How I Lost 105 Pounds In 10 Months At 23!
Hi! Tell us about yourself…why did you decide to start losing weight?
Before I begin with my story of losing weight, I think it’s important to preface all of that with how I gained the weight in the first place. Growing up, I remember being teased constantly about my weight. As a child, weight isn’t something that one should have to think about, especially if that child is sitting at a healthy weight, to begin with. Sure, I had the extra 5-10 pounds as a kid – baby fat, if you will, but looking back at pictures now, I’m able to truly see just how healthy and average weighted I was. To add to this teasing, I danced from the ages of 3 to 18. I thoroughly enjoyed this aspect of my life at the time. However, I will say that it was quite detrimental to my mental health. Having others constantly critique my appearance, especially as a teenager when I started to fill in around my chest, hips, and backside ended up leaving me struggling with body dysmorphia and binge eating disorder.
Fast forward to November of 2019, I was 22 years old and sitting at a very unhealthy 260 pounds. Although I knew this wasn’t good for my health, I couldn’t stop eating. In fact, my binge eating was the worst it had ever been. During a night in November, I ended up getting rushed to the ER for a possible blood clot in my lung. I was terrified. I remember wanting to cry, but not letting anything come out because I didn’t want to stress out my mom, stepdad, or dad.
As the night went on, multiple tests were done and luckily everything came back normal. For the next two months I had followed up with Doctor’s appointments, but I remember telling myself that following my last appointment, I had to make a change. So, that’s exactly what I did. On January 28th, 2020, I took the first step towards changing my entire life for the better, and 10 months later I lost 105 pounds.
I went from being 260 pounds to weighing 155 pounds. I went from a size 16 in pants to a size 8, as well as going from a size XXL or XL in tops to a size S or M. I turned my life around and I’m so happy I did. This is truly just the beginning. I ended up starting a fitness Instagram page to share my journey with others – I can be found at @angelsharleneroxanne if you’re interested in following along!
What was your workout routine? Can you give us what a typical week looked like for you working out?
In terms of workouts, it definitely changed up every week. At the very beginning of my journey, I actually bought several different online programs to gain inspo into what exercises I could do for my legs, arms, core, etc. Although I didn’t end up using any of the programs religiously, they definitely helped to inspire me!
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My workouts would usually last around 1-2 hours maximum and I would train at least 4-6 times per week. My workout split consisted of having 3 lower body/glute focused workouts per week and 2 upper body/core focused days per week.
The best advice I can give someone who wants to lose weight is to not give up. I can’t even begin to explain how many times I thought of giving up, especially during my bad days, but you can’t give in. If you have a bad day, that’s okay. Take a day or two to rest and reset, but don’t throw in the towel because of a couple of bad days. Fall 7 times, get up 8. DONT. GIVE. UP. Remember WHY you started and WHY you want to reach your goal. You’re so much stronger than you think!
What was your nutrition like? Can you give us what a typical day of eating looked like?
I personally ate mainly plant-based while losing weight (but one can definitely lose weight while still eating animal products – this was just my preference at the time). However, now that I’ve reached my goal weight, I’m definitely more open to trying different foods. Although I didn’t track my macros too closely, I usually tried my best to stick to around 1800 calories per day roughly. Throughout the weeks of losing weight, I ate a lot of avocado toast, protein shakes, teriyaki tofu bowls, pasta with veggies, low-calorie ice cream, etc.
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How did you stay motivated to lose weight? Did you ever slip up?
This journey was definitely difficult, but with that being said, it was 100% worth it. During the hardest points (like I said earlier), I tried my best to remind myself of WHY I started my journey and WHY I wanted to reach my goal. I also tried my best to not be too hard on myself if I missed a workout or ate a bit more than I should because, at the end of the day, I knew I wasn’t going to let that stop me from reaching my goals. Remember, you can have a cookie or chips or cake.
It’s not those foods that are holding you back from reaching your goal, it’s how much of those foods that you consume that can hold you back. So, if you have ONE cookie or ONE serving of chips, that’s 100% okay as long as you can find a way to fit it into your daily caloric intake. You can still lose weight while eating the foods you love. Overly restricting could lead to binging later on. So, it’s better to give in to your cravings and allow yourself to have a healthy portion of the foods you want, rather than giving it up completely and ending up binging on that same food later on.
When did you start to notice progress?
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I started to see noticeable results after about 2 months of working out. One thing I would recommend that everyone do is to TAKE PICTURES. Within the first two months of my journey, I had lost around 23 pounds. So, I was still in the 200’s at the time, but my before and after pictures were already so amazing that it made me want to keep going. Naturally, as the months went on and I lost more weight, I continuously felt motivated by the results I was seeing in the pictures I took.
Did you use any sort of trackers/apps/scales to track your progress?
The only sort of tracker app I used was MyFitnessPal, which is an app that allows you to track how many calories the foods you are eating have. This app definitely helped me to reach my goal over the 10 months I was using it.
Are there any other fitness products that you used frequently?
Since I was mainly doing at home workouts because of the pandemic, I made use of two 15 pound dumbbells, a barbell with 25 pounds on either end, as well as various resistance bands.
Do you have any weight loss “hacks” or “secrets” that helped you succeed?
The only real hack I have that I don’t hear a lot of other influencers telling their followers to do is to give in to their cravings. Like I said earlier, it’s okay to eat foods like chips or cookies or cake, you just have to make sure that the amount you’re eating fits with the goals you are trying to reach. For example, if you know you want to eat one cookie per day, find a way to fit that into your daily caloric intake so that you don’t feel as though you’re depriving yourself of what you love.
What is your best advice to beginners who are looking to lose weight?
If you’re someone who wants to start their fitness journey, I would just say – go for it! Don’t wait until next Monday, it doesn’t have to be a Monday for you to start. It can be a Wednesday or Thursday, or Friday, it doesn’t matter, just start. Keep in mind, the only person stopping you is you! Read that last sentence again.
I started to realize that the reason why I kept failing when I started my journey in the past was that I wasn’t doing it for the right reasons. Before this time, I was doing it to prove my family wrong, or I was doing it to get revenge, or doing it in hopes of a specific person seeing my progress. If one of those reasons can get you moving and keep you moving, then great, but for me, it wasn’t something that kept me going. This time around, I was truly just doing it for myself and I feel like that’s why it stuck and is continuing to stick.
Do it for you! Do it because you deserve to have the body you want. Do it because you’re strong and because you want to be healthier than ever! Start and don’t give up until you reach your goal, and if you need a little kick of motivation, go find me on Instagram and I’ll help you out!
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