100+ Pounds, Female, Weight Loss Surgery

How Nadine Lost 100 Pounds in 11 Months With Healthy Habits and Weight Loss Surgery

Hi! Tell us about yourself…why did you decide to start losing weight?

nadine pre-weight loss
Pre-Weight Loss

I can’t remember the specific day I decided to make a change, but I’ve been overweight most of my life and for the longest time I just wanted to lose the weight. It didn’t matter how I lost it… I would have done anything and I almost did everything, but nothing seemed to stick.

My mental health was at its worst at the time I decided that it’s gonna be now or never. I really didn’t want to live the life I was having and decided to do something about my mental health first and the weight loss was just a part of the “healthy mind, healthy body” transformation plan.

I then decided to have weight loss surgery in February 2020 just to have the tool and extra support I needed to reach my goals.

What did you do for exercise when you started? Did you change it up throughout your journey?

Growing up I wasn’t the most athletic child but I did play sports. Mostly because of making friends and being part of a team made me happy but as I got older I lost interest in sport and chose to spend my time indoors.

I started working out 6 months after I had my surgery and have been going to the gym 3-5 times a week. I do cardio twice a week and on the other days, I do strength training (each day a different muscle group).

What did you do for nutrition when you started? Did you change it up throughout your journey? 

When I first started with the pre-op diet I was eating low carb, low fat, and high protein. After surgery, you have to introduce the foods you normally had slowly to your “new stomach” and see how your body reacts to each. I’ve noticed that I can’t tolerate any type of high sugary foods and also high fats.

So I’ve been trying to keep my diet as natural as possible eating red meat only once or twice a week and sticking with chicken and fish with any type of vegetables. I love having fruits as a snack twice a day and I do sometimes have my share of carbs. I believe that you shouldn’t deprive yourself of having the foods you want but when you do, having them in moderation.

How did you stay mentally strong when it was tough? Did you ever give up? How did you recover?

There has never been a journey that was easy for anyone and I had to remind myself of that every single day and still do. Life is hard, but you have to choose your hard. I am very lucky to have the most supportive family and I truly would not even be here today if it wasn’t for them believing in me. Sometimes more than I believed in myself.

Once you’ve reached your lowest and you’ve been in that deep dark pit of depression it’s hard to convince yourself that what you are doing and what you’ve achieved is all gonna be worth it in the end. I made my Instagram page as a place where I could document my journey and maybe inspire a few others in the same situation as me and having that page has kept me accountable throughout my journey.

Did you use any sort of trackers/apps/scales to track your progress?

I don’t believe in tracking food, because you should eat to fuel your body not to satisfy your mind and reaching a specific calorie goal.

I’ve tracked my weight loss on an app called “Monitor Your Weight” for the past 2+ years and am using my Apple Watch to track my workouts. I never aim for a specific amount of calories burned. I focus on getting at least 45 min of movement. It doesn’t matter what type of cardio I do, I am looking for that feel-good feeling afterward.

When did you start to notice progress?

The only time I’ve ever felt like “wow, I did it” was when people around me started noticing the change in my appearance. I’ve struggled with body dysmorphia and still, today feel like the 250-pound girl.

You don’t see the change in the mirror but you feel the change in your clothes and it’s hard to wrap your head around. Sometimes it’s hard to understand but having a community of women going through the same struggles as I am on Instagram helps me a lot. 

Do you have any “hacks” or “secrets” that helped you succeed?

There is no secret to weight loss. There is no secret method or pill or shake that works overnight. You have to put in the work, you have to want it so bad that you are willing to change your mindset and create new healthy habits for the life you want and deserve.

Do you have any fitness books/podcasts/websites that you’d recommend and why?

It all depends on what type of lifestyle you will be following, but I chose to follow inspiring weight loss accounts on Instagram and also the hashtags that you feel will inspire you daily.

Where can we find more about you?

Instagram : @nxdinelosingx 

Facebook : Nadine Lourens

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