Weight Loss Success Story: Megan C.
Tell Us A Little Bit About Your Weight Struggle
I have been overweight my entire life, ever since childhood. Growing up, I was never taught what foods were healthy or how much I was eating. Food was the center of every celebration, holiday, or bad day.
This resulted in an emotional eating problem for me, which really exploded post college and after I had kids with the stress of being a young mother trying to start a career.
Food choices became what was easiest, which was often fast food, after a long day of work and taking care of an infant. I was unknowingly eating thousands of calories a day.
What Was Your Wake-Up Call Or "A-Ha Moment" That Caused You To Really Commit Yourself To Succeeding?
In 2018, I developed a huge non-cancerous tumor in my uterus that caused all sorts of health problems before it was discovered. It took months for doctors to find the cause of my health problems because no one could see the cantaloupe-sized tumor that had started to make my stomach protrude because everyone, including myself, just thought it was more weight gain.
After 3 surgeries to have it removed, I promised myself I would never let something grow that large in my body again without knowing it and I started prioritizing my health and fitness.
How Have Your Eating Habits Changed Since Beginning Your Journey? What Did You Eat Before And What Are You Eating Now?
I started as a New Year's resolution on January 5, 2019 and haven't looked back since! When I started, I began tracking every thing I ate and realized for the first time how many calories I was putting into my body.
Once I realized that, I immediately started implementing changes. I started eating low carb and eventually turned to keto, which I followed religiously for 15 months, eventually incorporating fasting.
Now, having lost 200 lbs. during that time, I have successfully transitioned back to maintaining my weight with a more balanced diet (I eat carbs!) with 3 meals a day and a fitness plan.
What Is The Difference In Your Fitness Before You Started And Now?
When I first started, I knew that if I wanted this to be a sustainable lifestyle, I had to make small, incremental changes. For me, this meant focusing on my nutrition 100% and not worrying about working out.
When I lost the first 100 lbs., I started moving my body more through increased daily activity. Then when I hit 150 lbs. down, I joined a gym and started a couch to 5k program.
Now, having lost 200 lbs., I follow a workout plan that is 6 days a week and includes 3 days of strength training and 3 days of long distance running 5-10 miles.
What Has Been The Biggest Change/Payoff For You So Far?
Losing 200 lbs. is truly life changing. I have so much more energy for my children and I've set a positive example for them where they have learned the importance of healthy eating and exercise.
I run for fun now where it was once my goal to be able to walk up a flight of stairs without being out of breath. I'm finally able to live the life I always dreamed of.
How Much Weight Have You Lost? How Long Did It Take You To Lose It?
I've lost 200 pounds in 15 months.
Any Advice and/or Words of Wisdom for Others Who Are Struggling?
Don't give up! I tried so many diets and weight loss plans over the years that have failed and I'm so glad I never gave up. You are never too far gone that you can't turn your life around. I started at 350 lbs. as a busy working mom, so I'm living proof that It is possible!
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