Weight Loss Story of the Day: Erica lost 55+ pounds. After finding motivation and results with a workplace weight loss contest, she found herself giving up when it was done. She checked herself, regained her motivation and has been on her weight loss journey for a year and a half. Check out what she shared with us about how she lost the weight…
I have been overweight all my life so it was something I just accepted. I thought that’s the way it was going to be, until I started a new job and entered their Biggest Loser competition. I was totally in it for the money, but once I saw the difference in my body physically and mentally I had to keep going ! So, here I am 50+ pounds lighter and 50 times happier
In the beginning I was purely motivated by the money from the contest. After the contest ended I kind of lost motivation. However, once I realized how badly the “unhealthy” food I was eating was altering my mood and physical appearance I kicked myself in my butt and regained motivation. I changed my eating habits drastically when I first started. Very limited eating of processed foods and I had lots of chicken and salads. As my journey continues, I have learned TONS of new information on eating along the way and I am not as restrictive as before. That being said, I still only eat little processed food and lean meats.
I do A LOT of cardio but now I am incorporating strength training and I love it. I do the gym early in the morning before work and it makes my day so much better ! I do about an hour of cardio and 30 minutes of weights a day.
My starting weight I was tipping the scale at 315+ pounds, right now I am roughly 260 pounds give or take. My ultimate goal is to get to 160 pounds! (I am 5’6″). I have been on this journey for about a year and a half, although there were a couple months after the biggest loser that I just quit :(.
MY ADVICE : DO NOT QUIT ! This is by far one the hardest things I have had to do. After living so unhealthy my entire life, it is not easy to break those terrible habits. I still struggle but seeing positive changes makes my choices a lot easier. ALSO, don’t hate yourself if you do break down and “cheat” or miss a workout here or there. It’s okay. Enjoy that meal then get up and get back to it! It’s just a bad day…not a bad life !