I opened the Hulu app on my phone and got a new offer suggestion, Fantastic race. There were 27 seasons available, so I started slowly working my way up.
Everything changed since that day. I knew right away that I would do everything in my power to fulfill my dream of competition Fantastic race. I also knew that being over 400lbs and in the position I was in at the time, it would take a complete reinvention to make this dream a reality. I decided that day that I had to recover, so that one day I could compete in the show. (My dream hasn’t come true yet, but it still motivates me!)
As someone who has been on a diet since childhood, the best thing I can do is slow down.
I never removed anything from my diet (carbs, sugar, etc.). Instead, I focused on adding more nutrition from healthy foods. Merge more truly The foods, rather than eating the “bad foods”, is what worked for me.
This is what I eat in a day now.
breakfast: Superfood Smoothie (Apple, Spinach, Peanut Butter Powder, Chia Seeds, Almond Milk)
lunch: Trader Joe’s Thai Shrimp Gyoza, Edamame, Low Fat Twine Cheese, Seasonal Fruits.
Snacks: Dried apricots, rice cakes, popcorn, sweet pepper
Dinner: Spaghetti squash with meatballs, turkey burgers, and broccoli, or heavy vegetable bowls (brown rice, select meats, peppers, onions, and pineapples)
candy: Gorgeous strawberry lollipops, enlightened ice cream, crunchy rice pudding
I also started exercising by walking on the treadmill at a slow pace while watching an episode of Fantastic race.
That hour in the gym was my escape from classes, assignments, and responsibilities. Nowadays, exercises seem to be more intense. I try to run or run four days a week, and I hope to run the first half of this summer’s marathon!
I like the feeling of moving my body every day, whether it’s a YouTube dance workout (EMKFit It’s my absolute favorite) or a picnic! I like to work out at my own pace, so doing things on my own always ends up being my choice.
I won’t lie – I ran because I knew if and when I dreamed of competing Fantastic race Running becomes a reality, running will be a very basic skill. But I found love because I’m able to move my body in a way I’ve never been able to.
These three changes made my weight loss successful.
slow down. I was always trying to speed up my weight loss by cutting out major food groups and limiting insanely. It would work for a week, but then I would lose my binge again. It wasn’t until I started changing who I was (making exercise an important part of my life, learning vegetables and fruits I loved, and incorporating them into my daily diet) that things really changed. I always say to people looking to lose weight, “If you are not ready to change your lifestyle and habits, you are not ready to change at all.”
Listen to your body. I now consider myself an “intuitive eater,” which means I don’t necessarily stick to a set plan of three meals a day. Instead, I listen for hunger cues. As a snack, this helped me cut back on a lot of mindless snacking that I’m used to. I call it “boredom of the mouth”. Sometimes, if I haven’t eaten in a while, I’ll eat something just because I am. But now I really listen to my body and ask what it needs.
Learn to love moving your body. I like to tell people looking to lose weight, “If you don’t like running, you can still lose weight and not run a day in your life.” Growing up in America, many of us learn to hate playing sports because it’s forced on us. You can lose weight by dancing, swimming, kayaking, walking, and about a million other ways. Find the one you like and do it!
I lost just over 190 pounds, and it took about 3.5 years.
People ask me all the time, “How did you stay motivated for so long?” The truth is, I didn’t. what am I she did It was building habits that I would continue even on the days when I didn’t feel motivated. People think that losing weight should be non-stop exercises and salads, which is not true.
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