Weight Loss Success Story: Aviral S.
I'm honored to share Aviral's weight loss success story with you here on Simple Nourished Living. He lost 90 pounds in eight months with a realistic approach that included eating better and moving more. His word of wisdom are so true: "Always remember, What comes easy won't last. What lasts won't come easy." Read on to discover how he did it and all the lasting wisdom he learned along the way...
Tell Us A Little Bit About Your Weight Struggle
On Feb 3, 2017, I checked my weight and it was 105 kg (about 231 lbs). Suddenly, I realized that I am had to lose weight.
My exercise started with just standing up and sitting back down at first. I remember my legs were sore from standing. I couldn't wait to sit back down. I also felt like I accomplished something every time I completed a few minutes of standing.
I then began taking more steps each day. After about a month, I started my journey to walk 2 km (about 1.25 miles). It took me 15 days to be able to complete a 2 km walk. After that I started walking 3 km (about 1.9 miles) daily for 2-3 months. Walking became easier and I soon was able to walk 7 km (about 4.3 miles) daily.
I also began a proper diet with foods high in protein and fiber and I stopped eating junk food. It was important to keep myself busy on other work to avoid those foods that were bad for me.
What Was Your Wake-Up Call Or "A-Ha Moment" That Caused You To Really Commit Yourself To Succeeding?
When you're new to trying to lose weight (and maybe even if you aren't), you may think that a successful weight-loss journey is one that's struggle-free.
Success starts the day you snap out of your old habits and start eating and exercising the right way for you, and ends the day you are at the weight of your dreams.
We can't be perfect all the time and getting thrown off track occasionally does not mean you've messed up for good. Don't set yourself up for failure by believing that. In any process that requires changing lifestyle habits, there are going to be ups and downs. Understand that, and you're on your way to lifelong success. (You may also like: Stop Expecting Perfection with Weight Loss)
How Have Your Eating Habits Changed Since Beginning Your Journey? What Did You Eat Before And What Are You Eating Now?
I avoided junk food and started eating food with that was high in protein (chicken, eggs, etc.) and fiber (fruits, vegetables, grains, etc.).
What Is The Difference In Your Fitness Before You Started And Now?
The reality is that there is no finish line in weight loss, because in maintenance, the journey continues forever. But I am so looking forward to finding out what the future holds for me. (You might also like: Why I Want to Maintain my Weight Loss)
I am in better health and have more energy than I ever had in my entire life. I found the person I was meant to be and continue to build the life that I deserve to live.
It has been a slow and steady process for me. Some days it has been a struggle. At the end of the day, I may have been through a lot, but I have accomplished a lot, too.
What Has Been The Biggest Change/Payoff For You So Far?
Understanding that it's totally okay to reach a plateau in your weight loss. The reasons could be your body's natural reaction, or it could mean you've loosened up on the good habits you've developed. Either way, make a new breakthrough by keeping at it and continuing your exercise and healthy eating habits. Just be patient and you will make your goal!
Instead of praise, you might get the opposite reaction: criticism. People started telling me I lost too much weight, and I looked sickly. I was a little offended, but decided to not take it personally. Just focus on your own goal.
My Favorite Recipe Is…
I love to drink green tea and I love oatmeal with almonds and raisins. Brown bread with peanut butter is a favorite snack.
How Much Weight Have You Lost? How Long Did It Take You To Lose It?
I have lost over 35 kgs (about 90lbs) in 8 months.
Any Advice and/or Words of Wisdom for Others Who Are Struggling?
Always remember, "What comes easy won't last. What lasts won't come easy."
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