Thank you for stopping by again for a Trim Time Tuesday post!
My heart desperately wants to show you that you really can lose weight. One of my friends mentioned that I am "real". I'm not a star. I don't a have a personal trainer and chef to help me lose weight. I struggle just like every other overweight to obese person out there.
And there are plenty of other "real" people out there doing the same thing! I have another one to share with you.....
"Hey! My name is Liz and I, along with many other individuals, have struggled with weight loss. I became pregnant at the young age of 18. At that time, I had no idea what I weighed because I never wanted to step on the dreaded scale.
I was always the bigger girl in the group of skinny girls. All of my friends wore Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister clothes. I tried doing the same thing, but I was always embarrassed when I had to buy an extra large shirt and the biggest size jeans they offered in order to TRY and get the clothes to fit. I never wore a bikini because I had a couple of stretch marks on my stomach. I never really had a serious relationship and I felt like it was because I wasn’t skinny enough.
I met my current boyfriend and daughter’s father in 2007 which was the year I was graduating high school. I was still a little bigger, but he loved everything about me including my thighs and big butt. I ended up getting pregnant six months after I had met him. We had a very rough time in our relationship and I can honestly say it was a horrible pregnancy. He wasn’t ready to grow up and accept the fact of having to become a father. I was treated horribly which probably had a part in the gaining of 60 pounds during my pregnancy.
I ate whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, and I DID NOT CARE. Well, when I delivered my daughter, I was well over 200 pounds. Again, I did not step on the dreaded scale to get an exact number. Finally, in 2010 is when I was fed up with myself. I could not handle being so depressed, crabby, irritable, not interested in sex, not facing the mirror, not putting makeup on or doing my hair, and finally, I was fed up with being FAT.
In 2010, I decided to join Weight Watchers at 195.2 lbs. I am also 5’6”. I was going to the meetings and the weight was coming off great. Then there were times I would “cheat” and then my weight loss would slow.
I can not tell you how many times I have fallen off the wagon and hopped back on. Over and over and over again I had told myself, “I will start over on Monday and I am taking this seriously.” Ya, right, NEVER happened. I was slowly losing weight through biggest loser competitions at work, but I would eventually gain everything back that I had lost once the competition was over and I won the money (not all the time).
I have tried everything in the book it seems. I have tried Weight Watchers, The 17 Day Diet, and I even had my doctor put me on Phentermine to suppress my appetite. That is how desperate I was. They all worked, but I would gain it all back because it wasn’t a lifestyle change for me. It was only a quick fix.
One of my friends had lost a lot of weight by counting calories. I thought that I had tried everything else so why not give counting calories a try. THIS was the best idea that I was ever given. I was bouncing around between 165-170 lbs when I first started counting calories. I would gain some then I would lose some because at that time, I was not dead serious about it.
Time came, when something clicked and I told myself that I will no longer be unhappy with myself. I want to have confidence and I want to LOVE myself. I counted calories and started doing TurboFire by Beachbody. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, did I mention I LOVE this program? The weight was coming off and so were the inches. I am currently down to 148 lbs and I love the feeling of seeing my friends that I haven’t seen in a while and have them tell me how skinny I am and how great I am looking.
Currently, I fell off of the wagon a bit. I am a nursing student and I was stressing about my semester with finals and what not so I ate junk and drank beer. I also had to stop doing TurboFire three weeks ago because I have a problem where my ribs pop out of place so that has stalled me and now I am having a hard time getting back into it.
I got back on the wagon today, hopefully, and I am back to eating my lean meats, fruits, veggies, nuts, and I am trying to eliminate dairy and wheat from my diet to see if that helps with my bloat. I am also hoping to get back into the working out phase because I do not like seeing my body parts jiggling again.
This is just a short overview of the last few years of my weight loss journey (nightmare). Things can only go up from here because I will NOT buy those bigger jeans again!"
We all have a special journey and story to tell. There are days this isn't easy, but I haven't met anyone yet that says it wasn't worth it.
What are you waiting for? If you'd like some help and support, you can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!