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Yes, I have lost over eighty pounds!
Many readers have asked about my weight loss, so I’ve taken their top questions and answered them here. I know an eighty-pound weight loss story may sound hard to believe. So, to prove I am in fact a real human I’ve decided to share a few photos with you:) Typically I shy away from embarrassing pictures of myself for potentially millions of people to view, but in this case, I’m making an exception.
Please keep in mind that before this event I had shed around twenty pounds! Yes. This “Before” picture is an after. I can’t find a photo of me before this because I dodged cameras better than bullets! I had lost about 15-20 pounds before this event. That weight loss gave me the confidence I needed to attend my friend’s wedding in this very ill-fitting short dress.
Y’all…I thought I looked so good that night.
Is it just me or does my husband look better with age? How is that fair? Anyway…This is my real “After” photo! Total weight loss of around 80 pounds!!!
Why do I say around 80 pounds? Because I do not weigh! I hate scales! They hate me. It’s a thing.
Typically, I get these questions from readers and friends about my weight loss. I never get tired of answering them!
Did I Have Weight Loss Surgery?
No. No stomach stapling, no bypass! No weight loss surgery!
I have had plastic surgery to remove loose skin. (After my first go around with keto & my dramatic weight loss after pregnancy left me with gross loose belly skin.)
I’m not ashamed of that & you shouldn’t be either. It happens.
What Type of Diet Worked?
I always hesitate when I’m asked this question because I believe there is no such thing as the perfect diet. We all have different body types and individual health needs.
When I decided I was going to lose the weight I tried a few different plans. At first I did Weight Watchers, and it helped, but I started seeing significant changes when I switched to the ketogenic diet.
How Long Did It Take to Lose the Weight?
It took about a year to lose all of the weight. I found that once I gained momentum, it became easier to make healthier choices. If you do the keto diet once your body enters ketosis, it’s pretty much unstoppable. You’re a fat burning machine whether you like it or not!
How Much Did You Exercise?
At first, I did very little exercise because I was physically unable and I’ll admit that I was embarrassed to be seen at the gym.
Yes. I’m vain. It’s not one of my best qualities, but hey, I own it. I gradually built my stamina by walking a little each day.
Then I joined the gym and became slightly addicted to exercise.
I’m kind of on and off when it comes to workin’ on my fitness! As long as my Bat Wings don’t come back-I’m all good!
Did You Have Cheat Days?
No, but I had cheat moments! I’m a human!
If somebody says they never messed up on their diet they are lying!!!
The most important thing for me was not to let one moment of weakness allow me to talk myself out the whole thing.
Like, oh well, I blew it by eating this slice of pizza, let me eat a gallon of ice cream and punish myself for what I’ve done!
Best Advice for Someone Starting from Square One?
Start right now. Don’t wait until tomorrow or the time is right or when you feel like it.
Spoiler Alert: YOU’RE NEVER GOING TO FEEL LIKE IT!!!!!!!!!!
Just do it now!!!
Do something today that your future self will thank you for!
Is Word to Your Mother a Weight Loss Blog?
Yes. And no. I don’t write every day about my weight loss. Nobody wants to hear my story over & over.
What I’d like to do is feature other women who have found success dieting and reaching their health goals and share their stories. I think that would be more motivating than going on about what happened to me on the way to Wal-Mart.
I know it’s harder for moms to lose weight because the burden of dinner-heck every meal- falls on them whether they’re a work at home or a stay at home mom. I try to help them out by providing healthy weight loss recipes that their family will enjoy. Or at least eat in peace. Nothing is worse than cooking a meal & having a kid choose to eat cereal instead!
If you would like to be featured here please contact me at heather@WordtoYourMotherBlog.com