myfitnesspal app

How did I lose the weight?

I really hate to be redundant, because I’m sure you’ve been told this plenty of times already, (and so have I), but it is the actual answer: eat healthier foods and smaller portions, and exercise HARD at least 3-4 times a week. 

I think it is especially important to add heavy lifting training into your fitness regime because it will shape your body better than an all cardio schedule. Also, muscle burns more calories even while resting so the more muscle you have, the faster you will see change! I heavy lift at least 3 times a week now, and that jump started my weight loss. Cardio is still done, but I do less endurance cardio (just running for a long time at a normal pace), and more high intensity cardio. For example, I will do short sprints at my fastest pace for 1/8 of a mile, then walk the rest of the lap. Then I will repeat this until I’ve finished one mile, usually. It is healthier for your heart to learn how to beat faster and then cool down faster, too. This will actually reduce your resting BPM, which is very healthy for your heart! 

I also take pro-biotics daily now, and it has helped my stomach immensely and therefore helped my metabolism. That coupled with a daily multi-vitamin and LOTS of water has helped my body and mind feel better in general. I drink a lot of coffee, too, so I have to remember to drink DOUBLE the water for each coffee. So many bathroom breaks. So worth it. 

I started using the app/website MyFitnessPal to track my intake and my output! I have a 67 day streak going on right now for logging my meals and my exercise. I find that app extremely helpful because it is encouraging and it tells you if you are eating enough/too little, not just if you are eating too much. It really is a good app for your health, and I think it has a good social community too that keeps me motivated! Before using MFP, I never thought too much about what I was putting into my body and my workouts were not as regimented. This made it harder for me to lose weight in a pleasing pattern. Now the scale goes down about 1 pound each week. That is a super healthy pattern of weight loss because it is not too fast. 

However, I do not want to just lose weight! When I reach my desired weight, a healthy BMI, I wish to gain a little back in muscle. More muscle = MORE FOOD. And I sure do love food. 

I hope this helps! Any other questions more specifically aimed at my diet and exercise, please feel free to ask me! 

My Fitness Shit

Alright so a LOT of people have asked me what I do to at the gym what my diet is what should you should do as a beginner etc etc. 

My Program
For my program I am currently working out 4 to 5 times a week. Each day that I go I focus on a different muscle group: Push (Chest/Triceps), Pull (Back/Biceps), and Leg day. I also focus on a power lift, which can be: Bench Press, Deadlift, Overhead Press, or Squats. Along with a power lift I do accessory movements to complement it. Sometimes i’ll add in a few ab workouts but I don’t focus on that and i’ll say why in a sec.

Examples of my workout plans:
Push Day: Bench Press, Overhead Press, DB (Dumbell) Incline Press, DB Shoulder Press, Pec (Pectoral) Deck, Dip Machine, Side Lateral Raises, Overhead Tricep Extension, Rope Tricep Extensions, Cable Crossover, etc.

Pull Day: Deadlifts, DB Row, TBar Row, Seated Cable Rows, DB Curl, Rope Hammer Curl, Face Pulls, Lateral Pull Down, Reverse Pec Deck, etc.

Leg Day: Squats, Sumo Deadlift, Calf Raises, Leg Curls, Leg Extensions, Seated Leg Press, Hip Abduction, Hip Adduction. 

The usual amount of sets and reps is 3 sets of 15 reps for each of these workouts, HOWEVER, sometimes I will lower the amount of reps and increase the number of sets I’m doing if its a heavy day, meaning I will be lifting heavier weights because yay I am want to be stronger. 
Most likely this all sounds very scary and complicated but don’t worry! If you don’t know what these are just google them and if it looks fun to you then do it :)

My Diet
So my goal is to become lean, which is basically try to remove my fat as much as possible without losing too much muscle. To do this I need to keep track of what I eat. On the nutrition label of every food there is 3 macronutrients: Fats, Carbs, and Protein. This is important because I need to keep track of this if I want to lose fat. Right now I am eating about 600 calories below my BMI (Basal Metabolic Index) which is basically the amount of calories you need to go about your day. Google your BMI to find out how much you need :) I am eating 1600 calories a day AND I am trying to eat my weight in protein. Now I NEED TO DO THIS TO MAINTAIN MY MUSCLE MASS. Right now I weight around 130 lbs so I try to eat at LEAST 130 grams of protein. I am also limiting my fat intake to around 50g. I HIGHLY recommend you download the MyFitnessPal App!!! It makes it 10x easier to track what you eat!
So in short I am eating 1600 calories, ~130g of protein, ~200g of carbs, and <50g of fat
Now these numbers are dependent on your OWN weight, so if you want to find a good plan you gotta do some math okay? But yeah this is all I can think about at the moment. Good luck to everyone with their gains!

How I lost 20+ lbs in 8 weeks

I’m officially down 23 lbs in 9 weeks. I never ever thought I could commit to weight loss. I feel so much better about myself. I’ve barely lost an inch off my tummy but that sort of comes along with PCOS. I’m sure with time I’ll start losing belly fat.
I’m just so excited to actually be trying. To be pushing myself myself to get healthy. I’m proud of my fat little self.

Here are my personal suggestions for weight loss:

1. Plan your meals the day before. Like picking out clothes the night before. Plan your meals. Snacks can be more spontaneous

2. Powdered peanut butter!!!! I love peanut butter so much. My heart was aching in its absence. It’s high in fat and carbs. But powdered peanut butter is like 85% less fat and half the carbs. Plus pb2 has chocolate peanut butter, definitely good for my sweet cravings

3. Cauliflower! it smells like poop when it’s cooking but it can replace so many things. I make cauliflower tots like every other day. I think they’re almost better than tator tots! Also cauliflower rice. Fry up some cauliflower with chicken in olive oil. Add a hint of soy sauce and you have it made

4. Gym membership (not for everyone)
I find when I’m at home, I just want to lay around and enjoy the comforts of home. I can’t get motivated to do any kind of exercise. Plus it’s way too hot to workout outside. If you’re like me, a gym membership is well worth the investment.

5. Treat yourself. I have one big delicious cheat meal a week along with a cheat dessert. (My cheat meal is never on my rest day)
But through out the week I do occasionally have some small cheats. Like if I’m out with my mom we may get subway or sometimes I get a serving size bag of special k chips. But I adjust the rest of my day accordingly when I sneak in little cheats.

6. If your body isn’t feeling it, don’t push yourself sick. Some days I just feel like crap. Due to depression, PCOS, bladder problems, or whatever. I get to the gym and I’m just not into it. I typically do 30-40 minutes of cardio, on my rough days I do 15 minutes. On the machines I do half of what I normally would. My mind and body are super connected. If I feel bad physically I’m going to go into a slum and cry myself to sleep. And vice versa. Remember that no workout is a bad workout. You got up, you got dressed, you tried. That’s what matters

7. Myfitnesspal ❤️❤️❤️ without this app I wouldn’t have got this far. It’s a pain to log everything (that’s why doing it the night before helps) but it’s totally worth it.

I hope this helps someone out there looking to get started

anonymous asked:

I'm 280 male 5'6" and I wanna lose 2 pounds a week over the summer. I already do an hour of Pilates 5 days a week and go to the gym. I have a high protein diet. Got any tips for me?

it seems like your pretty active so thats great! hmm but having a high protein diet is not enough, you will need to keep track of your caloric intake. id say a good number would be around ~23-2500 calories daily, and you would gradually decrease the amount of calories as you lose weight maybe lower them every week or two. download the MyFitnessPal app to easily track your macros and calories!!!

LoseIt (app like MyFitnessPal) estimates September 28 as my projected date to reach 199 lbs. I’m hoping it’s right. I just need to focus on getting things done and not overindulging!

I know where my problems lie, I just need to fix them. Not going to lie, I’m a little nervous I won’t meet that goal. It’s my first major one.

Fingers crossed.

AOK  submitted: 

 5'11.  295 to 270.  Obviously still a long way to go, but I hit my first milestone of 25 pounds and felt proud enough to share it.  First photo is from December, but I didn’t lose a pound until I restarted my weight loss at the beginning of September, so 2 months ago.  To lose the weight so far I have been doing 3 hours of circuit training a week at the gym, as well as 3 weekly runs, and trying my best to get to 10,000 steps a day.  The biggest (by far!) help to me has been myfitnesspal and the withings app, tracking every single calorie I put into my body and then weighing every morning, really lets me see the effect of food.  I know some say not to weigh daily, but for me it prevents me from cheating.  If I cheat, I see it the next morning on the scale.  My goal weight is around 225 pounds.  If I can get there, I may re-evaluate and try to lose more.

See more Before and After weight loss pictures  or  SUBMIT yours.

anonymous asked:

Hi! Do you have some tips on motivation? I'm fat and I really need to workout. I have some super duper workout plans and diets but every time after two days I'm like "Nah"

i get you!! this is what you shouldnt do.. cutting cold turkey! its very difficult and its extremely easy to lose motivation!!i use to do this all the time, id be super good for a couple of weeks and then midterms would hit and id just give up!! what you wanna do is a slow gradual change from your normal routine, work out when you can at first and id HIGHLY reccomend tracking your food using the MyFitnessPal app :) you dont even have to start dieting at first, just keep track of what you eat!! then slowly lower your calories and maybe add in a few more workout days :) 

What apps do you use?

So, I have no fitbit or anything else and no money to buy one. I’m tracking my food and my workouts with the myfitnesspal App. Three days ago I downloaded the S Health App (even though I have no Samsung) just to look if it’s better and …I can’t decide.

My Fitness Pal offers more workouts and a LOT more lowcarb foods to choose from. And you can change your macro settings. 

The S Health App offers a good enough sleep tracking but is quit restricted concerning foods and workouts. BUT it has a Pedometer included and is more appealing to the eye (yes that’s important to me…make something completely needless beautiful, build a nice package around it and I’ll buy it. lol).

So, what apps do you use? Or what apps would you recommend?

Btw, I have an Android phone. I don’t weigh my food rigorously or track my workouts 100%. I just want to have a general overview of what I did and ate.

Cheat Day!!!

Pancakes loaded with sugar and syrup
Whopper combo
Easter chocolate until I felt sick

I was with my mom who felt so guilty about eating

I weighed myself for the MyFitnessPal App and actually lost weight.

I text my mom to tease her and she was angry, but then text back again that she too lost weight. She is a carb and calories counter. So what did we learn? That losing weight is confusing

anonymous asked:

I'm kind of worried that my sister is resorting to some unhealthy methods in order to lose weight like we were talking the other night and she was like yeah I've eaten only 700 calories in a day before and was sounded really proud and wouldn't listen when I was telling her she needed to at least be eating 1200 calories a day and then today during dinner she only ate some watermelon and when I subtly questioned her she revealed she'd hadn't snacked or anything since lunch part 1

(Cont.) I can’t say for certain if she’s consistently not eating and i know she has the myfitnesspal app and I’m tempted to sneakily look on it to find out how much she’s been eating the past few days but I’m scared to betray her trust and I also don’t want to go to my parents yet incas snorting is going on and i make my sister mad and hate me for awhile for no reason but I also love her and want to make sure she is making healthy smart decisions do you have any suggestions? part 2

This is… a really tough one, I don’t think I’m the right person to give u advice on this but I do think you should talk to her about it and tell her your concerns. Eating like that is extremely unhealthy.. your probably going to meet some resistance but you should still let her know in a calm manner

anonymous asked:

that's why I can't use the myfitnesspal app and why I don't tend to recommend it to people (even tho it's a great tool if you use it properly!) because it made me obsessive over my calorie intake and I started eating less and less and I felt all this shame and self loathing when I had to log calories, even if I was under or at my goal for the day, and it compounded my existing eating disorder and body issues and it's taken me a long time to allow myself to eat and gain weight 1

(Cont.) and long story short (didn’t mean to go on so long!) @anon if you’re worried your sister is misusing the app, I think it’s important to address it because those things can quickly spiral out of control and you can developed long lasting neurosis that stem from it (for instance I cant eat in front of strangers and tend to have binge eating habits where I’ll go days without eating anything, then break down and eat until I’m sick) but (esp. if she is) she might react defensively to you about it 2

My Diet Explained: IIFYM
My Diet Explained: IIFYM

As a fitness/nutrition enthusiast, I am regularly asked the question “what is your diet like?”  To which I usually reply, “Well.. It’s complicated.  Would you like the short answer or the long answer?”

 For all you short attention span type out there, (I feel you, because I can be one of them) my diet is called IIFYM (if it fits your macros), otherwise known as flexible dieting.  Currently, my IIFYM diet is coupled with a reverse dieting approach to help me reach my goal weight, while simultaneously raising my metabolic capacity.  I don’t do meal plans and definitely none of that ‘Eat every 2-3 hours to stoke your metabolic fire (what’s a metabolic fire anyway?? LOL) baloney!“ 

If that wasn't enough for you, keep reading.  

There are a few components to the IIFYM part of my diet :

1.  I precisely count my macros by weighing (food-scale) and tracking (macros+ app, myfitnesspal) food.

2.  I don’t do cheat meals or cheat days– I use refeed days (basically, a boost in carbs once a week to refill glycogen stores).  For the most part, I’m against cheal meals/days.  There is no structure to them and one binge-like meal or day can set you back 1-3 weeks. It’s too easy to fall completely off the wagon and the aftermath is never pretty.  Plus, the IIFYM lifestyle is so flexible that I have no cravings or need for a cheat.

 3.  Did I mention that I DO NOT do meal plans?  I specifically sought out my current coach because I knew he’d help me get away from the meal plan mentality.  Tuna, potato, and broccoli are great foods (tilapia isn’t), but I was no way in hell feeling eating that stuff 6-8 times a day.  The beauty of flexible dieting is just that– it’s flexible!  It allows for me to eat things like Cereal, Cottage Cheese, fruit, luna bars, tortillas, and cheese; heck, I can even grab food when I’m in town and enjoy a restaurant meal with a loved one, as long as I plan for it and stick to my macros!    

4.  Meal-Frequency isn’t a big deal with IIFYM.  You know that whole eat every 2-3 hours a day advice?  Well yeah, it don’t work for me (*bad grammar intentional).  Typically I try to get some protein in every 5 hours and sip amino acids in-between meals, but it’s not necessary that I eat rabbit portions, in order to stoke an imaginary metabolic fire, lol. I eat maybe 3-4 meals a day and greatly prefer it this way.  Why do I like eating a smaller amount of meals?  Well for starters, I’m not thinking about food ALL day long.  It has allowed for bigger portions that reach my satiety needs, rather than teasing them every 2 hours.  Also, I have much more flexiblity in my diet to eat whatever I want– in moderation (once my micronutrient and fiber needs have been reached).

5.  I eat carbs– HALLELUJAH!  I eat fat– double, HALLELUJAH!!!  If you’re training and you try to cut out yo carbs.. you goin have a bad time…….  If you like having beautiful skin, great hair, and a high libido and you try to cut yo fats?  You goin have a f'real bad time.  Eat yo cahbs and fats, dammit!  Also, never trust a diet that extremely limits or cuts out a macronutrient.    The word macro is included to indicate that it’s a primary human nutrient need.  Seems pretty common sense-ish to me.. 

The Reverse Dieting part of my diet:

Allow me to explain its grandiousness.. 

Reverse dieting increases your calories week by week in very small increments (for example, my coach usually increases all of my macros by 10 gm of carbohydrates and 1 gm fats weekly).  Reverse dieting is usually implemented by individuals that are looking to reset, or raise their metabolic capacities after coming out of a cut (caloric deficit) or those who have mistakenly done some serious metabolic damage through excess cardio and lowering essential macronutrients to the e x t r e m e (I can be an extreme kind of person and I totally get the whole 'go hard or go home mentality’, but unfortunately, our body does not always abide on the same principle.  You go too hard?  Things  can shut-down!  Trust me, I know from personal experience).  However ‘weight gain’ is not the goal, despite the fact that you are adding calories weekly.  The ultimate goal is to get total calories as high as possible before you start to see that scale weight start to increase.  Then, you will know your maintenance.

Why should you reverse-diet before beginning a cut? 

 Imagine this:  Say you’re going to start a diet so you directly cut your calories to 1,500 (for most women with a healthy metabolism, this is maybe 1,000  calories or so below maintenance level).  Week by week you cut 100 calories until you’re maybe down to 1,200 calories and an hour of cardio per day.  Thing are going well weightloss wise, until you hit a plateau and things start to go haywire.  Energy levels plummet, hair is falling out, your strength is fleeting, and you might even begin gaining weight.  In a panic, you decide to cut your calories even more and add in 30 more minutes of cardio.  HOLD-UP!  This is not the way to go.

 Enter.. Reverse Dieting.

What can Reverse Dieting do for you?

  1.  Reverse Dieting will help maintain a healthy metabolism and raise your metabolic capacity, so that when you begin a cut you can start out with a higher amount of calories, and reduce macros in very small increments; in the same fashion that you added them in.

  2.  Reverse Dieting will allow you to scientifically determine what your exact maintenance intake is– down to the number.  Reverse dieting is based on actual SCIENCE, not bro-scientist field-work.  

  3. It will set yourself up for a successful cut.  If you start with more calories you have more to detract from, without having to reduce to obscene levels and performing ridiculous amounts of cardiovascular activity.  

  4. It will set yourself up for a better bulk.  Instead of shoveling food into your mouth to see dem muscle gains, why not try a scientific approach?  Reverse Dieting will allow you to avoid fat-gain overload. 

  5. You can eat MORE FOOD!!!!!  I <3 Food. :)

  6. You can perform better in the gym, lift heavier weight, and not feel like your muscles are catabalizing when you’re doing cardio (is that only me?).  Yay.

  7. Reverse Dieting can help you Maintain your current weight.  The statistics are such: 95% of Americans that lose weight are unable to keep it off permanently.  Reverse Dieting is a great maintenance plan!

In essence, this is my current diet!  Yes, I know that it is complicated.  A diet this complicated is not necessary for everybody that wants to shed some weight (go ahead and eat your low-cal microwave meals), but it's necessary if you want to enter into the competitive world of bodybuilding.  Let me know if you have any questions whatsoever.  I’d be more than happy to help you out. 

​Email: cquinajon@outlook.com

 Stay happy, Stay healthy!

-CQ
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Healthy, Homemade, Chicken Hot Pockets

As a teacher and full-time graduate student, I feel as if I am always eating on the go and/or am too tired to cook once I get home… And this translates to less-than-stellar food choices which in turn makes me feel tired. It’s a vicious cycle.

This break, I’ve been cooking and freezing up a storm in hopes of having healthier alternatives that suit my on-the-go lifestyle.

I made up this super-yummy (easy-to-freeze and store) recipe, and thought all y’all teachers and students on my feed might be interested.

Healthy, Homemade, Chicken Hot Pockets

(I used MyFitnessPal app to get the exact nutritional break-down per serving)

Serves: 8

Calories per serving: 364

Fat per serving: 16.8g

Carbs per serving: 32.8g

Fiber per serving: 2.7g

Sugar per serving: 2.5g

Protein per serving: 21.8g

You will need:

1 package of ground chicken

1 package of fat-free cream cheese

1 cup fresh chopped kale

1 package (2 sheets) of puff pastry dough (in the freezer section)

4 chopped sweet peppers

2.5-3 stems of fresh rosemary

½ tsp of salt

½ tsp of pepper

To-Do:

Open puff pastry dough and allow to thaw

Pre-heat oven to 400 F

Assemble cream cheese, kale, and peppers into large mixing bowl

Brown chicken over medium heat

Rinse chicken (optional) and then pour into mixing bowl

Add rosemary, salt, and pepper

Mix gently with a spoon

Unroll thawed puff pastry dough

Cut each sheet into fourths (you should have 8 total squares)

Spoon about 2-3 Tblsp of chicken mix onto each puff pastry square

Pull the corners of the puff pastry together to seal the pocket

Place about 2 inches away from one another on a cookie sheet

Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown

Allow to cool

Store in your method of choice (fridge or freezer)

ENJOY!

glow-and-behold submitted: 

 Hello! 

This is my progress shot but i’m not finished and there’s another 30 pounds to go! 

In 2011 I was diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) which has made weight loss very difficult but I’ve managed to find a routine which seems to work for me, and slowly but surely, weight is coming off! I started my journey in July 2014 and have lost 24 pounds since then! So happy

Start weight; 194 pounds (13 stone, 12 ibs) Current weight; 170 pounds (12 stone, 2 ibs), I’m 5'7" and aiming for 130 pounds! 

I’m a lifelong vegetarian and have always eaten healthy home cooked meals. However, since using the MyFitnessPal app, i’m much more conscious of hidden calories e.g.- in nuts. I drink only water and herbal tea (the occasional glass of wine but that is rare haha).I eat a healthy, balanced diet without any processed foods or High-GI foods and I workout 6 sessions a week over 5 days. I do a mix of Zumba, Spin class, Swimming and I am a half hearted jogger (which I intend to improve).

PCOS has made this difficult and it continues to do so, but i’m so determined to lessen my symptoms and give myself the best possible chances of fighting it, how could I possibly stop. :)

Stay strong xxx,

http://we-can-fight-pcos.tumblr.com


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potato-jade  asked:

You have a super nice body and I was wondering if you had a specific diet and/or exercise routine?

TW: body image, weight loss 

Thanks, I’m really flattered but I can’t help you so much in the exercise routine aspect cause the majority of my weight loss/maintenance is from “diet” (I don’t like using that term and I’ll go into why in a bit)

My heaviest was around ~142 lbs in 2012

I tried losing weight by swimming, and I ended up going from 130 to 140 in one semester because I overate to compensate for the amount of exercise I was doing. 

Summer 2012

I was never overweight (since according to my height, it would be at 150), but I did get chunky.

So I started watching what I ate and kept track of my portions my using the myfitnesspal app. It helped A LOT. I didn’t know how much I overate and what was in the things I was eating until I jotted everything down and saw just how many calories I consumed in a day.

The recommended caloric intake per day for the average person is between 1200-2000 kcals. I was eating around 3000. 

Also, it takes 3500 calories to burn 1 pound of fat. So you can see why I kept gaining weight.

I was horrified after I saw this, so I really focused on portion control and drank a lot of water. 

DRINK WATER IT’S SO IMPORTANT OKAY

Cold water helps burn calories, plus keeping hydrated is just overall really good for you and once you get into a habit of doing so, you’ll feel a difference in your energy levels, even if it’s just by a little bit. 

So I did this over the summer, and lost 15 lbs in 3 months. That’s quite a bit for someone my frame. Anyway, I plateaued and didn’t lose any weight for a while. Which is normal for weight loss.

Then I used this website to calculate how many calories I should consume a day everyday to just “confuse” my body so it wouldn’t just get used to my regular intake. 

Although it’s helpful, wouldn’t recommend following anything that tells you to eat anything less than 1200 calories.

There’s an option to choose for ‘Basal Metabolic Rate’, which means the minimum number of calories your body needs to function properly. This is without standing, walking, or doing any daily activities. This is merely to keep your organs functioning and to keep you surviving. So always pick “little to no exercise” cause it will give you more accurate or reliable kcals to follow.

I quit eating junk food, ate high fiber foods, swapped in white rice for brown rice, then brown rice for quinoa, and didn’t eat any white or starchy products and went for wheat instead. 

I also started eating oatmeal for breakfast since it was filling and healthy. Just getting into these habits helped a lot, and I didn’t see it as a diet but more of a lifestyle change. 

I did this because I was borderline diabetic and my doctor told me I had high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in my blood. I didn’t want it to get to the point where it would severely affect my health, as my weight already made my asthma much worse.

Now I vary between 113-117 lbs, but I’m usually 115. I’ve been this way for a while and now just work on trying to tone up target areas like abs, arms, thighs, and dat ass.

So far, I’ve been pretty inconsistent in my exercise routine since I’m not so comfortable at the gym and I just do cardio without anything to tone my core.

I’ve been doing yoga and pilates in my free time, but no results are visible as of yet.

I’m no expert and I’ve learned a lot from taking nutrition, anatomy, and physiology classes. 

But I know that most doctors and fitness experts say that weight loss starts in the kitchen. And it does. I barely exercised during that time, and only did so after I reached my target weight. 

I lost ~30 lbs just from changing my lifestyle and eating healthier overall. I’m sure if you exercise consistently as well then you’d have better and faster results.

This is just my experience and my opinion but I hope it helps in some way or another.

Weight loss of 60 pounds in 5 months

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laurenmichelestewart submitted:

Height: 5’9”

SW: 240

CW: 180

GW: 150 - 155

I have lost 60 pounds in almost 5 months. It may seem like a lot of weight in a small amount of time but I did it in a healthy way.

I woke up one day and realized that I needed to change my lifestyle. As a teen, I was “skinny” but as a child I was a little bit on the heavier side. When I was 13 I was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and was prescribed Adderall to help me focus in school. Over the summer I went to being overweight to almost underweight. I had rumors that I was anorexic because it was such a drastic change but I couldn’t eat because the Adderall suppressed my appetite.

As I got into high school, I decided to not take my Adderall everyday and eventually I stopped taking it all together. Slowly but surly I started gaining the weight back plus some.

After high school I gained a ton of weight from not eating correctly. In the course of 7 years I had gained 110 pounds. For long time I was in denial about how much weight I had gained but it got to the point where I couldn’t ignore it anymore.

I got married May 18, 2013 to my amazing husband. A few months later I had started Cosmetology School. Towards the last few months of school is when I finally got serious. I was getting my life together, I married a wonderful man, I was close to finishing school,  so now I needed to get healthy.

I completely stopped drinking sodas, eating fastfood, and pretty much anything unhealthy. I started tracking my calories using the MyFitnessPal App and doing cardio exercises when I could. Before I knew it, I was losing the weight. 

It definitely wasn’t easy at all, at times I felt like giving up. It was literally the hardest thing I have ever done but it was so worth it. 

I still have a few pounds left to go and some toning but I’m so proud of what I’ve accomplished. 

I’m living proof that if I can do it, YOU CAN TOO!

      —- SUBMIT your own Before and After weight-loss photos HERE. 

anonymous asked:

I've always had very very serious self-esteem issues, stemming from severe chronic depression. I have some health issues, one of which will prevent me from having children someday. It's called PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). Understandably, my parents want me to marry and give them grandchildren, but what man would want a broken girl? I just needed a girl's opinion.

Hey. This is a difficult situation for sure. First, I want to encourage you to keep seeking professional spiritual and medical support for all three of these issues—low self esteem, severe chronic depression, and PCOS. I’m going to focus a lot of my answer on PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), because it’s an issue I think needs a bit more awareness in our society, and if possible, I’d love to give you some hope. I have a lot to say, so bear with me—but I hope and pray at least one part of this can increase your level of hope at least a little, my friend!

1) Your value and your identity DO NOT DEPEND ON YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES. Low self-esteem is a circumstance, battling severe chronic depression is a circumstance, and a health issue like PCOS is a circumstance. Your value and your identity must come first and foremost from your relationship with Jesus Christ. His opinion of you must determine your perspective on life. If you continue to believe that your worth is derived through anything other than Jesus, I really think you will continue to struggle with all of these other issues. Start at the heart, and work outwards. Who does God think you are? What does He think about you? Seek that out. (Hint: He so LOVED you He endured temptation, persecution, torture and death on your behalf. Your value is set by what Jesus was willing to give to redeem you. And His perfect, spotless life was worth a lot—yet He gave it up for you. I’d start with asking God to help you really understand that every day.)

2) Every person is broken. Every. Single. Person. The fact that sin entered the world broke every person. That’s why there is so much perversion—so many twisted versions of what God originally intended to be good. Humanity chose sin, so we’re dealing with the consequences. Some of those consequences manifest emotionally, mentally, or spiritually—and some do physically. Some people’s brokenness is more apparent than others. But everyone can be mended and made whole through the same solution: Jesus. Jesus reveals that our consequences can actually become inconsequential in the light of His love and grace. And He works these trials into good for us and others—not always how we would originally expect or hope for, but always for the best interest of establishing His Kingdom of freedom in our lives. So yes my friend—it is very likely a man will love you, a broken girl. And someday you will very likely love a broken man. How? Through the mending and healing power of Jesus Christ.

3) PCOS is not quite as unusual or as scary as it first appears. I know someone who has it, and you probably know a few other ladies that do, too. In fact, if you are in a room with 100 women, statistically, at least 5 to 10 other women in the room with you have it, too. These women live normal, happy lives. They get married to men that love them. They bless others around them. They love so many people. They are making a huge difference in the world. And, though it is more difficult, some of them do get pregnant. The woman I know has one of the best marriages I know of. She hasn’t had a child yet, but I know she has hope that it can happen. Even though it may take a bit more work and more faith in Christ than the next person, and though at times it’s really discouraging, she is confident that she will conceive if and when God wants her do so, as she is faithful to take care of her body.

4) Because you are someone with PCOS, there are some actions you can take to help overcome this.

4a) First and foremost, you need to trust God. You need to choose to trust Him when it hurts. When you’re in those moments where it looks hopeless. When it sounds like nothing is going to work out. Say it outloud: “I trust You Jesus, and I know you will give me a fulfilling, meaningful life, even if it doesn’t look the way I expect. I trust You to give me joy, even if I don’t feel it now,” etc. Speak truth to yourself until you believe it. Sometimes faith comes by preaching to yourself. I would even encourage you to pray that He would perform a miracle in your life and heal you. In Matthew 4:23, it says, “Jesus traveled…teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness.” I believe that He can heal you of PCOS. And until He does, there are choices you can make to help improve your situation.

4b) Secondly, you have to take care of your body. It’s a lot harder in some ways with PCOS. Women with PCOS often struggle with maintaining a healthy weight more than the average woman. But it is not impossible to do. And it’s worth it. You need to eat healthily and exercise regularly. Both are important with PCOS. There are studies that have shown that having good habits in both diet and exercise does improve fertility in women with PCOS. Find a way to get some accountability in this—a friend, maybe an exercise class, try different ways of keeping a food diary (I love the myfitnesspal app)—do something and keep doing it. If doing it for yourself isn’t enough motivation—do it for those younger than you who are looking to you as an example in their lives. Do it for your parents so you can be in relationship with them longer and be healthy enough to care for them more when you’re older. Do it for your future spouse. Do it so you have more energy to love people better around you. Do it for Jesus—He has said the your body is His temple. Keep it in good condition! (ha—now I’m preaching to myself! This is hard! But it’s worth it! It’s worth restarting every month if you keep slacking on your goals. It’s worth mentally hitting the “restart” button at 3 PM if you do something unhealthy and starting over! You DO have what it takes to do this!)

4c) Thirdly, while I do want to give you a little hope that you may get pregnant (and I hope you see that from what I’ve written above), there is another option. The deepest goal of getting pregnant is to love and raise another human being—to be a mother. And adoption, though different, is a truly real way to become a mother. It powerful, and it is what God did for us—I’d even go so far as to say that adopting is one of God’s #1 favorite things. I know it’s “not the same.” But I believe that it could be just as beautiful for you.

4d) And finally, you need to find a doctor who is not only educated about PCOS, but hopeful for your life. Who keeps working to help you find more solutions through good care. Who is realistic, but also works hard to help you make serious changes that can hopefully make conception more possible for you.


So in summary, yes, PCOS really sucks. But God is bigger, and there is SO MUCH HOPE AND PURPOSE for your life!!