How I Lost 40 Pounds ... And Kept It Off!
I'm reminded by people all the time (yes, including my mother) that I don't share my personal weight loss story enough. People see me now and think I popped out of the womb like this. The fact is, nothing could be further from the truth.
I have to really work hard at maintaining my weight. I have an awful metabolism and hypothyroidism. I'm officially 49 (plus shipping and handling ... LOL), and like many of you, I have a lot of things going against me when it comes to maintaining my weight and fitness level.
I know exactly how it feels to struggle at losing weight and to be honest, I didn't think it was going to happen for me. I live to help others lose weight, and I took a vow to help as many people as I possibly can to reach their fitness and weight loss goals so that they can live happier and healthier lives.
I received an email the other day asking me some very direct questions about my story. I thought it would be great to share those questions and my answers with you today. It's my hope and prayer that it will inspire you to keep the faith and begin believing that you too can become that person you want to be.
Here's the email and my answers to the questions:
Hi, Lisa. I love hearing your story of how you lost 40 pounds, and love that you understand what it feels like to completely change your habits. Seeing you makes me feel like there may be hope for me. Would you mind answering a few questions?
— Marcia C
How long did it take you to lose 40 pounds?
It took me a little longer to lose weight because I didn't know then what I now know. I also cheated too much on the weekends, and it would set me back 2-3 days, so every week I lost 3-4 pounds versus the 7 pounds in 7 days the new current system delivers.
What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome?
I was in huge denial about how much I was eating. I ate extremely healthy, but I didn't realize that eating healthy can be high in calories and fat, so I never weighed or measured my food. I was eating a ton of nuts and seeds, and they are super high-calorie and slowed my weight loss down. While I was doing some of the right things, I needed to be spot on and 100 percent pure for my body to lose weight. This was a problem for me as I love food and live for it every day.
What do you do when you had had a rough day, and your emotions got the best of you, and you were dying for something good to eat?
My favorite question! This still happens to me more than you would think!
I've learned that I can still eat emotionally, but I have to change what's on my food or fork. And it works. I go for foods that are on my approved list (the Metabolic Boosting Food List), and since I love yummy food, I learned how to make it taste good. Now when I have a bad day, I default to grabbing a LynFit Lean Bar and making a Flat White Protein Shake. Or, I make the Protein Pancakes with Skinny Hot Chocolate.
I find that these keep me feeling satisfied and fill me up without making my cravings worse, which happens if I don't choose my foods wisely.
Also, with my metabolism, a lot of foods were stopping my weight loss, and I decided after being extremely desperate that I needed to stay 100 percent on the plan and reach my goal before I go off plan.
How did you stay on plan long enough to reach your goal?
The funny thing is, most people think it's a diet. What they don't realize is that whatever takes the weight off is also what keeps it off.
Since I decided that I was finally going to do this instead of continuing to hate how my body looked and not feeling good all the time, I put my energy into reaching my goals, and I learned not to take my eyes off that goal until I reached it. No ifs, ands, or buts.
That is the most freeing feeling, and I never thought I would see the day that food lost its control over me.
Do you ever feel deprived?
Nope! I feel liberated since I've been on this system. Nothing feels worse than when food has control over you, so I find that not having too many choices to make sets my mind at ease. I don't like to count calories so drinking the shakes have been the best thing that has ever happened to me.
Now my focus is to live life versus thinking about what I should eat. I do love to experiment with calorie-free ways to make the shake, and that's where I let my creativity sore, versus eating off plan.
What tips do you have that might help me to lose the last 10-15 pounds?
This is where it gets harder, and you'll need to be even more meticulous than when you lost the first 10 pounds as your body now needs less food than it did originally. Most people are stumped by that.
Take your supplements regularly and do not miss a dose! You need them now more than ever to convince your body to burn off stored fat. I'm sure by now you've learned they keep cravings away, and most importantly, they prevent your metabolism from slowing down. This is more important than ever before as you get leaner. Always go back to basics and practice getting brilliant at the basics. You'll always benefit!
I also had to realize that what I was putting in my coffee (cream and sugar) was negating all of my hard work. Now I add Melt Fat Milk to my coffee, and I like it even better. I lost 5 pounds doing just this one thing.
I learned I needed to eat more fish and less chicken because of the iodine seafood contains that nourishes the thyroid function. It's lower in calories so I can eat more and I love that.
I learned I need to walk at least 15,000 steps every day because I was overweight. That changed my metabolism for life. Luckily, I love walking, and I can praise and worship, study, research, text, or email while I walk, so I multi-task and haven't missed a day walking in 20 years!
I hope and pray that this short Q&A has instilled a new sense of belief in you that you CAN do this. And please, if you have any questions you'd like answered, send them to me at Support@LynFit.com. There are no questions too simple, too complicated, or too personal. I'll do my very best to provide you with the most honest answers I know how. There's always strength in numbers so let's band together as a team to help you reach your goals ... starting today!
BELIEVE. BEGIN. BECOME.
- Lisa Lynn