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How Can I Lose Weight Permanently?

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I was born in a family addicted to food. I didn’t fully understand this as a kid. I remember my mom telling me they realized we were eating out too much when they would announce it was time for dinner and I would ask where we were going. I also remember my mom trying to put us through diets trying to get us healthier. They never worked. The first time I remember being made fun of for my weight was fifth grade. I was sitting on the grass at recess and a boy came up to kick my legs and make fun of how they jiggled. I chased him in anger while we were supposed to be lining up to come in. Somehow, we both got in trouble for that, but he did not get in trouble for kicking me or making fun of my weight.

How My Lifestyle Helped Nothing

Middle school was relatively uneventful. At this point I knew I preferred reading, art, and playing video games more than human interaction. I had a small group of friends who were very much the same. Once I hit high school, I ended up injuring my knee during a tennis match, which wasn’t treated properly by the first doctor I saw resulting in seven months of me bound to a wheelchair. I was never super active before being in a wheelchair but going from at least walking around, participating in gym class, and playing a sport to being nearly immobile for seven months and then on light duty even longer made a difference. I ate the same as I did before of course, probably more out of boredom, so I gained weight.

College Weight Loss

You know how they talk about freshman gaining 15 pounds when they get to college? I actually lost weight! The food wasn’t as good, I didn’t have a lot of money to stock up on snacks, and the campus restaurant was all you can eat but not open 24/7. I lived in a dorm the first year, and then moved into an apartment and fully lived away from home the next two years. It wasn’t so much that I was eating better, but I was eating less and walking a lot more. My mom got a job offer to move across the country from Michigan to Florida, where. Even though I had been living away from home at college for a few years I decided I wasn’t ready to live that far from them, so I moved too. I was about 21 at the time.

Setbacks

Now I was by no means the epitome of health. I still ate the same food just not as much. So naturally when I moved back in with my family, I gained all the weight back that I lost at college. Got a job, had more money for my own food, and gained more. So basically, I learned nothing about proper diet at college. The only reason I lost weight was because I was more active walking around campus. Obviously at this point it is not my family’s fault for my poor eating habits and weight gain but living with them in general was enabling me. The food I wasn’t able to afford to have around before was now readily available. I ate whatever dinner my family ate, which were not usually the healthiest, and I felt like I needed seconds with every meal. I felt awful physically and mentally.

My Motivation

I lost a lot of self-confidence. I was disappointed in myself for gaining all the weight back, and I felt over all less healthy. At this point I was the heaviest I had ever been, which was roughly 200 pounds. I got a job that had a wardrobe department and not only was it embarrassing to get the size clothes I needed, but it was even worse when I had to go in for a bigger size. I decided I wanted to make a serious change, not only to lose weight but to improve my overall health. One thing I already knew from growing up around so many failed attempts at dieting was that I wasn’t going to diet my way successfully back down to where I wanted to be.

Diets Don’t Work

I started doing research, I wanted to figure out how people lose weight and keep it off. The main thing I learned was that you need to make a lifestyle change. The main reason diets don’t work is that it is not a way people can eat forever. The first thing I did was start making small changes. I cut out certain junk foods, stopped eating fast food, and tried to eat less. I started drinking more water, which helped me realize that a lot of the time I wasn’t hungry. Lastly, I switched to eating smaller meals and snacks throughout the day instead of three big meals. My grandma would even cook me separate food that was similar to the meal everyone else was eating.

Changing My Habits

It is so easy to eat an excessive number of calories when all you eat is junk. The moment that hit home the most is when I looked at the nutrition label on my favorite frozen pizza, which I use to eat in one sitting (we are talking 1,320 calories for just cheese). Should I have already known about calories, healthy vs. not healthy, and moderation? Yes, but as I said I grew up in a food addicted family and did not fully understand just how bad my eating habits were. I also feel a lot of brands trick people into thinking foods are healthier than they are. It is easier now to avoid eating huge quantities of junk because I simply don’t enjoy the excessive sugar and grease. I still like having junk food occasionally, but I do not have as much of a craving as I use to.

The Exercise

Once I got my eating under control I started working out. This is what I recommend to anyone who hates working out. Jumping into both can be overwhelming. As your body adjusts to eating healthier you tend to have less energy, and then more energy again. Allowing myself time to adjust made working out easier. I couldn’t afford a gym membership so I looked up programs I could do at home. Blogilates by Cassey Ho was a total game changer in my workout routine. My favorite part is most of her workouts require no equipment. I worked out every day. At first it was hard, I am not personally a fan of working out. I stuck with it though and it slowly got easier until I actually enjoyed it! I enjoyed seeing the results and enjoyed how working out made me feel better both physically and mentally.

Learning Curve

This whole journey taught me just how unhealthy I used to be. I was unaware of how many unhealthy foods I was consuming, and the effects they were having on my weight. Once I learned how to get my diet under control and working out became something enjoyable instead of a chore, it was easy to lose weight and maintain it. Do I still stay the same weight at all times? No, I have minor setbacks, but nothing like before. I have not had to buy larger sizes in clothes since I started. Plus, I felt confident enough to donate my old larger clothes.

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Comments

Rochelle
December 14, 2021 at 9:15 pm

Weight loss is something that I’m currently dealing with and I installed an app on my phone so that I can track calories every day. Like your moment with your pizza, it has been shocking to learn just how many calories I have been eating without a second thought!



    December 15, 2021 at 9:22 am

    Yes! The food industry does not help either. They tend to break food into ridiculously small serving sizes so the calories look more reasonable. I also noticed they tend to try passing food off as healthy that is not actually healthy.



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