Today’s featured weight loss success story: Victoria lost 163 pounds going from 346 to 183 pounds in 4 years. Slow and steady wins the race, Ladies! She has shared a great deal of detail about her journey:
“I put off doing this because I did not want to see any visual reminders of the poor shape and health I was in emotionally and physically. The ‘before’ photos just bring back painful memories and raise up all the insecurities and self-hatred that I put myself through. As part of my affirmations I will acknowledge these hard times but instead focus on what I was able to accomplish with the help ofthe Goddess, my friends and family and all those who supported me in this journey. I went ahead and did some comparison snapshots so that I could put my story out there. If you truly, truly are seeking to change your life and want to live a healthier, more vibrant life and need support, mentoring, a shoulder to lean on and knowledge, I am offering to help anyone do that. I am not going to lie, it is hard and more times than I want to count, I wanted to give up, it sucks but the transformation that has occured in my body, in my emotional state, and in my outlook on life more than makes up for the pitfalls.
I counted calores and I cut out all processed foods, I went by the saying, “If God didn’t make it I don’t eat it” no bread, pasta, white rice, sugar, etc. I kept it really strict until I lost the majority of the weight, then would have tortillas with lunch, but I still just mainly stick to fruits and vegetables, fish and chicken. Yes, I do eat cake occassinally or some cookies but I always make sure to balance it out with really healthy foods. I was in the gym 5 days a week, weight training and doing cardio. For me, my journey was about 75% emotional/psychological issues that I had to be honest with myself about, the last 25% was diet and fitness. If you are an emotional eater you are not going to be successful unless you deal with your issues first.”