How long did it take you to lose the weight? I started July 8, 2013. So far, it’s been about 9 months.
Light bulb Moment: I’ve had a lot of light bulb moments over the past years, it was this last time that it ‘stuck’. To sum it up, I was tired of being tired and let down. I was tired of constantly letting myself down with weight loss plans and goals, that I chose to leave unfulfilled. I was on Instagram one night and came across a very large and diverse group of people that were succeeding with their weight loss. Something clicked, I knew I could do it too. I knew that THIS time it would be different. After so many failed attempts, it was time to quit talking, and start doing.
How did you do it? Weight Watchers Online! From Weight Watchers the most important thing I’ve learned is what to eat, and how much to eat. No foods are off limits. Doing the plan online also allows me do access it from my smart phone. Like, most folks I always have my cell phone on me and with the Weight Watchers app it makes logging your meals and activity a breeze. I have no excuse not to log my meals. Logging your meals keeps you accountable. The point’s calculator has become the most used app on my phone it seems! Also, with the Weight Watchers app, I can check on the point value of a certain food while at the grocery store. This has helped so I can buy foods that I know are going to help me instead of sabotaging my hard work.
The second most used app on my phone is Instagram. Instagram has become a support system for me. It’s a place where I constantly find motivation, ideas, and share my own and engage is others triumphs. Often times, it is a great forum for advice. It’s also pretty motivating for me to have hundreds of pictures from all aspects of my progress like what I ate, things I did and how I have changed. It's like a window to my life. You can follow me in Instagram! My username is ThePointsPrincess.
What was the biggest challenge you faced? How did you overcome it? Lunch hour at work! I work a full time job in an office building with a vending machine around every corner. Four out of the five days I work, I bring my lunch. I pack my lunch and track/log everything that goes into my lunch bag the night before. Everything is accounted for and there is no guess work when I decide to eat. I have also stashed single serving crackers, and granola bars in my desk just in case. Since I track/log the night before I can just eat my packed lunch & munchies and not worry about going over my points or being tempted by something from the vending machine.
On a related note, my water intake is an area for improvement that I am working on daily. I have a reusable 32oz water bottle that I keep at my desk. My daily goal is to drink three bottles before the end of the day.
What was the single thing that helped you most along the way, especially when things got tough? Let’s be honest, not every single week I lost weight, in fact, some weeks I gained. When I knew I was going to get serious about getting healthy, I took the dreaded “before” photo. Best thing I ever did. By having that photo I am able to compare my “current” photo to it and see a difference even if I cannot feel it, or the scale does not show it. I aim to take a progress picture once or twice a month. I’d also like to give a shout out to my boyfriend for the support he’s provided to me. Having the person you live with understand and support the changes that you’re making makes it a ton easier.
How has your life changed since losing the weight? I stand taller and I am more confident in every aspect of my life. Don’t get me wrong, I was confident at 237lbs but I am even more so now. Also, I sleep better since I don’t snore any longer. I have more energy and I want to do things I’ve never done just because I can! Needless to say, skydiving is in my near future.
Exercise routine: I try to be as active as possible. With my cable subscription, I have a ton of workouts of all genres On Demand. I typically will pick one at random and give it a shot…something that surprised me is that I actually enjoy kickboxing! A gym membership is next on my list. I most recently started bringing my walking shoes with me to work and I aim to hit the pavement daily. I have a FitBit Zip and I also use the MapMyWalk app.
Favorite breakfast: Egg White Veggie Scramble. I love liquid egg whites, and you can even make them in the microwave in less than 2 minutes. I mix mushroom, tomato, spinach and low fat cheese into the egg whites after they’re cooked. If I’m really hungry I put veggies and egg whites on a toasted Light English muffin with a slice of Canadian bacon. Yum!
Favorite grab and go snack: Low fat string cheese and deli turkey. I wrap the turkey around the cheese and it’s a one handed snack!
Favorite dinner: Tacos!!!! 95/5 ground beef, turkey or chicken on steamed corn tortillas with fresh salsa and fat free sour cream.
Advice for someone just starting:
- Do celebrate your small victories, scale and non-scale related (i.e. pants don’t fit, more energy, rings too big, etc…)
- Do set small goals.
- Do buy a digital food scale. Mine has become the most used kitchen gadget I own.
- Do journal your body measurements & take progress pictures because the scale can’t tell you “inches lost”. The “before” photos are gems and I can guarantee you will want them later!
- Don’t eat food directly from the box or bag. Get your portion out, and put it away!
- For the sake of your sanity, don’t compare your weight loss with someone else’s.
- Don’t let one bad day or meal determine your week. Every meal is a fresh start.
- Don’t give up, ever!