What inspired you to begin your weight loss journey?
I was depressed. I felt like my life was spiraling out of control, but realized I could control what I did for myself. In 2012, I started to control my eating and physical activity. I stopped weighing myself about a week into my journey, but I went from a size 16 to a size 6.
What was your weight loss strategy?
I stopped tracking my weight loss and I started focusing on consistency. I made sure that I was consistently eating healthy and exercising. I try to eat every three hours and within an hour of waking up unless I’m fasting (then I start eating at noon and stop at 6pm). My guidelines for food are pretty simple: I don't eat any meat, only wild caught seafood sparingly. I eat mostly vegetables, fruit and nuts. I exercise every day, which is not a chore, but more like my therapy.
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What’s the number one weight loss mistake that people make?
People track their results and I think this can be a hindrance because even though you are doing the right thing, you may not see results as fast as others. So often I see where people don't see results in a week and they stop. Stick with it. It took me TWO MONTHS before I saw any results.