How I Lost 117 Pounds With Bariatric Surgery
Hi! Tell us about yourself…why did you decide to start losing weight?
I started my weight loss journey when I stepped on the scale at the doctor’s office and saw that I was over 300 lbs. I knew I had gained a significant amount of weight over the last several years but didn’t realize that I gained 100 lbs. I exhausted several different diets throughout my life but decided to really focus on balanced meals and exercising 6 days a week.
After following the WW plan and doing boxing 6 days a week for over a year without any weight loss, I just knew that I had to ask for help. I explored Bariatric surgery and found an amazing group of women on Instagram who got the gastric sleeve surgery and had phenomenal results. I was fortunate enough that my insurance covered it in full and I had my weight loss surgery.
I have to be mindful of everything I eat, to make sure it is the best option for me, as I can only eat so much and I am very active. I count my steps and have been working out at my community gym since the pandemic started. I am now down 117 lbs and I am down 3 pant sizes!
What was your workout routine? Can you give us what a typical week looked like for you working out?
I try to change up my exercise routine as much as I can but from April of 2020-September of 2020, I started tracking my steps and walked at least 5 miles a day.
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In 2020 alone, I walked over 1000 miles. I use resistance bands and try to utilize bodyweight exercises like planks, squats, and lunges. When I can go to my community gym, I use their free weights. I try to make sure that I am active for at least an hour a day. The best advice I can give is to set a goal, hold yourself accountable, and be consistent! Consistency is key.
What was your nutrition like? Can you give us what a typical day of eating looked like?
Since I had my surgery, I try to eat foods that are nutrient-dense and high in protein. I eat lean meats such as seafood, rotisserie chicken, and lean ground turkey. If I buy any ground meat, I make sure that it’s at least 90% lean because my nutritionist said that anything less than that isn’t good for me.
I buy tons of frozen veggies and eat lots of fruit. I enjoy ended my day with a bowl of fruit, that keeps me satisfied at night and makes me feel like I am having a special treat but it’s still healthy.
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How did you stay motivated to lose weight? Did you ever slip up?
I’ve had many, many setbacks regarding weight loss all of my life. There were times when I had trouble with portion control and felt the need to finish the food on my plate, even when I was full. My biggest frustration was before my surgery and seeing the scale continue to go up, even though I was following a balanced diet and exercising my butt off.
Now that I am a year post-op, the scale is slowing down and I find myself at a plateau. That can be a mind f*** when you’ve worked so hard for results and are finally seeing them, and then it stops or slows before you’ve reached your goal. I am trying to look at all that I’ve accomplished and I love myself and where I am at. I want to lose another 25-30 lbs but I won’t feel like a failure if I don’t. I’ve already lost over 100 lbs and I am so so proud of that.
When did you start to notice progress?
I started noticing my progress when my clothes became looser and I could finally see my collar bones again! I remember washing my body in the shower and thinking “I feel thinner but am I?” I remember stepping on the scale and seeing that I was 75 lbs down at that time and was shocked. I ended up doing a before and “during” photo on my phone and that’s how I saw the difference!
Do you have any weight loss “hacks” or “secrets” that helped you succeed?
Consistency. Consistency. Consistency.
I have noticed a difference on the scale when I hold myself accountable for following my balanced diet and working out the same amount of times every week, consistently. I also find healthy alternatives for the cheat foods that I like. I replace sour cream with plain Greek yogurt. I replace pasta with cauliflower rice and zoodles (zucchini noodles). I love having fruit for dessert!
What is your best advice to beginners who are looking to lose weight?
I would say do not compare your progress/results to anyone else. Your journey is yours and as long as your consistent and keep a positive mindset, you will achieve your goals.
Where can we find more about you?
My Instagram is @ashleyjanay_
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