Weightloss story @__PrincessTiff

What led me to make a lifestyle change was the fact that I was always so unhappy with myself. I struggled with self-esteem issues pretty much the majority of my life and I honestly was tired of not loving what I saw staring back at me in the mirror. Also, the more weight I gained, the more I saw negative changes in my health.

When I first started going to the gym, I was very uncomfortable and self-conscious so I wouldn’t do much and I would try to go when no one would be there. For the first couple of months I only walked on the treadmill for 30min each time, 3 days a week and eventually as I got more comfortable, I began to extend my time and try different cardio machines. The elliptical was a challenge for me so I began to set small goals on there and as I achieved them, I would set more.

The first eating habit change that I made was Eliminating fast food. I use to eat fast food for breakfast, lunch and dinner so I knew that I had to let fast food go and then I removed all fried foods as well. I love chocolate, and always have! But I was out of control as I would eat packs of Oreos a day, I would eat cartons of ice cream a day and constantly snack on Little Debbie brownies so instead of removing all snacks from my life, I began to only purchase sugar free snacks. So I found alternatives; when cooking I began to bake everything and buy fat free ingredients only. I removed all carbonated beverages and began to train myself to only drink water and green tea as well as protein shakes.

The heaviest I have ever been was 245lbs and now my current weight is 172lbs. It has been 3yrs so far that I have been on my journey. The hardest part of my journey has been pushing myself to stick to my workout schedule. Being a full time employee and a full time student can cause a bit of exhaustion by the end of the day so the hardest part has been to push myself to go to the gym even when I’d rather just go to bed; but I always tell myself on days that I just really don’t want to go, a brief workout is better than no workout at all.

The lifestyle change I have made has improved my health tremendously, I no longer experience any of the pains I use to (in my leg and back) and I no longer struggle to breathe when I am sleeping. The thing that helps me in my journey is the self-love that I have found, it keeps me going. Feeling great about myself is my motivation. A piece of advice I can give is that you have to know and understand that you don’t lose weight overnight. You didn’t put on the weight overnight so you can’t expect to lose it overnight. Patience and dedication is key.