I seem to be asked a lot of the same questions again and again, so I thought I'd take a cue from other bloggers and list them here. Hopefully your questions are answered but if not, please send me an e-mail! Some of these are addressed on the pages about me, however I'll put the short version here.
How did you let yourself get so fat in the first place?
I will never deny that it was my fault that I gained weight. I take full responsibility for eating poorly, drinking too much, and not exercising enough (sometimes not at all). I also used food as a comfort. When I was really sad or angry I'd binge eat, which would then make me feel even worse about myself. I was just unhealthy. I didn't pay any attention to it. I was always a little chubby but never fat as I made myself out to be. I struggled a lot with self-esteem. I took different diet pills when I was young, tried crash diets, and did nothing for good for my body. Instead I just messed it up even more.
What made you decide to lose weight?
To this day I honestly do not know. I remember looking at a picture and really saw myself for the first time. I knew I was fat; I'm not blind. I just didn't acknowledge how fat or how bad it was for me until I saw that picture. I entered the last year of my 20s and felt that I was way too young to look that way.
I like to describe it as flipping a switch. I just changed; not much thought went into it. My birthday weekend was my "last hurrah." The Monday after my birthday I stopped eating the unhealthy foods, switched to healthy, and started exercising. I began consistently using a treadmill that I'd had for a couple years but was like new.
How did you lose the weight?
I'm very open about this. I changed my lifestyle. I am healthy now and I wasn't before. I started eating healthy and exercising. That's it. (ha! and that being "it" involves much more than it sounds like it does). I didn't have surgery. I didn't take Amazing Diet Pill X. I didn't join a program. I didn't develop anorexia. I put in the work. I was (and still am) dedicated, motivated, and hard-working. I have literally worked my ass off (not all of it because that's impossible, but a large portion). This hasn't been an easy road. I've had my ups and downs. I've had times I didn't think I'd ever get to where I want to be. There's been a lot of sweat, some tears, and even a little blood.
How did you overcome food cravings?
That has been one of the hardest parts. I purged my house of all bad things and stopped buying them. To this day I cannot have unhealthy stuff around or I'll eat it. Somehow the taste of something so bad can very easily trick me into forgetting about living a healthy life. I buy things like sugar free and fat free Jello-O and pudding, Fiber One bars, baked cracker "chips," and sometimes those 100 Calorie Pack snacks. As far as the cravings, I still have them. Sometimes I indulge. Other times I distract myself by working out, or starting a project, anything not involving food.
Do you have a lot of excess skin?
Oh yes. Lots, I think. Don't let that stop you from losing weight. Would you rather have it be all fat-filled and smooth (skin condition is much prettier, I'll admit) and be unhealthy, or have it be saggy and wrinkly but know that you're healthy? I'll take the latter. Also? There are surgeries to help with the excess skin. I'd rather wear a scar or two than put my health at-risk by being overweight.