Weight Loss Journey

*Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical professional. I am just a normal person who wanted to lose weight and would like to share my experience in hopes it may help someone else*

To start off, please know that I truly believe there is no ‘right size’ for every person and the only important thing is that you’re happy and healthy. Since I can remember I’ve never had what some would call a ‘perfect body’ but I was healthy, confident, and most off all I was happy in my own skin. Growing up I played recreational sports, but never got into high school sports. My hobbies consisted of horseback riding and hanging out with friends. I was far from the athletic type but would thoroughly enjoy a neighborhood game of basketball, baseball or any other sport we decided to play. However, during the years of 2013 to 2016, I put on roughly 35lbs and let myself get to a point that I was not sure I would be able to return from. To paint the picture for those of you who may not know me, or may not have known me prior to 2 years ago, here are a few before and after photos.

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Almost every person in this world wants to lose weight or gain weight, and for many reasons. For me, not only was it because I knew being overweight meant another reason why I may not be getting pregnant, but I did not feel like myself. I felt so uncomfortable in my own skin. I didn’t want to go out with friends, I didn’t want photos taken of me. I just wasn’t me. I didn’t even recognize myself anymore. Yet every attempt I made at a diet failed. I tried EVERY diet, and I mean EVERYTHING; Weight watchers, AdvoCare, NurtiSystem, 21-day fix, you name it I tried it. I would last for about 2-3 days and fail. I would make an excuse and stop. It never lasted. That’s when I was at my Endocrinologists office and I stepped on the scale (the best part of every doctor’s appointment) and it read 207 pounds. I could not even believe it. In my mind I had justified weighing 195 pounds, but when it reached 200 it was the wakeup call I needed. Immediately I googled “weight loss doctors Fort Myers.” After reviewing the few doctors around town, I narrowed my options down. I was so eager that I told myself I would choose the first doctor with an opening. The first one I called had an appointment that afternoon. She explained the initial visit would be $150, and then $95. These fees would include all injections and medications needed. Perfect!

I was starting to feel relieved, and I began to see a small glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. I was finally making a move to better myself. I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to go for a long period of time because $95 a week was pretty dang expensive, but if I could get the jump start I needed it would be worth it. After filling out all the necessary paperwork, I was told that my health insurance covered weight loss. I almost fell out of my chair, instead of $150 and $95 it would only be $15. I couldn’t even believe it.

The doctor walked in and we talked for a little while. He explained his plans. He gave me a booklet with approved and non-approved foods; followed by a strict diet plan. I was to ingest only water and approved proteins for the first 2 days. Then I was allowed to add in fruits and veggies, but only the ones allowed on the approved food sheet. I also had to up my water intake to 100oz a day. In addition, the Doctor explained it was required that I walk 4-5 times a week for at least 20 minutes, and I had to come back every week for weigh ins and progress checks.

For the first time, I wasn’t afraid of a diet. I was so ready for this one. That night I went home and had one last big and unhealthy meal, which consisted of fried sushi followed by ice cream, and kick started my diet the following day. In addition to the strict meal plan, I was also given appetite suppressants, weight loss supplements and a multivitamins to take in conjunction. After the first week, I was anxious to weigh in. I didn’t know if this was all going to pay off, but sure enough I had lost 5 pounds! The pounds were dropping off so quickly I couldn’t believe it. The second week I had lost an additional 6 pounds and by the third week I had lost 14 pounds. I was beyond strict with my eating, but quickly decided I did not want to be dependent on these medications and supplements to lose weight.

In mid-November I decided to stop taking the medications and supplements without consulting the doctor (Although this worked for me, stopping medications without consulting your doctor could have negative side effects. So please do not do this without consulting your doctor first). The reason I decided this is because his specialty is weight loss. He prescribes those medicines for that reason, but I wanted to continue seeing him for the advice and accountability. Thankfully, I did continue to lose weight.

I have now continued my weight loss journey and I no longer look at it as a diet, it was a life style change. I continue to go to my weight loss doctor every other week to weigh in for accountability reasons (my personal choice). I am far from being strict about my eating like I was when I first began this journey. However, I have now made this my lifestyle and because of that I am able to make smart choices.

Now 20 months after starting my weight loss journey I am happy to say that I have lost 55 pounds and kept it off. Not only have I lost the weight, but I have implemented exercise into my daily life, I have completed 23 5k runs, 1 Tough Mudder, play soccer weekly, and run 4 times a week. At this point in my life I’m all about the non-scale victories, for example when I started running I could run a mile in 16 minutes, but now I can run a mile in 10 minutes (9 minutes, if I REALLY push myself), and I’m only getting better from here!

I hope to continue sharing tips and tricks that I found along my weight loss journey, as well as some of my favorite recipes and motivation.

-Dani

*Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical professional. I am just a normal person who wanted to lose weight and would like to share my experience in hopes it may help someone else*

 

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