When I was losing weight, I would get so many questions about what my “secret” was. How was I doing it?! I was always very flattered when people would notice that I was losing weight. But I didn’t always like that they couldn’t see the hard WORK I was putting in. I did not use a fad diet, I did not use a pill, I did not use a trainer and I certainly didn’t use “this one weird trick” that you see advertised on the internet all the time. I simply educated myself about nutrition and started exercising…a lot. I started with walking, which led to running. Then I did insanity for a while. When I got bored with that I started going to cycle classes at the gym. Then I trained for a 10 mile race and now I am training for a marathon. A typical week for me while I was losing 1-3 pounds a week was like this:
Since my body burns about 2000 calories a day just living, my goal was to burn anywhere from 700-1000 calories a day through exercise. Then I would eat about 1500-1700 calories a day (2000 on the weekends). At first, all I cared about was the calorie content. But once I started focusing on eating more fruits, veggies, protein, and less carbs and sugar, I really saw a huge difference! I have always had a problem with food, I have a lot of emotional attachments to it. So I had to make up for that with exercise. The weekends were the worst. I have since cut down to working out only once a day and it is a very difficult transition. But, I am no longer in weight loss mode so I must focus on not overeating so that I can maintain.
I documented the process in photos and measurements. When I was feeling defeated, I would look at them for perspective.
Me at my wedding in 2009 (my heaviest):
Me at my 10 mile race in April 2012 (total of 65 pounds lost):
I do not proclaim to know the weight loss “secret” because there is no secret. It takes education, commitment, hard work and a little bit of adaptability. It has taken me almost 3 years to get to where I am today. I failed…a lot. I cried…a lot. But I just tried to forgive myself for being human and kept on going!
“You have no choices about how you lose, but you do have a choice about how you come back and prepare to win again.” -Pat Riley