Weight Loss Story of the Day: Denise lost 34 pounds. After years of insecurity, depression, negative comments from others and fearing that her weight would contribute to illness, Denise decided that it was time to change!! She is still on her weight loss journey, but she wanted to share her progress with us…
Hi my name is Denise (IG: lovedeealways) and I’d like to share my progress thus far. Feelings of depression and insecurities consumed me for many years. I listened to all the mean hurtful, hateful things people said about my size instead of embracing the beautiful person I knew I was. I decided to change my life not only because I wanted to feel more secure but because I wanted to be healthy. I’ve seen people in my family live their lives on medication due to diabetes, high blood pressure etc. I’m excited to continue this journey! I’m down 34 lbs, with aspirations to lose another 51 lbs.
I’ve always struggled with my weight since I was a little girl. I went back and forth with fad diets, diet pills and even trying to starve myself. I lost weight and as I started to gain it went out of control. I hated taking pictures, hated looking in the mirror or going out. Yes, I’m a introverted person BUT some of it was attributed to my weight. I was once told “You are a beautiful girl but the first thing people are going to see if that you are FAT.” Surprisingly that wasn’t my breaking point because I’ve heard so many horrible things before. My real breaking point was when I found out someone had the nastiest things to say about me and it really hurt me because I never knew the person thought or felt this way. Not that I cared so much about this person BUT it did hurt. At that point I felt the need to prove a point! Besides, I wasn’t happy with myself anyway. I felt beautiful on the inside, however no matter what people told me I didn’t feel the same on the outside.
I started off by cutting out one unhealthy thing every week. Then, I tried to stop eating processed sugar by eating less of it and instead eating more fruit to supplement the sweet. I pushed myself to wake up early every morning to workout (mainly cardo at the time). Slowly but surly the weight started to decrease. I went from 235 lbs to 201 lbs. I’ve fallen and have got back up again. It’s all a process and to stay motivated I make sure to follow a lot of other people on the same path as me. I also think about my health. I don’t want to follow the in the foot steps of my parents and be on medication for the rest of my life.