(Fat Girl Wearing Thin)
Where she lives: Indiana
Pounds Lost: 105
How long it took to lose the weight: Over 5 years
How long she has kept it off: Almost 7 years
It took Ellen over five years to reach her goal weight. Slow, but definitely sure! She says, “It gave me time to work on making my new way of living feel more like second nature and I believe it played a major role in why I haven’t gained the weight back.” And did you notice how long she has kept that weight off? Nearly seven years! Gooooooo Ellen! A much deserved Weight Loss WooHoo! – just FatFighterTV’s fun way of celebrating healthy weight.
I was a healthy weight in high school however, I had a difficult time adjusting to the demands of college and became depressed; it was there where I found that I could numb my feelings with food. By the time I was 27 years old, I weighed 235 pounds.
My moment came shortly after my diabetic father died of heart disease. I remember looking for something to wear to the funeral and feeling embarrassed that people who hadn’t seen me in a long time would whisper to each other about how much weight I’d gained. I could imagine them saying, ‘She used to be so thin…. I hope she doesn’t get diabetes like her father – I hear it runs in the family.’ It was shortly thereafter that I awoke one morning and stepped on the bathroom scale. I thought to myself, ‘I can’t do this anymore.’
How Ellen shed the pounds:
I tried various diets for the first couple of years but could never stay on any one long-term due to the unrealistic restrictions that came with each program. Then one day I gave up diets completely and focused solely on one thing: moving my body. I bought a pedometer, attached it to my waist, and kept track of how many steps I was already averaging; then I aimed for 500 additional steps every few days until I reached the recommended 10,000 steps a day.
Wearing the pedometer gave me instant gratification because I could see my progress at any given time. It wasn’t long before I was exceeding 10,000 steps a day. I found every excuse I could to move: when talking on the phone, I walked around the house; when I brushed my teeth; while waiting for my dog to come back inside; even while waiting for my bathtub to fill with water, I stepped in place. As long as I was standing anyway, I figured I could just as easily keep moving, so that’s what I did. Before long, I was averaging 16,000-20,000 steps a day and it started showing. Once I began concentrating on what I was eating, how I was feeling emotionally, and how much I moved my body, that’s when I knew I was finally on the right path and the weight started coming off – this time for good.
Tips from Ellen:
First and foremost, your emotional health should never take second place over your physical health. They are equally as important. For me, I had to get to the heart of why I was overeating. Losing the weight was the easy part; keeping it off required a complete understanding of my relationship with food and why I overate in the first place. Without that understanding, I would have likely regained the weight I’d lost.
For example, I happen to be an emotional eater. Hypothetically speaking, I could be a poster child for weight loss, but if my ‘trigger’ (which happens to be excessive stress) rears its ugly head, all I want to do is overindulge – to numb that pain away for a while. In other words, until we deal with the emotional reasons of why we’re abusing food, we’ll never really find peace within ourselves and live the life we were meant to live.
Ellen’s Weight Loss WooHoo!
The one thing that makes me most excited about my weight loss is waking up in the morning with options. I no longer have to live by the rules I’d set for myself when I was heavy. If I want to wear a sleeveless top, I do. If I want to go hiking, I don’t have to worry about becoming overly tired. If I want to go to the beach, I don’t spend half the morning wondering what I can use to adequately cover myself with. I think it’s a combination of both the weight loss and my age, but I’m comfortable with my body again and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.
Such a great point she makes about how getting to the heart of why she was overeating is critical to her ability to keep off the weight. Seven years and counting, Ellen! (More from Ellen on her blog – Fat Girl Wearing Thin).
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