Read below as CiCi shares her story on losing weight and making healthy lifestyle changes for herself.
Success/ Achievement: I have lost 45 lbs and have maintained loss for the past 2 years
Method of Success: For the initial loss, weight watchers. I used it on and off for about a year. I’ve maintained my weight on my own by mainly watching what I eat. I try to be active a few times of week but my maintenance has mainly come from diet. Incorporating more fruits and veggies, whole grains (I barely eat white bread anymore), watching how much I eat, avoiding processed foods, including fast foods, etc. In my journey to lose the next 45, I’m trying to focus even more on clean eating and doing so consistently.
What I thought would be different: To be honest, nothing. It’s a struggle and I expected it to be one. I’ve always had weight issues and like many others, this isn’t my first time down the road of weight loss. It’s important top set realistic expectations in the beginning, that way, the road blocks won’t be so intimidating and unexpected.
Words of wisdom: As I mentioned earlier, set realistic expectations and goals. If you have a lot of weight to lose, as I did and still do, set small goals. And don’t beat yourself up if you don’t reach those milestones as quickly as you may have hoped. Focus on a lifestyle change rather than a weight loss goal. When you become desperate to reach a goal, you’ll succumb to the quick fixes- fad diets, cleanses, pills, and maybe even surgery. But when you focus on living and eating healthier, fat loss, which is what most of us are really looking for, is often a natural result. Just learn to listen to your body and what triggers your unhealthy eating. With time, it will all fall into place. But you have to give it time and be consistent. You didn’t gain weight overnight and you surely won’t lose it overnight.