There’s no one-size-fits-all formula to weight loss. What it comes down to is experimentation and dedication. In that process there will most likely be ups and downs, successes and failures and moments where you want to throw your hands up and give up. But where there’s a will, there’s a way. See what it took for this woman to lose 200 pounds and keep it off.
The journey to lose 200 pounds
Growing up, food was my friend. I had a bit of a rocky childhood. My parents divorced when I was little, my mom passed away when I was 10, and I lived with my dad and stepmom, who was extremely controlling. While I was living with them, my stepmom kept a close eye on the portions of my food, so I stayed at a fairly healthy weight.
When I went to live with my grandparents, there were no rules on what I could and couldn’t eat—and my weight just exploded. I would eat entire bags of chips, pizza, ice cream, and sandwiches loaded with cheese and mayo. I found myself eating as a coping mechanism to deal with all of the family drama and anything else that was going on in my life. Within four years, I went from weighing 180 pounds to about 320.
When I went to grad school after college, I weighed about 388 pounds. My family and friends were on my case to get healthy again, but I coudln’t commit to it. Then one day, I felt my heart racing very, very fast for no reason. I still don’t know if it was caused by a panic attack or my weight, but I had to go to the emergency room and have my heart stopped and restarted. It was so scary. I knew I had do something.
About six months after that incident, I found a Groupon for boxing classes at Title Boxing. I’ve always wanted to try boxing as a stress reliever and to work out some of my emotions, but I never had. So I went to the gym and did my first class, which was incredibly hard. But I signed up for a membership the same day. I was ready.
After signing up, I started taking group classes three to four times a week. I loved the support from the other people in my class. It was super motivating. A few weeks after I started working out, I had a session with a personal trainer who taught me a little about nutrition. We made a plan that focused on eating 40 percent protein, 30 percent fat, and 30 percent carbs, all of which had to come from healthy sources, which meant I had to learn to cook.
I kept track of all of it with the MyFitnessPal app. Though it was tedious and took a few hours out of my weekend, the weight started to come off really quickly. Plus, as I got into a routine, I started to prep and cook my meals much faster.
The most frustrating part was hitting a plateau, and it happened to me a few times. When it did, I knew I had to change something up. So I went from taking kick boxing, boxing, and other workout classes three or four times a week to hitting the gym five or six times. Then, I added in weight-lifting into my routine.
Over the course of two years, I lost more than 200 pounds—and now weigh 178 pounds.
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