Erica Drops Lost 157 Pounds Body Weight in a Year

What was the turning point that prompted you to lose weight?

My son, who was around 2 at the time, asked me to play on the floor with him. I was sitting on the couch and the mere thought of getting up, laying down on the floor, and having to pick up the toys was so exhausting that I told him no. That was terrifying. I went to weigh myself and saw 322 pounds on the scale. My heart sank.

When did you start trying to lose weight?

I have been heavy since middle school. I had always tried to lose weight. However, once I got off the scale that day, I felt a switch turn. The next day I was full-blown ready to lose the weight! I actually lost my first 122 pounds in the first 13 months. I’ve learned to be patient about the rest of the weight loss. I’ve toned and built muscle the remainder of my journey. I’m still going!

How did you get started?

I just did it. Since I had always been trying to lose weight, I remembered how exhausting and overwhelming it was trying to find the perfect diet plan or weight loss trick. This time, I stuck with the basics. Less calories in, more calories out. I downloaded the MyFitnessPal app on my phone and started there.

What was your biggest challenge?

I am a binge eater – I still am. I have moments that are triggers for me; they make me want to eat everything in the kitchen, including the cabinets. I have eaten a box of pop tarts, cereal, and a whole package of cookies in one binge before.

Were there times you wanted to quit or give up? How did you stay motivated?

I think if you don’t have those moments your journey isn’t honest. I have those moments monthly. I tracked and shared all of my weight loss on Instagram, which helped keep me motivated. But once, I found a website where people talk about famous bloggers – the things they said about me and my family, how I talk, and how I dress were so hurtful. I wanted to stop sharing my story. I felt like if these people were that hurtful, it wasn’t worth it. But I snapped out of it. One phrase will always stick with me: “If they don’t know you personally, don’t take it personally.”

If you reached a weight loss plateau, how did you break out of the rut?

You always have to switch up your workout routines. You don’t want your body ever getting used to something.

What’s your current exercise routine?

I like to make my workouts fun by keeping them simple. I don’t have a routine, and I think that’s why I’ve been successful. My workouts can be anything from 15 sets of HIIT to 60 minutes of cardio to 90 minutes of a leg workout and some ab exercises. I do make sure I sweat and spend at least 60 minutes in the gym. I’m addicted to sweat. Once I see those driblets rolling, I almost challenge myself to be a pool by the time I’m done.

What’s your daily diet look like?

I am a creature of habit. Breakfast is always five egg whites and a wheat English muffin. Two hours later, it’s a non-fat yogurt. Lunch is typically 4 ounces of a lean meat, 1/2 cup of a carb, and lots of veggies. My mid-afternoon snack is a lean meat and some veggies, sugar-free Jello, or 100-calorie popcorn. I don’t deprive myself; I just practice moderation. Dinner is typically the same as lunch, and I have a protein shake after my workouts.

How has losing weight changed your life?

Simple: It’s now officially my life. Before, I let the weight define me and my boundaries. Now, I don’t. I make the rules. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to help people. Some even say I inspire them, which still blows my mind to this day. The fact that I can go to sleep happy with who I am and know that someone saw my transformation pictures and was inspired – that’s enough for me!

Do you have any advice for those trying to lose weight?

Yes! Stop making losing weight or being healthy such a chore! We are moms, wives, daughters – we have enough chores in these roles. We don’t need to make what we do for ourselves a chore. Make this fun. It’s your time! Learn to make the gym your happy place: Buy a new workout tank; download some new jams; make friends there and think of them as family.
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Amanda Lost 70 Pounds with weight-loss journey

What was the turning point that prompted you to lose weight?

My senior year of college, I became engaged and was so excited to go shopping for a wedding dress! That is, until I actually got to the store. The boutiques turned me away because they didn’t carry plus-size dresses. I couldn’t try anything on. My weight had destroyed what was supposed to be one of the happiest days of my life. It made me open my eyes and realize that I needed to do something to make a change. I went to Target, bought a few Jillian Michaels DVDs, and embarked on a healthy lifestyle.

When did you start trying to lose weight?

In June 2014, I started working out five times a week. I was a bit nervous to start – especially after my first couple of workouts. I had to take breaks often, and I worried that I would never make it through a whole workout. But once I began to notice that I was losing weight, I knew I could keep it up!

A couple of months later, I joined for more guidance on my weight-loss journey and advice on how to start eating properly. I began cooking healthy recipes from the site, tracking my foods, and consistently working out.

Were there times when you wanted to quit or give up? How did you stay motivated?

Whenever I felt like I was falling off the bandwagon, I would read to weekly podcast to motivate myself. She always teaches me something to help me grow and keep moving – and the witty banter always lifts my spirits. I am also a very organized person – I love lists and planners – so the site was perfect for me! I could track everything in the Food and Fitness journal, which held me accountable to my goals.

What’s your current exercise routine?

I work out at least five times a week, but I often mix it up to keep things interesting. Sometimes I’ll do a Jillian circuit workout or one of her DVDs. On other days, I’ll go for a jog with my dog or hit a yoga class. I enjoy the diversity, and trying out new forms of exercise has been fun!

What’s your daily diet look like?

For breakfast, I’ll usually have eggs with veggies and some fruit on the side. I bring my lunch to work, and I typically take a salad with avocado, chicken or turkey, and brown rice. As for snacks, I’ll usually have fruit with almond butter or veggies with hummus. Dinner varies, but it’s usually fish or chicken with some sort of veggie (broccoli, asparagus, green beans, Brussels sprouts) and a grain (brown rice or quinoa).

What’s your favorite healthy snack and meal?

My favorite snack is an apple with almond butter, and breakfast burritos are my favorite healthy meal!

How has losing weight changed your life?

I love that I can go shopping and actually enjoy trying on clothes. I love that I can participate in outdoor activities with my friends and family. I love that I am proud of the person I see in the mirror. I love that I enjoy meeting new people again and am not embarrassed to see old friends.  I love being healthy and happy!

Do you have any advice for those trying to lose weight?

My advice is to really dedicate yourself to the reason you want to lose weight and what you will gain from all of your hard work. I want to lose weight so that I can be healthy enough to enjoy my life with my friends and family. When I am tempted to overeat, or give up before the end of the workout, I think about all I will be able to do if I just keep pushing!

Keep Changing Your Diet

Keep Changing Your Diet

 Keep on changing you ordinary dietary habits. This can help you meet your target to burn belly fat rapidly. Try to add vitamins, minerals, nutrients and other essentials in your ordinary diet. Rather than focusing on meat and animal fats, eat a lot of green vegetables and pulses. This increases the metabolic system and burn belly fat effectively.

Is Rapid Weight Loss Healthy?

Is Rapid Weight Loss Healthy?

So you have some extra pounds of goo hanging around your mid section that you want to lose. I mean you want to lose it fast! But is there such a thing as losing weight too fast and is rapid weight loss healthy?

First let 's define rapid weight loss. For some that might be 2 pounds a week and for others it might be two pounds a day.

The fact of rapid weight loss is there, look at the way you choose how. We later will tell you how fast Weight Loss Healthy

For pre-menopausal women interested in losing weight

The sleep-hormone/weight gain dynamic is more complex for women than men due to monthly hormonal shifts associated with menstruation. A poll from the National Sleep Foundation found that more than 70 percent of menstruating women experience disturbed sleep. 

The female hormones estrogen and progesterone both have crucial functions in relation to sleep and weight loss. Estrogen increases REM sleep while progesterone, a sleep-promoting hormone, is also known for increasing appetite. The combination of the hormonal fluctuation affects sleep, appetite, and energy levels during each phase of a woman’s menstrual cycle.

For pre-menopausal women interested in losing weight, here are some simple strategies to improve your sleep and quality of life:

Drink enough water - Drinking more fluids will help the body flush out excess sodium which may reduce bloating and discomfort.

Take calcium supplements - Research has shown that a 1200 milligram daily calcium supplement can reduce PMS symptoms by 50 percent.

Take magnesium supplements - Magnesium increases the body’s production of serotonin, a calming hormone. In combination with calcium, magnesium is a muscle relaxant which can soothe cramps and other physical aches and pains.

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