Would imgur like to hear another weight loss story? I lost 130lbs.
People always tell me that I don't even look like the same person, now that I've lost all of my weight. But, as you can see by my goofy smile, it's definitely the same person.
One of my most unflattering childhood pictures. I believe I was about 10 here. As far as I can remember, I was overweight from the first grade and onward, and it just kept getting worse, the older I got. I wasn't diabetic or anything. I had no serious issues with my metabolism (as far as I knew). I was even on several different sports teams. However, I lacked in both care and comprehension of how important it was to eat healthily. This, combined with the fact that my parents and grandparents essentially let me eat whatever I wanted and didn't really restrict my fast food consumption, outweighed any physical activity I may have been doing, and steered me straight down the path of obesity.
Near the end of high school and the beginning of college was around the time when my weight was the worst. I remember I was about 260lbs at my heaviest, and this was in my senior year of high school. I had tried so many diets over the years. Most of which resulted in me losing a little bit of weight, and then gaining back nearly twice as much as I had lost. Needless to say, it was frustrating and my self confidence was pretty much nonexistent.
I remember, I had lost about 50lbs on the Atkins diet, which was the most I had ever lost on a diet program at that point. I didn't feel any healthier at all, but that didn't matter to me, all that mattered was being able to fit in to a smaller size of jeans. However, within a few months, I had gained back nearly 90lbs, which resulted in me being the biggest (and most depressed) that I had ever been. I ended up being stuck at that weight for a while, because I was just so discouraged and upset with myself for getting to that point.
After allowing myself to be at that weight for far longer than I'd like to admit, I finally found my motivation to give it another try. I was tired of not being able to go on amusement park rides, and always having to buy plus sized clothing, and feeling completely unattractive (Not to say that bigger people aren't attractive, this is simply how I felt about myself.) A good friend recommended Weight Watchers to me, so I figured it'd give it a try. Now.. I don't know if it was because of my newly found motivation, or the support from my friends and family, or maybe that one time I wished upon a shooting star; but everything just seemed to click and weight loss, for once in my life, wasn't this gruesome, strenuous, awful process. I apologize for the lack of in between pictures. But the first 80 or so pounds came off within about 4-5 months, and the other 50lbs took me about 6-7 months. And not only did I look healthier, I felt healthier. I was able to walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded, it was marvelous!
I can't tell you how great it feels to be able to say that I did it, I lost 130lbs, I've kept most of it off for a few years now, and I never intend on going back. Looking back at these old pictures, it feels like a whole other lifetime, a whole other person. If someone would have told my 260 pound 20 year old self that, by the age of 26, I would weigh 140lbs, I probably would have scoffed at them and walked away to go finish the rest of my Snickers bar in peace. I'm not trying to say that Weight Watchers is a miracle worker. It's all just about figuring out what works best for you. But be smart about it. Don't try one of those fad diets that deprives your body of some essential food group. Because, most of the time, these diets end up coming back to bite you in the ass, and cause your ass and the rest of you to be even bigger in the end.
Don't give up, guys. Weight loss is tough. So very, very tough. It's going to take a lot of trial and A LOT of error. But, it's worth it. Not only will you look better, but you'll feel better as well. Don't get discouraged and give up if you gain some back or don't lose weight as fast as you thought. As Dory would say, "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming." Sorry for the long post, but I hope that my story has been able to help/inspire some of you.
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