Weight Loss Story of the Day: Whitney lost 52 pounds. Her success is a tribute to her father who passed away very young from stomach cancer. She’s worked hard to change her lifestyle and it shows. Here is what she shared with us about her weight loss journey…
I am 52.8lbs down as of right now. I started my journey in September 2014. Growing up, I was very small and active. I gained a lot of weight during college and from then on. I was tired of depression, anger, low self-esteem and fear! I had always been told by old love interests that I was too big or got asked when was I going to lose weight.
My biological dad died very, very young of stomach cancer and my grandpa had heart disease. Some of my other family members also struggle with diabetes and other diseases/health issues. Knowing all of this, one day I decided to just get up and do something.
Well, thanks to Weight Watchers, my husband, friends, mom and my leader, I have conquered everything that I have ever dreamed of! I still have 50 pounds to go but I know that I’ll get there!
First, I stopped eating junk food and fast food completely and focused on whole grains, protein, veggies and fruit. My workout routines at first were no exercise at all. I couldn’t walk for 5 minutes without having extreme back pain and being out of breath. My starting weight was 243 pounds. My current weight is 190.2 pounds and I am 5’2″ tall. I was 18/20 and now I fit into most medium shirts and 12/13 pants It’s a beautiful journey that I’m on.
My advice to others: Do what will work long term and learn to love what your body can do, despite the number on the scale. Non scale victories are better sometimes than changing numbers on a scale. Never give up! If you can think it, you can do it. One day you will wake up and it will just feel right!
I just want to add that a big part of getting healthy was to make my dad proud. He died when I was 4 years old and I never got to meet him. I am adopted, but it was from health complications. I just wanted to make him proud too by doing this.