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Weight Loss Hot Topics

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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)

#1 Asked Question: Best advice on someone who is ready to start losing weight (AGAIN): 

My best advice- is to start by starting…

First:  I will tell you what I say in almost every one of my videos- Create a weight loss vision board! The power of visualization is amazing!!!! No one stumbles into success. You must approach this time, like a well executed plan. Start with the end in mind. Ask yourself, what will your diet philosophy and exercise philosophy be? Write it down/ cut out pictures and words that make you feel good. And put pictures of yourself at your ideal weight or pictures of you smiling and happy. Cut and paste or tap it to a board and put it somewhere you can see it daily as a reminder. Add positive words and read them to yourself daily out loud! It’s so important to see ourselves already at the finish line. Keep believing in yourself because I believe in you. Those daily positive affirmations will help see you through.

Second: Whatever your weight loss goals are, break it up into 5 stages- divide the weight by 5 that you want to lose. That way the whole number doesn’t look or feel overwhelming.
Third- Put a “weight loss survival kit” together. Meaning, most of the time we “backslide” is because when we do turn to food- we don’t have great choices in our home or with us when we’re out and about. The grocery store has tons of good snack options and of course fruits and vegetables. Stock your pantry with snacks that are delicious and nutritious for you. I recommend “pre measuring” out each snack ahead of time and put them in containers or Ziplock bags, so you’re not eating the whole bag or box like I use to do.
Fourth– Forgive yourself for the weight gain. It doesn’t matter how or why we got to this size. It doesn’t matter if we fell down 7 times as long as we stand up 8! Decide that this time will be different because you will silence the internal self sabotaging thoughts, love your curves just as they are and start walking in the direction of getting healthy. And I know, when you’re ready- I know you got this!!!!  I’ve learned so much over the years with weight loss and one thing I know for sure/ is making it up in your mind first can be the hardest to getting started; and remember start by starting sis!
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