Jill was a young, Stay-at-home Mom, when she decided to take control of her health and shed some weight.
I Lost 50 LBS by Calorie Counting
In 2012, I decided that I was ready to lose weight and really feel good in my skin. I hadn't felt good about myself since I had gained weight . Growing up and into my early 20's, I was always in really good shape. I went to the gym and ate pretty healthy when I was younger. Once I turned 22 and got into a new relationship, I really just let myself go. I ate like crap and never worked out. This was in 2004. By 2006, I had ballooned from about 150 lbs all the way to 210 lbs. So, to put that into perspective, I gained around 60 lbs over the course of 2 years.
I got married in 2006 and continued my unhealthy ways. Drinking with my friends and husband pretty often, because we were all bartenders and would go out to other bars after we had been working in a bar all night. Once we were done drinking for the night, we would go gorge on fast food right before the sun came up. Then we would do it all over again the next night. It became a vicious cycle. I ended up gaining even more weight. By the beginning of 2009 I was 230 lbs!
Then in February 2009, I found out I was pregnant with my son. At that point it was obviously time to change my crazy ways. No more partying. It was time to go into Mom mode. For 9 months I ate healthy and ended up losing weight during my pregnancy. In October 2009, my beautiful baby was born and I had lost 15 lbs during the process. I wasn't trying to lose weight, it just happened because I wasn't consuming so many excess calories.The same thing happened in 2010. I got pregnant with my daughter and ended up losing a little more weight during that pregnancy. I had her in February 2011 and weighed about 210 lbs after her birth. I teetered around that weight until June 2012. That is when I decided enough is enough. I needed to get healthy for myself and my babies.
Before Calorie Counting
The End of Being Overweight
Once I got back from vacation in June of 2012, I started scouring the internet trying to figure out what I was going to do. I was a stay-at-home Mom of two toddlers. At the time we only had one vehicle and not a lot of money so I knew that going to the gym was not an option for me. After researching a lot, I came across a calorie counting app. I downloaded the app and began to check it out. To my surprise, it was really simple to navigate and pretty straight forward.
All I needed to do was enter my starting weight, which was 209 lbs. Then I entered my goal weight, which was 160 lbs. It asked how much weight I wanted to lose per week and what my activity level was and that was it. The app calculated that in order to reach my weight loss goal in the amount of time that I chose, I was to eat 1,200 calories per day. It sounded do-able so I was all in. I couldn't wait to get started!
Figuring Out A Healthy Meal Plan
Once I started using the app, I realized very quickly that in order to maintain a 1,200 calorie per day lifestyle that I would need to figure out how to get more food in my body for less calories. When I first started counting calories I felt hungry ALL of the time. That is why I knew that I needed to find ways to be able to eat more for less! I found a lot of different recipes that allowed me to be able to accurately enter my calories into the app. I found a website that had a ton of recipes and it included the calories and portion sizes. If I wasn't using those recipes, I would individually scan items in. For example, if I wanted to eat a turkey wrap for lunch it would look like this..
Making a Lifestyle Change
I knew that I was not going to live off of 1,200 calories for the rest of my life! No one can live like that forever. What I realized during this 8 month period is that it taught me how to eat in moderation. It taught me portion control. I knew that once I hit my goal of 160 lbs that I was going to be able to maintain that weight. I knew that I might be able to even lose a little more with added exercise. It gave me the motivation that I needed to continue the healthy lifestyle that I had started. So, if you are looking for a kickstart on your weight loss journey then I highly recommend that you check out a calorie counting app. It really helped me and I am pretty sure that it could help some of you as well!
8 Months Later
Anyone Can Do This
I stuck to this for 8 months and it literally changed my life. Did I stick to the 1,200 calories everyday for 8 months straight? Absolutely not! I did, however, stay very consistent. More importantly, I learned how to fuel my body with the right foods that it needed. I learned that I could waste all of my calories in one meal or spread them out in a healthy way that didn't leave me feeling hungry or wanting more at the end of the day. As stated before, this is not a way to live forever. No one wants to count every calorie for the rest of their lives, but it really helped me learn a lot. I hope it helps you too!
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