I saw this video today and I decided right away what I was going to write about. My weight loss experience.
This is a personal article for me and it’s taken me a long time to write for 3 reasons:
1. I have to admit to myself and others that even though I preach about being confident in your skin, that I have struggled with my weight for years
2. I have to admit that I’m not as independent as I thought, and I actually need my friends and family.
3. I have to admit that I don’t hate my ex boyfriend haha.
This might not seem like a lot to some people and to others it will seem unbelievable, but in first year university I was at least 40 pounds heavier than I am now.
This was me, 7 years ago. 5’5″ and 160 pounds.
Ugh. Again, I’m sure some people are saying “oh that’s not bad” and I know I am not a crazy success story. I haven’t lost 200 pounds and to some people this might not be a story that will inspire them. But keep in mind that this is based on a very strong effort to not gain weight.
For those who have had smaller struggles with your weight, you’ll understand the frustration around doing something that you think will work and not getting the results you think you should. If you are that person, I think this article will help.
I’ve struggled with my weight ever since I was young. I have never been a big “dieter” but I have always been conscious about what I eat. I’ve gone on a few diets just to figure out what I can and cannot eat but normally my “diets” consisted of just not eating enough, losing 10 pounds and then gaining it back because there was no way to keep my body healthy while eating what I was eating.
So, in first year university, I hit my highest weight of 160 pounds. I wasn’t working out, and I was eating everything because I seemed to attract friends who could eat whatever they wanted without gaining a pound. I was not only tired and sick all the time, I was also somewhat depressed and in a slum.
I had a few friends that I started to do cardio with and some classes and I will say that obviously that helps. I had a lot of help and motivation from my friends and family which is very important, but for anyone who tells you you won’t lose weight doing cardio, that’s not true. You will to a certain degree and it did for me. I started to lose weight, but then I hit a standstill.
In third year, I started dating a guy that changed my life (even though I would never let him know this and I’m sure he’s never actually going to read this.) He was a body builder and he was adamant that I should start lifting heavy weights. I didn’t want to get BIG again, so lifting heavy weights seemed scary.
GETTING TO THE POINT
This was very new to me, and when he said heavy he meant HEAVY. Like, lift until if someone gave you a million dollars to do one more, you still couldn’t do it heavy. So, I did. I started training with him, and not only did the rest of the weight fall off, but I actually felt good about myself and healthy. I had muscle, I felt strong and I didn’t get any bigger.
So, here is my challenge to you:
If you’re having troubles keeping the weight off, try weights! You don’t have to go crazy with protein diets and cutting out all carbs, but I promise you will see a difference much faster than if you just do cardio.
So this is me now, 5’5″ and 125 pounds:
Feeling healthy and happy. So try a weight work out! The worst that can happen is that you think you’re getting too big, so you STOP.