How I Lost 110 Pounds in 1 Year Without Dieting
Hi! Tell us about yourself…why did you decide to start losing weight?
I started my weight-loss Journey as a New Year’s Resolution January 1, 2015. I was in my mid- twenties and already having health issues. I was over 300 pounds and I knew I had to change how I was living my life so I could keep living my life. I was struggling to do normal tasks without losing energy, like getting groceries and cleaning my house. I struggled with fitting into places, like amusement parks, and booths at restaurants. I just wanted to be healthy and be able to actually enjoy and live my life with freedom.
The moment I knew I needed to change was when I saw my wedding photos. I was at my largest then, and though I had one of the best days of my life, I realized how big I had become. I knew I didn’t want to die, or suffer with medical issues. I knew I had to change. I wanted to become a mom one day, and I wanted to live a long life with my family.
What did you do for exercise when you started? Did you change it up throughout your weight loss journey?
When I first started I worked out about 3 times a week. I did Zumba on Playstation, a stationary bike, and went for walks about 30 mins at a time.. As that became easier I increased intensity and time I worked out. Now I workout 5 days a week usually for about 45 – 60 mins a day. I do at home workouts mostly Free Youtube ones. My favorites are from FitnessBlender. I have been working out with Kelli and Daniel for a large part of my journey and they have helped me to learn about health and fitness and to improve in my health journey.
I like to do a combo of strength training and cardio throughout my week. I really enjoy working out now, something I never thought I would say. It is my “me time” and puts me in a great mindset for the entire day. One thing I always try to tell people is find activities you enjoy. You just want to be moving your body, and find something that fits your fitness level for the time. If you enjoy what you’re doing it won’t feel like working out, it will be fun!
What did you do for nutrition when you started? Did you change it up throughout your weight loss journey?
To lose weight I tracked calories. I used MyFitnessPal to track what I was eating. I quickly learned what the calories looked like in my favorite foods. From what I was eating at 300 pounds I definitely changed my eating style. I ate more fruits and veggies and ate at home much more. Eating at home alone saves you tons of calories, compared to eating out. I also made sure I allowed myself to have foods I enjoyed still. If I wanted ice cream, I ate it. I just had a serving, instead of a giant bowl full with toppings. I did learn the foods that get you more volume for less calories, salads for example.
You can have a giant, filling salad, for very few calories. These are the types of “tricks” you learn that make being in a calorie deficit easier on you. You don’t want to feel hungry, so picking foods that keep you full longer is a major benefit. I did not follow a specific diet. I ate all the food groups. I enjoy carbs greatly, and I was not willing to, or needing to cut them out to lose weight. My favorite type of dishes are taking foods you love and making a “healthier” version so you can still enjoy them well in your daily life. For example, we make home made pizza often! We get to enjoy foods we like, but not have to worry about how much we are eating. I only take a daily vitamin. I did not purchase any “weight-loss” supplements. They are not needed.
How did you stay mentally strong when it was tough losing weight? Did you ever give up? How did you recover?
Changing your life is hard. There will always be obstacles. Especially when it comes to people who use food for comfort. Life is still going to happen and you have to find new ways to cope without running to food. I basically changed how I thought completely. I was a negative person before I changed my lifestyle. I just decided that being that way was not doing me any good. It was only hurting me to think so poorly all the time.
I focused on positivity and my goals. If I was struggling I would be sure to do something to keep myself busy, like go for a walk for example. I was definitely not perfect, and no one is. Everyone will have off days, but what matters is you just keep going. If you have a day you eat way too much, or skipped workouts for a week, just start fresh. It is fine! You just need to focus on you! You deserve this, and your mind and body.
Did you use any sort of trackers/apps/scales to track your weight loss progress?
I used Myfitnesspal to track my food and my activity.
When did you start to notice progress in your weight loss journey?
When I first started the weight started coming off fast. It didn’t take long for myself, and others to notice I was changing. It was a big motivator. It didn’t continue to come off that fast, however, but I kept motivated with how much better I was feeling! My health was improving everyday, and I wanted that feeling to last forever.
Do you have any “hacks” or “secrets” that helped you lose weight?
- Figure out your “Why”. Why do you want to do this? Why do you want to succeed? You have to remember this as you go. It will help keep you going.
- Discipline will often be over Motivation. Not every day did I feel like eating what I planned or working out, but my discipline and dedication kept me going.
- Don’t cut out foods you love. You will not be able to maintain that and you will usually end up giving up.
- This is NOT a diet. This is a lifestyle change. Change how you live and it will be so much easier to maintain this for the rest of your life.
What advice would you give beginners who are looking to lose weight?
Remember this will take time. You did not gain weight or become unhealthy overnight. Be realistic with your goals and expectations. Remember NO ONE is perfect. Everyone will make mistakes and that is okay.
It is a learning process and you will always learn something new! Some days will be so easy, and others will be HARD. Most importantly remember why you are doing this. You are worth it. It is worth the work. You can do it!
Do you have any fitness books/podcasts/websites that you’d recommend and why?
Jordan Syatt has an Instagram and a podcast, I definitely recommend him for his information. He is funny and he has helpful and simple tips for everyone. Cheatdaydesign in Instagram and has great tips and recipes. FitnessBlender.com has hundreds of free workouts, and informational videos to help people learn about living a healthy lifestyle.
Where can we find more about you?
My Health Facebook – Healthy With Eden – https://www.facebook.com/healthywitheden
My Health Instagram – HealthyWithEden – https://www.instagram.com/healthywitheden/
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