Weight Loss Success Stories - Julia Lost 40 Pounds
First Name: Julia
Family status: Single
Hometown: Boston, MA
Pounds or inches lost: I lost 40 pounds!
Julia's Weight Loss!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
I have struggled with my weight since I was a child. I think
the difference this time, the difference that made this weight
loss successful, was that I was unhappy with my fitness level
and that is where my focus began.
What made you decide to lose weight?
I started taking a group training class at my gym that is based
on intervals of treadmill work and weights. When I started, I
could barely walk on the treadmill, much less keep up with the
other people in the class who were running hills and sprinting.
My focus started on improving my fitness level so I could keep
up in the class. The weight loss then became a goal in support
of the fitness goal.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
The biggest changes were around portion control and slowing down
how fast I eat. Also not worrying, or giving up when I had a "bad"
eating day. That was a big change for me psychologically.
What was most challenging about losing weight?
The most challenging thing is, and continues to be, that the
changes are permanent. It's not like I am done now and can just
go back to eating like I used to and not exercising. This is a
permanent change. Which most of the time I am fine with, but there
are still those days I would love to go back to bad habits. Interestingly
enough, once I became committed to the exercise, maintaining that
commitment and drive has been the easier part because I just feel
so much better.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
Two or three months.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
About six months.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do
It will be a year this this June. For me it is all about making
the mental shift to thinking about these changes as a permanent
thing. This was not a diet, this was a lifestyle change. That
and continuing to set new exercise and fitness goals for myself.
How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
I feel better about myself in general and much more confident
at work. And, where I used to have trouble walking on the treadmill,
now I can sprint with the best of them and am training to run
my first 5k!
Julia's Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
Weight loss tip #2:
Occasional treats are ok!
Weight loss tip #3:
Exercise and more exercise.
Weight loss tip #4:
Don't give up after a bad day.
Weight loss tip #5:
Eat slowly and mindfully.
Julia's Weight Loss Eating Plan!
Greek yogurt with walnuts and raisins.
Salad with chicken and lots of vegetables.
Lean meat with vegetables or complete vegetarian meal.
Snacks or Mini Meals:
Kashi bars; apples and cheese; plain yogurt and fruit. This is
usually the lightest meal of the day.
Julia's Weight Loss Workouts!
45 minutes of intervals of weight training alternating with running
on the treadmill. Also individual weight classes.
Running on the treadmill outside for 30 or 40 minutes.
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