Weight Loss Success Stories: April Loses 95 Pounds By Eating Better
I have always felt that I was overweight, even though, looking back, I really was not. I started getting grossly overweight approximately 12 years ago. I had hit a time in my life when i was not very concerned about the way I looked or felt. It really took a toll on my overall weight.
NAME : April
BEFORE WEIGHT : 308
AFTER WEIGHT : 213
POUNDS LOST : 95
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE? I always tell people about not being able to cross my legs. That is not a big thing, but when you cannot do it, it is humiliating. I felt that m kids were embarrassed to be around me (even though they were not). I could not walk up the stairs without getting winded. Sitting in booths at restaurants was always a tight squeeze and made me want to crawl under the table!
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY? In April of 2012, I attended the casting of “The Biggest Loser”. I was so excited about going as well as completely embarrassed at the same time. I was at the heaviest weight I had ever been and was mortified! I had a ticket to bypass the long line (and it was very long) and head straight to the front. I met several people that had been at the casting call for many many years before and had still not made it through to the show. I did not make the show, obviously, and when the next year rolled around and I received the email stating they were back in Atlanta, well, that was my wake up call. A year had gone by and I had not done a thing…the time is going to pass anyway, might as well do something! I swore when the next year rolled around I would not be in the same condition, and I have kept to that. I started this journey March 19, 2013. I did get an email that they were casting again, but did not need it, at that point I had lost 83 lbs and was so relieved that I had not wasted that time!
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? We all know what to do, it is just doing it and getting started is the hardest part. I just tried to start eating better, cutting out the junk as much as possible. I had already stopped soft drinks, I had done that years before. I started trying to walk as much as possible. I started Crossfit Over the Limit a few months later and was hooked. That really help me catapult my exercise routine.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS? I was a size 24 when I started this journey. It was not until I had lost about 20 lbs and was not melting into my clothes anymore that I saw a small difference. It was not until I had lost close to 50 lbs that it really registered in my mind that I was actually doing this and doing it well!
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART? The hardest part was not getting content when I started feeling better about myself. You get to a point at times where you look better and feel better and do not try as hard. I had to try and not stay there very long, I still had much more to accomplish.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING? Many times I wanted to give up. Whenever I would focus on the end and not the present, or when I would have a week or two of no weight loss, I would throw my hands up and want to walk away and give up. I would then have a pity party for a moment and then refocus, and remember that I had come to far to give up. It may take longer than I wanted, but I made a promise to myself to get it done!
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM? I did and do hit plateaus. I try to do something different when I do. Your body gets used to certain things and you have to change things up a bit to trick your body into losing weight again. The main thing I tried not to do, was panic!
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT? At my one year mark, I had lost 83 pounds. The first few months were the “easiest” as far as weight loss goes. I lost sixteen pounds my first month and was so excited, thinking I could lose everything I needed to really quickly. Reality set in a few months later.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES? Definitely, I ran an entire mile for the first time ever. I cried afterwards at my ability to run. I have never been a runner and have always wanted to be. I have since been able to run just over two miles and am working on being able to run a 5k all the way through.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? I eat so much less now. I became a vegetarian (not necessary to lose weight) and since then, I can not fill up my plate and eat it along with dessert. I also eat out much less. Not knowing what is truly put in your food is scary, and you do not have the control you do at home. I do eat out some, but have cut out fast food and buffets.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? I love to workout. I crossfit 4-5 days a week. I take hikes on occasion with my kids and go out an walk or run when I feel like it. I do not shy away from any activities. I actually did a mud run last year and am hoping to do another one this year.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
Do not let the amount of time it is going to take to lose your weight be a reason not to do it, the time will pass anyway!Cut out soft drinks, drink more water. Definitely cut out diet sodas, those are worse for you than the non diet ones.Start out slow, go walk a little every night, until you can work yourself up to something a bit harder. Every little bit helps!Get out of your own head. Your mind will quit a long time before your body will.Never give up, keep pushing through, get out of your comfort zone, you will be great!
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