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My weight loss surgery journey started at a hefty 428 pounds. I knew I had to start making changes, or I was going to end up in a very wide, very early grave. I was unhappy with my life, and my obesity shows it. In December of 2017, I started making small changes, and they paid off in a big way! In four weeks, I lost 17 pounds by tracking calories, exercising regularly and drinking more water. You can see slight differences in my photo comparison. These small changes to lose weight will be a catalyst for some larger changes coming up in the future.
On a Mission to Make Changes
Below is a picture of me taken at the end of September 2017 for my 30th birthday photoshoot. At this point in my life, I wasn’t necessarily happy about life. Sure, I had a great set of family and friends, but I felt like something was missing. I felt like I lost my ambition and my drive in life, and I desperately needed to get it back. I started making some changes in my life a few months before this photo, but after I turned 30, I kind of turned it into overdrive. Since then, I decided I wasn’t going to settle anymore, and I have been on a mission of personal growth.
Unhappiness Caused Obesity
I want to make something perfectly clear. Being fat does not mean you are unhappy and being skinny does mean you are happy. I used to think if I could just lose some weight, I’d be happier. When I realize now is that my obesity didn’t cause my unhappiness. My unhappiness caused my obesity. I wasn’t being fulfilled in life, so I ate food to compensate for it. Food brought a sense of peace and calm into my world that I so desperately craved. Really, my God-given purpose wasn’t being fulfilled, so I felt empty. Alone. Lost. Food was my comfort, so I ate. This overeating and not enough exercise is what caused my obesity.
Now that I am on a mission to lose weight and transform my life, I feel more fulfilled. I’m also on here helping other women go through this life-changing process. Exercise has become my comfort, and I am focused on making my weight loss and blog successful. When you have purpose and fulfillment in your life, food no longer has a place. I eat for satiety, not satisfaction now. I feel fulfilled in what I’m doing, and I’m living my God-given purpose.
Small Changes to Lose Weight
We’ve heard time and again that the key to lasting success is by making small changes to lose weight. I know this journey is a long one, so I decided to take things slow and make changes slowly. In November, I started with cutting out soda. I now drink more water in my day than I ever have before. Cutting out sugary drinks can make a big difference in your calorie intake. Your budget and wallet will thank you for this one!
Speaking of calories, the next small change I implemented was counting my calories. I use My Fitness Pal to track all of my calories I eat in a day. This way, I can tell when I have eaten too much and can slow down for the day. I received my target calorie goal from my nutritionist, but the app will also give you a suggested calorie goal based on your unique needs and goals.
Lastly, I started incorporating exercise into my life. I started by simply walking for 15 minutes, three times a week. Each week I increased it by a little bit, and it gets easier the more you do it. I don’t feel as winded as I once did, and it makes me feel good to challenge my body. This third small change is what really helped lead me to lose 17 pounds in four weeks.
Finding out how you learn best is something that is extremely helpful in school and life. Some may learn best by having someone explain things to them, others learn best by actually doing whatever it is they are learning, and others learn best by visual representation. For me, I am a visual learner. I need to write something down or see it in order for me to learn and memorize something.
I applied this concept to several things in my life. For my debt payoff journey, I have a thermometer that I get to color in every time I pay down a debt. I have a spreadsheet that I fill out, and it automatically calculates my percentage of debt paid. I also created a weight loss chart that I get to color in every Monday. It goes up to 50 pounds since that’s what I have to lose until my surgery. Seeing the results of my hard work on paper and having a visual representation of it is so encouraging for me. I can see my efforts being paid off.
Here is a front view comparison of my 17 pound weight loss. I notice a slightly flatter stomach, but not much else.
Below is a side view comparison. Again, I notice a slight change in my stomach area, and maybe a little bit on my back rolls.
Finally, a back view comparison. I never see myself from the back, so I didn’t realize how much of an ogre I look like from behind. I feel like I can see a slightly flatter back. I’m looking forward to the day when I don’t look like an ogre anymore.
There is not too much of a difference so far. However, I know if I stick with the program, I will see a huge difference in no time.
Catalyst for Changes
As I make these small changes to lose weight and see the results of my hard work pay off, it keeps me motivated to keep going. I want to see what other changes I make to create a big difference in my life. These small victories are a catalyst for a big championship in the end. As my confidence builds from my weight loss and life changes, it will inspire me to take new risks and make more changes in my life. After all, don’t we all just want to live a life we love?
To lose weight, you simply need to start. Start tracking your calories, start exercising and start drinking more water. These simple steps, when combined, can be super powerful. It’s what led me to lose 17 pounds in four weeks. My obesity is a symptom of my unhappiness, so I need to treat my unhappiness to treat my obesity. Transforming my life through these simple steps helps me feel fulfilled and gives me purpose. The pictures show just the beginning. All these small changes to lose weight are going to lead to powerful results. We just have to keep going, keep moving. Stop waiting for the right time or the right day. The time is now! Your moment is now. Start doing!
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Track your calories using an app, exercise more, drink more water and take progress photos to stay motivated.