Welcome and thank you for taking the time to read more about my story and what inspired me to start my journey. Despite how difficult the journey may be, all of our weight-loss goals are attainable. I’ve been on my journey for almost a year now (a full year if you count the months I said I started but really didn’t) and I’m astonished by my weight-loss thus far. I’ve been trying to lose weight for years but could never seem to get it right. I struggled through high school trying to figure it out and failed in college but enjoyed my experience anyway. The journey in my adulthood was difficult at first but seems a bit easier now because I feel I finally have it right.
My journey got serious in 2020 after getting into a head-on car collision damaging my knees and back. I wasn’t able to move around much after the accident and struggled to get up and down out of the bed. I couldn’t workout (not only because I was almost 200lbs at 5’4) and struggled with eating healthier foods, especially since I couldn’t move around much to cook. 2020 certainly was a trying year and during this time the coronavirus started to spread through the U.S causing cities to shutdown and I feel into a well known demon, depression.
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After a few months of physical therapy and resting I was able to move around a bit more, at least enough to get up and cook myself something to eat. Yes, this was one of the most difficult, stressful, depressing, and physically challenging times of my life. I lived up three flights of stairs on the third floor, so getting to and from my home was a real obstacle and took quite some time seeing as though I was using crutches. Going to the doctor was not fun. Through all of my travels up and down the stairs, to the restroom, and even something as simple as getting out of bed reminded me why I needed to lose weight. It was hard enough trying to move around in pain and on crutches but to have an additional 40+lbs of weight on top of my BMI weight to carry was just a complete pain.
2014 Spring, Tybee Island, GA
Although I was smiling on the outside, on the inside I felt a sense of displacement. Despite what others thought of me I felt beautiful, YES OF COURSE, however I wanted to see my body in a different form. My puggy buddy (my stomach) was not my friend then and I certainly don’t feel she is my friend now. It took me a long time to decide which routine worked best for me and to stay consistent with it, but thankfully I have a program that is perfect for my pace. As of today I have lost over 40lbs and I’m not done yet.
Due to the fact that I was overweight (5’4 and 188 lbs) it extremely difficult for my knees to heal and for me to move around. I couldn’t workout because physical therapy was already a bit intense and again, three flights of stairs to get to my home. So I decided to try a different route and started with my diet and caloric intake. I focused on my intake and changed my diet. Over time I slowly started to incorporate simple workouts and stretches, then Yoga, and after months of recovery, a more intense workout plan and balanced diet. Initially my weight fluctuated nearly every week but over time it started to level out and decrease steadily. My starting weight was 188 lbs and as of February 12th 2021 I weighed 147.80 lbs.
I’ve been able to monitor my weight and determine the amount of pounds my weight fluctuates daily or even weekly. Weight sustainability in extremely important and weight-loss means very little if you can’t keep it off. Sometimes people go to extraordinary lengths to lose weight but then have trouble keeping it off. I don’t workout everyday, I don’t eat 100% healthy all the time, I don’t starve myself, I don’t count calories (anymore-it can be helpful), I don’t take any pills, I don’t take any supplements, I don’t take any protein powders or packages and yet the weight is still coming off month-by-month. You don’t have to do the most to get the best results, you just have to do the small things more often.
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