How I Lost 30lbs without Losing the Food I Love
How I Lost 30lbs Without Losing the Food I Love
By: Tori Glaude (@toritaught_u)
I remember the nurse taking my vital signs and cuing me to step on the scale during my annual physical. The scale read 200 pounds...I thought it was a mistake. I had gain thirty pounds in just a few months. Seeing I had reached the 200s put me in state of shock. Other than my primary doctor telling me I need to lose weight, all my other vital signs during my physical went well. There was nothing to blame for my weight gain other than simply overeating junk food.
Obesity runs in my family; in fact, my brother, who passed away in his early thirties due to health complications, weighed almost 400 pounds at the time (although his weight wasn't the cause, it certainly didn't help).
It was about saying "yes," to health
Losing weight for me wasn’t just a "body image" thing, it was saying yes to health, life, and feeling good. At that weight and at my height, I felt so sluggish and didn’t want to do anything. I knew I had to change.
My First Step...Was to Stop Complaining
My first step wasn’t to go on a diet. It was to stop complaining about not fitting into clothes. I don’t even like saying the word "diet", so why put myself through it? I knew I needed a life change that is manageable long-term. Eventually, I stopped complaining daily about how miserable I felt and began seeking help. I started talking to myself differently. "I will lose this weight!"
My Next Step Was Finding a Personal Trainer
My next step was finding a personal trainer at a gym near by my house. The trainer introduced me to strength training (I didn’t know what I'd signed up for at first). And, as anyone who truly weight-trains can tell you, the building-muscle-losing-fat process feels slower than watching paint dry on the wall, but it brought rewards in many ways.
I met with the trainer three times a week at first, until I noticed other gym members attending his fitness classes. After about two months of attending the personal sessions, I began taking the kickboxing class. I was toning up, actively working out, except I hadn’t lost any weight, I actually gained a few pounds. Realizing this made me come to terms that I must change the way I eat.
My trainer told me about the biometrics program, which put me on a caloric restriction while strength training. I ate all the foods I ate, just less-fat versions of them. I tried this out for a while, but I often felt hungry. It was back to square one. But even though losing weight was a struggle, it was worth going through different programs until I found the ideal one.
One of my coworkers, who had successfully lost over 100 pounds, introduced me to the Weight Watchers program. In this program, you're given a daily points system of how much you can eat based on age, gender and weight, and each food is given a certain amount of points. Veggies, fruits, whole grains and proteins are given less points (some are zero) and fats/sugary foods are given higher points. My daily points started off as 30, and at first that felt hard to stay full within those points. However, when I started eating healthier, 30 felt like a great number of points to get to.
I Tracked Everything I Ate.
I tracked everything I ate. I had days when I went over my points, I had weeks that I gained 1 or 2 pounds, but I kept tracking and changing how often I ate. I ate many foods that had less points (fish, burgers, turkey, chicken, eggs, veggies) than I did junk food and sweets. I began feeling fuller longer and incorporated cardio with strength training. After a few weeks of WW program, I began shedding 5-10 pounds monthly, and in 4 months I was down to my goal weight of 170lbs. I made the decision to not cut out junk food and sweets all together, I just modified how much I ate of them. It's amazing how many people compliment me on my weight loss and how they're also shocked by how I still eat "normal". Now it is important to note that what worked for me might not work for others, finding the right program that your body responds to is the best route.
It feels good to finally look how I feel on the inside. Cheers to great health!