Transformation of the Day: Lisa lost 86 pounds. She’s been fighting the battle of the bulge since childhood. Diets and weight loss plans just led to a cycle of losing and then gaining back weight. 2 years ago, she decided to have surgery to change her lifestyle, but she says it’s not a quick fix. Check out her story.
I have been overweight all of my life, until now. I wore a size 14 in the 6th grade and back then it was very hard to find nice clothes. That was the beginning of my low self esteem. I have tried every diet and diet pill known to man. I would lose the weight successfully but always ended up gaining it back, plus some. I don’t even remember ever weighing less than 185 pounds or wearing less than a size 14.
I finally made up my mind and decided to have gastric sleeve weight loss surgery in September 2014. This was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life! I have lost over 80 pounds and have kept it off to date. I went from a size 18-20 to a size 8-10. My height is 5’2″. My highest weight ever was 249 pounds My weight the day of surgery was 238 pounds. My current weight ranges anywhere from 153 to 163 pounds (depending on the time of the month). I love the new me and my confidence is through the roof. No more low self esteem. Praise GOD! I finally know my worth.
Weight loss surgery is not a quick fix, it’s just a tool. It still takes discipline to eat a healthy diet and to workout. I walk 5 days a week for 30 minutes. I take the steps at work instead of the elevator, and I use my pedometer to make sure I take at least 10,000 steps a day. I haven’t been to a gym for exercise, but my doctor told me that if I walk at least 30 minutes a day for the rest of my life, I’m good.
Far as my eating habits I basically eat to live now. I no longer live to eat. I have a tool that controls my portions automatically, which in turn helps me to not overeat. I still eat 3 meals a day with my biggest meal being lunch. During the week I pretty much eat routine meals. For example, for breakfast I eat a protein bar or 1/2 cup of cheese grits and then drink a cup of coffee. Then I’ll eat fruit for a snack mid-morning (grapes, an apple or watermelon). My lunch always consists of a meat; chicken, fish, shrimp or turkey. I don’t eat beef or veggies. Since I can never finish all my food I eat the rest for dinner. For an evening snack, I like to eat something sweet like candy, cookies or a popsicle. Just keeping it real.
My suggestion for people who want to release the pounds is DO NOT go on a diet! Diets don’t work unless you want to loose the weight and then gain it all back plus more. Losing weight and keeping it off is a lifestyle that consists of moderation and balance. Whether you are doing it with diet and exercise or having weight loss surgery it doesn’t matter. Consistency is the key!