As promised, this week is the beginning of my “Body Positive Series” involving real stories from people regarding their journey to become a healthier version of themselves.
If you or anyone you know would like to be featured in one of these posts, please feel free to contact me. I’d love to learn about what more people have been through, as well as spread as much inspiration as I can 🙂
This week I’d like to introduce you to a young lady named Molly. I’ve personally known Molly for around 13 years (HOLY CATS). Originally from Germantown, WI, Molly is currently 5’4” and 24 (and ½ ) years old.
- Q: What do you do for a living?
- Molly: I am a special education teacher! I am currently working as a Long-Term sub at County Line Elementary, and LOVE IT!
- Q: If you couldn’t live without one food item for the rest of your life, what would it be?
- Molly: TACOS or frozen yogurt, can’t choose just one 😉
- Q: What’s your favorite beverage?
- Molly: Alcoholic: Brandy ol’ Fashions Sweet. Non-alcoholic: Diet Dr. Pepper
- Q: Do you cook/bake? If so, what’s your specialty?
- Molly: I love to bake- my jello cake is quite delicious. I also have started to cook a lot more since my weight loss journey began. I make a mean chili!
Now that we know a bit about your background, let’s talk about how you got started.
- Q: When did you begin to make lifestyle changes?
- Molly: I honestly don’t know how I remember this but I started my fitness journey January 21st of 2015. I lost the most weight within the year from my starting date. From there I have just maintained.. very disappointing but that is changing as of late!
- Q: Was there an exact “AHA” moment that made you want to improve?
- Molly: Honestly, when I saw YOUR transformation photo. It made me want to have a transformation photo just like that one day. (sidenote from Sam: I didn’t pay her to say that)
- Q: How did you start? What did you change?
- Molly: I started out by going to the gym 4-5 times a week and changing my eating habits. At the gym, I started by simply walking on the treadmill for 40-50 min. I think the biggest eating habit I changed was going out to eat LESS; it is tough. I love going out to eat.. who doesn’t?! But I quickly realized how bad it actually was for me when I was eating in more and eating out less and losing weight while doing so.
- Q: What’s your motivation?
- Molly: Back then it was wanting an impressive transformation photo. Today it is not wanting to look like a whale for my wedding next year!
Most people understand that changing your habits isn’t easy. Tell us a little about how you’ve handled things.
- Q: What do you think the biggest struggle for you has been thus far?
- Molly: My biggest struggle has just been getting motivated. Since I have been maintaining my weight and not gaining it has been easy to have plenty of cheat days and to only do the minimum (10,000 steps a day). Another struggle is all of the events in my life. I am a very busy person with a lot of friends which means plenty of “get-togethers” and eating out.
- Q: How do you cope with the “feeling of failure”?
- Molly: I look at my photos from that past that has shown me that I have made a change and have lost a significant amount of weight (51 LBS to be exact). If you are on a weight loss journey or want to start one, make sure to take side by sides of your achievements, it shows a lot!
- Q: Where do you go when you feel like you need support or help getting back on track?
- Molly: I go to my fellow “weight loss journey participants” for tips and advice on how to get back on track. Thanks guys!
- Q: How have you changed mentally/emotionally since you started your journey?
- Molly: Mentally I have become a ton more confident in myself. I am a lot more conscious about what I put in my body, even though many times I may be conscious about it and just choose to make poor choices anyways – HA. 😉
- Q: What has been your biggest “victory” – either scale or non-scale?
- Molly: I can run over a mile without stopping now. I wear jeans more than leggings now.. its weird but I like it! I fit into a size LARGE shirt now, which is a big accomplishment for me! And I hit the 50 LBS lost mark. 😀
Where do you plan to go from here?
- Q: In terms of goals over the next 6 months – 1 year, what are yours?
- Molly: I am getting married in less than a year. My goal before my wedding is to lost another 56 lbs before the wedding! It will require a lot of work but I would love to be that thin on my wedding day or close to it!
- Q: How are you going to make it to that goal?
- Molly: Like I said prior, it is going to be tough to make this goal. I am planning on really getting back into going to the gym. When I lost the 50 LBS, I would power walk on high inclines on the treadmill, as well as run a little bit every day. I would also lift a bit after my cardio – I find lifting to be very boring because I can’t watch Netflix like I do on the treadmill. My eating habits will start to change drastically on a more consistent basis. I have been “trying” to do weight watchers the last couple months but lets face it, it has not gone that well. I am going to be a stickler on tracking my points and making GOOD choices. I will go back to only having ONE cheat day a week. Hopefully my fiance will want to make these better choices with me because it is always easier doing it with someone.
- Q: If you could give one piece of advice to someone who is struggling right now, what would that be?
- Molly: My advice to you would be to NOT GIVE UP! Just because you are not seeing immediate results or are not losing weight as fast as you once have in the past doesn’t meant that you aren’t succeeding. Doing something, even if it is going to the store to get your steps, is better than doing nothing at all. If you don’t like going to the gym (hello, I really don’t like going to the gym either) go on a walk, do an at-home video, go to Target and walk around a few times. A FitBit really helped me achieve my goals. Personally, I believe you should have a FitBit to help you make your 10,000 step goal AT LEAST 5/7 days of the week, if you can’t even do that, you are not trying hard enough and shouldn’t even have wasted your money. GET TO STEPPING, even walking will help you reach your goals!! 🙂