1. What prompted you to begin this weight loss journey? Did you have an "Aha!" moment?
I would like to say that my "Aha!" moment was something pleasant. However, what made me jump start my new healthy lifestyle, was because I was told after a doctor’s visit that I was pre-diabetic. I had just turned 23 years old and I couldn't believe what I had done to my body. At that moment, I knew I had hit rock bottom.
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
I felt like I was dieting since the moment I popped out of the womb, so honestly I've tried a million different diets – from the banana diet to liquid diets – that all failed miserably.
3. Please describe how you reached your weight loss goal.
I remember telling myself, “I am going to do this today.” I tend to always say, "Oh, I'll start my diet Monday, so I have the weekend to pig out." My attitude changed completely from the past, I felt like I needed to get my life in control and get my body back.
My doctor had suggested the South Beach diet, so I tried it out! Phase 1 of the South Beach diet you pretty much cut out all carbs, and it’s just lean meats and veggies for the first 2 weeks. Then you move into phase 2 where you slowly introduce whole grains and fruits back into your diet. During Phase 1, I felt great. For the first time in my life I noticed that I wasn't feeling so bloated all the time, my headaches were less severe, and I wasn't having as much back pain.
I started dropping weight drastically to the point where I was losing about 5 lbs per week. In the beginning I didn't work out much. I was a big girl, and I didn't want to move around much, and I didn’t have the motivation to go to the gym and work out! Finally, after losing a majority of the weight in about 3-4 months, I was motivated enough to go into the gym to start toning and pulling myself back together. I go to the gym and work out 3-5 days a week.
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