Welcome to WEIGHT LOSS HOT TOPICS! Where I will discuss and answer frequently asked questions in relation to dieting, exercise and eating tips. I receive multiple questions every week via social media, from those who are struggling on their weight loss journey’s. Or from those who just have questions about what and how I lost over 160 pounds. Questions, like How to get started losing weight, AGAIN? or How do I overcome a weight loss plateau? And How to eat less and gain control? Please feel free to send in any comments or questions you would like me to answer, that I haven’t already.
But first here is a quick overview of my back story and about my weight loss journey:
I’m a wife and mother and have struggled with my weight since I was 19 years old. Going as high as 304 pounds. Had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Was borderline type 2 diabetic. Most people won’t ever know what it feels like to be trapped in your own body. To struggle with a mountain that seems too hard and impossible to climb. To carry an astronomical amount of weight and not know where to start on getting back to a feeling of control. I admitted to myself that I was out of control and had allowed my feelings to be dealt with by using food. (It was so bad I remember standing up in my kitchen eating a sandwich and chips, while I was actually cooking dinner that I would soon eat in less than an hour; I was eating while preparing to eat!)
If you have ever fought the battle of the bulge or are struggling right now in your weight loss journey and feel like the lion is too hard to defeat- I’m here to tell you, it can be done. I will not lie, it is hard and takes determination and lots of planning but it can be done.
To lose the weight I changed my eating habits, worked myself up to exercising 5 days a week for 60 minutes. I mainly did cardio/incorporated weight training; light weights but lots of reps. When I first started out at 304 pounds I was too embarrassed to go to the gym. So instead, I danced in my living room like no one was watching, to my favorite music for 30 minutes. And believe it or not, I lost 32 pounds in the first two months doing that. I drink tons of water (I make myself drink 16-20 ounces of water every time I eat something) and I cut out sodas and juices.
Depending on which diet philosophy I was on at the time, I would eat 6 mini meals. I reduced my caloric intake to max 10 calories per pound of weight I was and adjusted those numbers as I was losing (but never below 1200 calories) Before I gained control of my eating, I was taking in 7,000-8,000 calories a day😩. While I was losing, I strategically swapped between a combination of a vegan diet, keto diet and an 16/8 intermitting fasting routine, which I still do today. When I’m in maintenance mode I workout 3-5 days a week 45-60 minutes.
As for many of us, my battle continues everyday. I’m glad to share my story and journey with you, as a way to show a path and encouragement to your successful weight loss. Because the more support we have, the better chances we have in reaching and maintaining our goals.
My stats are:
Heaviest weight: 304 pounds
Lowest weight: 143 pounds (which was too small for me and I looked like a
bobble head 😂 so I went back up) Took 15 months to loose the weight***
Current weight: 173 pounds- I’m 5’10” tall (and thank God all my vitals are back to normal and I do not have to take medications)