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“I’m mostly still in shock because it’s a little hard to believe I’ve achieved something I spent my whole life believing was impossible.”
Don’t you one day want to be able to say these words as well? Nothing worthwhile will be easy, and Lisa absolutely knows all about that! Read on to know more about her weight loss journey, including her struggles and success.
Current Weight: 77.4 kgs
Starting Weight: 102.4
Height: 160cm (5’3”)
What should we call you? When did you start your weight loss journey?
My name is Lisa, and I started my weight loss on the 9th of March 2016.
Have you reached your weight goal yet?
I have not reached my goal yet – I’m aiming very broadly at 65kgs but will happily accept anything under 70kgs.
Why is that your weight goal? Was it by recommendation or a decision?
I am not going by BMI because my BMI says I should be in the 52kg range, and I believe that’s too little on my frame. 65kg was a pretty random target, but my doctor agrees it is a good weight for me.
Could you give us an insight on how the starting weight came about?
I’ve always been overweight, pretty much my whole life. I was told I was prediabetic when I was 19, and I did nothing about it. I’d lost weight before but never more than 8 to 14kgs, and I was never able to keep it off. So, eventually, I got to a point where I just accepted “this is how I look”, and moved on. I didn’t think about it anymore but I started getting health complications, and I was struggling for about 2 years with really bad anxiety attacks.
What initiated the thoughts to lose weight? Any specific event in particular which made you feel determined?
I was 29, and I was in a really bad place in terms of my health (physical and mental). I had just gone off my birth control and I started having health issues because of this. I went to the doctor, and was diagnosed with diabetes, hypothyroidism, PCOS and anaemia all on the same day. I wasn’t at my heaviest weight at that point but it was still out of control. I went home, and cried for 2 days. I gave myself a week of self pity but then I had no choice but to fix what I had broken through years of bad life choices.
What exercise/diet regimen did you follow to achieve your current weight? Did you follow the norm or customised your own method? Were there any obstacles that made it difficult to maintain?
I starting cutting carbs out of my diet because I realised my poor diabetic body is extremely carb sensitive and it spikes my blood sugar. I then discovered Keto, and started doing that. Keto is when you limit your carbs to under 25g a day and change your main fuel source to fat instead of sugar. In the beginning, I used My Fitness Pal to track my calories and macros (I try to stay under 1300 calories). In the beginning, the hardest part was giving up bread, pasta and sweets but the cravings go away pretty quickly if you stick to keto foods and don’t cheat. I don’t cheat, and that helps me keep on track. I would not be able to go back to eating carbs and be able to get back here easily. I went off carbs, completely cold turkey, and it was the best decision I’ve ever made.
I also increased my cardio but not to huge amounts of exercise, so my weight loss has been 95% diet.
How did you manage balancing the time between your regimen and occupation?
I run my own business, an instructional design firm, and I work from home so the transition was very easy. I also took about 10 months off to focus on my health. I was lucky enough that I had that option – not everyone has that ability. I work flexi-hours.
Ever had an ultimatum when you thought of giving up? How did you manage to jump back to your plan?
No, this is just my way of eating now. Some points of the journey are demotivating, but I’ve never stopped or thought of quitting.
What was the key factor that lead you to the success of losing weight?
I had to change the way I thought about the whole situation. It was a mindset change. There was no other option for me but to change, so it was like someone flipped a switch. Keto changed my unhealthy relationship with food and it also changed how I thought about things, it’s been amazing.
How do you feel knowing all that you’ve achieved?
I’m mostly still in shock because it’s a little hard to believe I’ve achieved something I spent my whole life believing was impossible. I still have a lot to lose, so what’s next is that I will continue my weight loss journey. I am also focusing more on my company this year, and spending 2017 doing all the things I’ve delayed my whole life. It’s my #goals year. I will also be focusing on starting up my food blog to try and inspire other people doing keto. I will be using my Instagram as my platform to launch it and potentially start a small catering company specialising in sugar free desserts. (My Instagram: @alittlebitofketo)
Any friendly advice for people who are starting out with their weight loss journey? A few words for them to keep in mind when they’re about to give up and let go of the hard work that they’ve invested in?
You have to change your mindset, it’s the only thing that works. Focus on yourself and do what you need to do for yourself – other people’s opinions need to be blocked out because everyone has one, and not everyone will agree with you, even if it feels like it makes no sense. Find people that support and inspire you and lean on them, having a solid support structure is vitally important.
Finally, a personal motivational quote which helps you whenever you’re not at your best mindset?
“You have survived 100% of your worst days”
“She believed she could, so she did.” ― R.S. Grey
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