How I Lost 25 Pounds In 1 Year With Weight Watchers
Hi! Tell us about yourself…why did you decide to start losing weight?
For the majority of my life, I’ve been a midsize gal trying to lose a few pounds. But when I was about 23-24 I slowly started to gain 70 lbs over the course of two years.
I’ve always been uncomfortable in my body but when I was nearing 26 years old my massive weight gain dawned on me. I woke up in the middle of the night in a panic attack and wanted to literally crawl out of my skin because I was so uncomfortable. That’s when I decided I needed to take action. It did take a couple of months for me to figure out how I wanted to go about it.
What was your workout routine? Can you give us what a typical week looked like for you working out?
I’ve always liked strength training, even before my big weight gain I used to work out at the gym. Then when I had gained weight I was afraid of going to the gym because of the fear of judgment, so I stopped. But about a year ago I started working out at the gym again.
I worked out about 4 times per week, did Sarah’s Day’s two workout plans alongside some extra strength training. I usually did legs and glutes on Mondays, arms, and chest on Tuesdays, core on Thursdays, and legs and glutes on Fridays again.
The most helpful advice I can give is that you do something that you like and don’t force yourself to follow someone else’s schedule or form of exercise. If you force yourself to do something you don’t enjoy it’ll most likely not last long term. You do you! Any movement is good!
What was your nutrition like? Can you give us what a typical day of eating looked like?
I followed (follow) the WW blue plan and I love it! It really helps me think the right way about food and I get to enjoy things I love while still losing weight. This is what made it last long term for me.
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I eat a lot of eggs, fruit, chicken, pasta, cheese chocolate, and ice cream. A typical day of eating for me would be the following:
Breakfast, 7 am yogurt with a sliced banana and strawberry jam with two slices of bread that have butter and some type of protein on top.
Snack, 9:30 am: Most likely a banana.
Lunch, 12 pm: Sandwich or a wrap, possibly leftovers from the previous dinner.
Snack 4 pm: Some more fruit and a babybel cheese, or a protein bar.
Dinner, 7 pm: Lean protein, pasta/rice/potatoes, veggies, and some creamy sauce.
(Not all the time) Dessert, 9 pm: Low-calorie ice cream
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How did you stay motivated to lose weight? Did you ever slip up?
I am still on my journey and I had a “slip up” recently. Originally I had lost 40 lbs but I gained 18 lbs back between October-December 2020. My mental health declined during these months and I couldn’t keep up with my diet and exercise routine. It all got too much and seeing the scale go back up was incredibly discouraging.
But I got back on it. I did this by thinking about why I had a slip up in the first place which was my feeling of being overwhelmed along with declining mental health. So I tried to make the whole thing less overwhelming by breaking everything down into achievable tasks. For example, instead of thinking “I have to stay within my daily WW points forever” I instead thought “I’m going to stay within my WW points today”.
My goals became easier to achieve and it became a sort of gratifying for my mental health to actually achieve my goals, no matter how small. I guess you could say I’m taking it day by day now.
When did you start to notice progress?
I would say it was overall very gradual and nothing major happened except for one time. That time was when I was able to fit into a smaller size of jeans. Then there were little changes here and there.
It was easier getting into the car, I could cross my legs a bit better, I started to see my collarbones again, I didn’t have to catch my breath after walking up a flight of stairs. Small things like that.
Did you use any sort of trackers/apps/scales to track your progress?
Do you have any weight loss “hacks” or “secrets” that helped you succeed?
Split up your big goals into smaller more obtainable goals. If your goal is to lose 100 lbs, for example, try not to focus on the big number, in fact: forget about the big number.
Instead set up a goal that you can reach within one week such as taking a walk every weekday or pre-tracking your meals. Give yourself the satisfaction of reaching a goal no matter how small. The feeling of “I did it” is amazing regardless!
Do you have any fitness books/podcasts/websites that you’d recommend and why?
Sarah’s Day’s first fitness plan is great for beginners and helps you ease into an active lifestyle, not just a fitness routine. You also don’t need any equipment so you can do it anywhere.
What is your best advice to beginners who are looking to lose weight?
Start small and find things that work for you and that you genuinely enjoy. Don’t do cardio if you don’t like cardio, try something else. And try not to go all-in at once, it’s okay to first start with your diet and then start working out a few months along the road. You do you!
And lastly, find a community! This journey is so much easier with the support of others in the same boat! I promise!
Where can we find more about you?
You can follow me @emmatransforms on Instagram!
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