Tomorrow marks the second anniversary of my surgery. But I am not talking about weight loss surgery. I am talking about the removal of an ovarian tumor the size of a bowling ball. I’ve written about it countless times, and I’m sure I’ll write about it countless more — but it is the one thing that I’ll always come back to. This was the one major life event that shook me to my core. It was enough to prompt such a radical and fast transformation. In the last 14 months, I’ve lost an entire person in weight. I started out at 320 pounds and am down to 160 pounds. The craziest part about my weight loss story? I didn’t join a gym, didn’t have weight loss surgery, and I didn’t even start a special diet program. I did it all the hard, healthy, and natural way: I counted my calories, made good food choices, and exercised daily. These three ingredients were the key. No secrets and no shortcuts. Just sweat and will-power.
That being said, however, there are a few other factors that have helped me along my way. If you’re looking to lose a significant amount of weight and maintain that weight loss, here are some things you may want to keep in mind:
Just as stretching your muscles before an intense workout is important, so is the ability to stretch the mind, and adapt. Learn as you go along. Always do what works for your mental, physical, and emotional health. Don’t starve yourself to lose weight. Indulge every once in a while. Find out what works for you and always be willing to change.
Looking back on some of the weight loss tips I’ve doled out in previous articles, I shake my head a little bit. No weight loss tip should be set in stone or treated as gospel — and that includes the ones I’m sharing with you today! As long as you’re taking daily steps to better your health and bring you closer to your goals, you’re on the right path. So this is some of my most important advice: Be okay with trying something new! If it doesn’t work, then you’ll have learned what not to do.
It’s Not a Race
Ha! Try telling that one to me when I first began! To lose 160 pounds in 14 months is super-fast. If I had to do it all over again, I think I would have probably taken it a lot slower. Mentally and emotionally processing the weight loss is something that isn’t talked about very often, and it’s a challenge in itself.
As you lose the weight, you’re going to discover the underlying problems that resulted in the weight gain, and genes are rarely to blame! These are mental and emotional road blocks that you have to not only acknowledge and confront, but bust through. Weight loss, especially extreme weight loss, is shocking. To lose the weight at a slow or even moderate pace is beneficial, because it will give your mind (and body) time to adjust to the changes. Also, it helps with skin elasticity. The faster you lose the weight, the more loose skin you’re going to have.
I recently plateaued for about two months, and it was majorly discouraging. Up until then, I had experienced plateaus, but they were always brief. During those two months, I was successful at maintaining, but unsuccessful at moving forward. I got a little bummed out and I relapsed into some bad habits. Fortunately, I had been at my lifestyle change long enough to insure that I didn’t gain — long enough to have made plenty of good habits. I knew how to balance it out.
When the mind is ready to move forward, the body will inevitably follow suite. If you’re not ready, you’re just not ready. And there is nothing wrong with that! So if you’ve found that you’ve reached a plateau that you can’t just seem to bust on through, it may be because you need time to mentally prepare for the next step. Perhaps you need to learn the importance of maintaining — which will be essential tool once you do reach your goal weight. So try to have some patience. When you’re ready, trust that you’ll know exactly what needs to be done to rededicate yourself and push forward.
My Other Weight Loss Articles
Maintaining Significant Weight Loss After a Year
Tips I’ve Picked Up After Losing 100 Pounds
How I Lost Over 80 Pounds in 4 Months
How to Satisfy or Avoid Cravings
How to Stick to Your Weight Loss Regimen
How and When to Cheat on Your Diet