Do you believe this is a lifestyle change, and you will be able to continue with a healthy, active lifestyle for the rest of your life?
Yes, I feel like if you don’t believe that, then you have the wrong mind set. If you think you’re only going to eat healthy and exercise temporarily until you get to your ultimate goat weight, then get ready to gain all the weight back once you stop eating healthy and exercising. It’s a lifestyle change. It’s not a diet and it’s not temporary.
Can you see any noticeable changes in your body?
Yes, I can, I’m ultimately so much smaller than I used to be. You can see it all around. Earlier I realized that my face has shrunk a lot too. I was watching a video from last Christmas and I had such a fat face and a double chin. Sometimes you don’t really notice those things until you look at old photos/videos.
What’s something you’ve done to make yourself proud?
In general, losing 46 pounds is what I’m most proud of.
What’s the least calories you’ve consumed in one day? Why?
Probably around 700 calories, I’m not sure, and it would have been because I wasn’t feeling hungry enough/was feeling depressed.
What’s the most calories you’ve consumed in one day? Why?
I wouldn’t know, because when I binge, I don’t keep track of how many calories I’m consuming. But I’m guessing around 4,000-5,000 calories. And why? Probably because I was feeling depressed and I wanted to use eating as my outlet.
What’s the stupidest thing you’ve done in an attempt to lose weight?
Diet pills, vomiting, starving, and fasting. I’ve tried all different ways until I finally realized the only way is this way.
Did you start losing weight before making your blog?
No, I started the day after. I was roaming around Tumblr on the night of June 10th and I was thinking I should make a weight loss blog. I was all out of hope to lose weight, because I kept failing, and I felt like making a weight loss blog was my last resort and that if it didn’t help, then nothing probably would. And I have been doing this ever since :)
Have you ever come close to giving up? What made you change your mind?
Yes, I have a couple of times. I remember the first time I wanted to give up was when I bought the scale I have now and it said I weighed 160lbs when I thought I had weighed 155lbs. And I started crying, I went for a run to take my mind off of it, and I cried even more. Because I thought I had hit a plateau. Also, now I feel like I’m getting close to hitting a plateau again, and when you don’t lose weight consistently, it makes you want to give up. But I always keep trying. What makes me change my mind is knowing that I can’t go back after all this hard work. Just give up, go back to my old habits, and then gain all the weight back? There’s no way I’m wasting six months of my life just to give up on something I obviously really want.
Do you have a favourite motivational quote?
I like to think of these ones whenever I’m running.
“Unless you puke, faint, or die, keep going.”
“It doesn’t matter how slow you go, so as long as you do not stop.”
“You can do more, you can always do more.”
Who is your main inspiration to lose weight? Not a celebrity, someone from real life.
I am my main inspiration to lose weight because I couldn’t have done it without me. When I see my own progress photos, it inspires me to do more. When I beat my time with running, it inspires me to run even longer. When I try on clothes that finally fit me that were too tight before, it inspires me to do more. I never thought I would be able to accomplish losing so much weight, especially from reading old journals, I truly thought it would never happen. But it did.
Do you drink green tea?
Sometimes. I hate these questions that don’t give you too much thought. It’s like, how is it a challenge if it’s something as easy is this?
Weekly challenge: Aim to have a completely “clean food” week, avoid all processed food!
I have already been doing this! And with desserts and junk food, do you know how hard it has been to stay away the past two days? There’s been chocolate chip cookies, doughnuts, and a gigantic red velvet cake sitting on the kitchen counter. I’m trying my best to have strong will-power and it’s working.
Apart from weight loss, have you noticed any other benefits from your healthy diet?
I’ve noticed that my arms, legs, and butt are getting toned. My calves are getting so strong and I’m slowly but surely gaining thigh muscles. And I’m also a lot more positive than I used to be. It’s been hard the past week to stay positive, but in general, I feel much better about myself. And I can assure you I have better health.
If you feel happy with the way your body looks before you reach your ultimate goal weight, will you continue to try and lose weight, or will you aim to maintain?
It depends on how satisfied I am, because right now I’m happy with my body but I still want to lose more. But I’ve been telling myself that if I’m completely satisfied with the way I look at 125-130 then I will stay there instead of trying to get to 120. It’s not so much about numbers, so 120 just might not be my ultimate goal weight, because I don’t know how I’ll look or feel even 5 pounds less than I am now. I can’t guess what my body will look like at 120-130 so yeah, I guess the answer to this question is if I am truly satisfied with my body before I get to 120 then I will aim to maintain!
Do you drink tea or coffee?
Both, but mostly coffee as of lately.
Have you gained weight at any point of your journey? How did this effect you?
I haven’t gained any pure body fat but I have gained weight which is typical because our weight fluctuates all of the time. I’ve gained because I hadn’t had enough water, I’ve gained I had just eaten, I’ve gained because I had just exercised, etc. It doesn’t affect me if I know that it’s not pure body fat.