Profession: Kindergarten Teacher
Beginning Weight: 288
Ending Weight: 198 but still losing!
Size Before: 22
Current Size: 14
How long has it taken you to reach your goal? 3 years
What was your motivation to lose weight? Dr. Said I needed Gastric Bypass. I refused to lose that way. I changed my life the healthy way
How often do you work out? 5-6 days a week
What were your worst diet habits before you began to lose weight? I would over eat, large portions; never paid attention to serving sizes. I would eat many combinations of unhealthy foods. I mindlessly ate. I did it in front of the TV, computer, not realizing how much I had eaten. I ate because I wanted to, not because I needed to or because I felt hungry, often bored. After having kids, I began to pick at their plates when they didn’t finish. I didn’t want the food to go to waste, so I ate it.
What dietary changes did you make? Once I decided to change, I made little changes. I moved more. I walked, I even bought an elliptical to put in the basement. I said once I lost 30 lbs on my own, I would reward myself with a membership to the gym. I did just that! I joined a 24 hr gym so I never had the excuse of no time to go. I learned to make the time. I went after I put the kids to bed. Not an ideal time, but it worked for me. As I remained committed, I rewarded myself with sessions with a private trainer. I was feeling amazing and was getting compliments from everyone. Soon, I ran my first 5k and joined South County Adventure Boot Camp.
What is your go to healthy snack? Roasted Unsalted Almonds, Greek Yogurt, and Fruit
What food will you not give up? Cheese
What advice do you have for others to inspire them to lose weight? My main advice to others is to be patient and stay focused. The weight didn’t come on overnight, and it certainly won’t come off that way either. You have to work at it. I constantly ask myself, “how bad do you want it?” The thing is, you have to REALLY want it. It is a lot of work. If you are willing to put the work and effort in, you will be rewarded. I have a quote I often look back on and find inspiration in. The quote is “it’s easier to wake up early and workout than it is to wake up each day and look in the mirror and not like what you see”