Jackie lost 68 pounds. Tired of being depressed and self-conscious, she decided to take action. She just wanted to feel better and get relief from her PCOS symptoms. Eating healthy at least 80% of the time and working out regularly paid off.
What was your motivation? What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up?
My motivation was to be a healthier me, both physically and emotionally. I was tired of being depressed. I grew tired of staying in the house, not wanting to be seen. I was extremely self-conscious and felt ashamed in my own skin. I wasn’t able to be the active mom I wanted to be for my son. I was also dealing with severe back pain and PCOS. The only way I could feel better and see my PCOS symptoms get better was to lose weight. I just wanted to be the best version of myself.
How did you change your eating habits?
I changed my portion sizes. In the beginning, I ate small breakfasts, like yogurt and a fruit or scrambled eggs and whole wheat toast. Instead of eliminating carbs, I ate whole grains. I love pasta. I just made healthier versions of the foods I loved. I tried to eliminate as much soda and sweets as possible. I drank as much water as I could, at least 64oz a day. My goal was to eat healthy 80% of the day. I still give myself some freedom to treat myself, so that I can stay sane and minimize my chances of just giving up. I took it one day at a time. I also understood that I would make mistakes. It’s okay to start over as much as you need to as long as you do your best each time.
What did your workout routine consist of?
I walked on my treadmill or outside for at least 30 mins to 1 hour, 4-5 times a week. I also used dumbbells for strength training.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 283 pounds, and my current weight is 215 pounds…and still losing. My height is 5’7″.
When did you start your journey? How long did your transformation take?
I started in March 2018. It took about 8 months.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
I learned to be patient with myself. I realize it’s a journey and it takes time. I also learned to be happy with where I am now and to never get comfortable or stop. Keep going or keep maintaining.
What advice do you have for others who want to lose weight?
Do what’s best for you. What worked for someone else might not work for you. Find a physical activity you can do and stick to that is not too hard to start with. I always suggest walking first, then work your way up to a more intense workout. Talk to a nutritionist or dietician. They have so much knowledge and will keep you on the right path. Don’t get discouraged when you don’t hit your small goals. Don’t weigh yourself every day!