Megan is a friend of mine that recently underwent a physical and mental transformation. Megan had been overweight for the most of her teenage life and had a hard time making a change. After trying every method out there Megan still found no success. She was ready to give up.
Today Megan looks back at her journey and finds herself proud and accomplished for losing over 70 pounds! Not only does she look amazing, she has gained countless other benefits from this experience. I had the pleasure to interview Megan and find out what exactly she did to achieve this. This is an incredible story from an outstanding person, that I believe should be told!
Interview With Megan
1 – Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you accomplished.
My name is Megan, and I am 19 years old. I am in my 3rd year at Dawson College studying social science. In the last two years of my life I made a lifestyle change and this change led me to lose over 70 pounds!
2 – What inspired you to take action and make this incredible change?
It took years of being unhappy for me to have finally made the change. I had tried many different ways to lose weight by going to weight watchers, joining a gym, etc. Nothing seemed to work and I had truly given up and that’s when I arrived at my heaviest weight. Then one morning I woke up and decided that I was tired of being called fat, I was tired of feeling shitty and disgusting, I knew I needed to change my life.
3 – Did you find it difficult to stay on track during the process?
Of course it was difficult to stay on track but only for the first couple of weeks. When you start to see small results it pushes you to continue what you’ve been doing. I promise, it does get easier as long as you stick it out.
4 – What helped you stick with it and not give up? Because I know… it can get tough.
What helped the most was seeing the tiny results and being able to do things I wasn’t able to do. Like painting my toenails, it was always so uncomfortable to paint them bending over and such, and then one day I was able to paint my nails in a comfortable position and this was a huge push for me! When my clothes felt bigger on me, small little things pushed me and made me want to see BIGGER changes. The one major thing that helped me stick it out was when other people started seeing results, when people started coming up to me and telling me how good I looked, after that started happening I knew nothing was going to stop me. When you lose a huge amount of weight like I did, it is hard to view yourself smaller than you were simply because you were so used to looking at the same body most of your life. So with people reassuring me I was losing weight and I was getting smaller I wanted to keep going.
5 – Were your friends and family encouraging you during the experience? If so, do you find it helped you stay motivated and kept you going?
My friends and family were so encouraging, my friends would offer to go to the gym with me, would motivate me to exercise. Having a good support system is always important and most definitely helps but you shouldn’t rely on it. Losing weight should be something you want to do, you should have the will power alone to do it. As I said earlier I had tried for years to lose the weight and never did, so this time around I didn’t tell anybody I was trying to lose weight, I just did, for myself and with the progress and results came the support.
6 – What are some of the benefits you got from the whole experience?
A huge benefit is the way I feel. I am rewarding my body by taking care of it and with that can only come positive outcomes. I was never shy when I was bigger actually I was very confident, but now I am even more confident in myself. Throughout this whole experience I learned so much about my body, my strengths, my weaknesses etc. I am now able to shop at normal stores, fit into normal sizes (NO MORE PLUS SIZES!!!) and I smile every time I catch a glimpse of my collar bones. My biggest dream was to have collar bones you could see and a thigh gap, and now I have both, follow your dreams you can accomplish them if you try 😉 The best benefit of this whole experience was seeing the reactions of people who used to make fun of me for my weight. Seeing their whole attitude change when they realized how much smaller I was. Never make fun of a fat girl, because you never know what they might look like in the future. Now all the boys that used to tease me are begging me to hang out with them, and can I tell you how good it feels to say no? REALLY GOOD. Marilyn Monroe once said “if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best” and I believe this quote to be extremely true! All of the people who supported me even when I was bigger are getting to enjoy the healthy happy Megan they always knew was inside of me. And for the people who doubted me, I hope they learned a lesson.
7 – There are so many options for people to lose weight but many are still finding it difficult to achieve. What exactly did you do to lose that weight?
Losing weight is a lifestyle change. You change a million little aspects of your life to make one big change. I stopped going out to eat at restaurants for a while because when you’re just starting off a diet it is hard to choose the “healthy” things on the menu. It is better to stay away until you’ve gotten into a comfortable rhythm with your weight loss. I started to eat fruit and vegetable EVERY SINGLE DAY because they really do make a difference! I avoid elevators and escalators and only use stairs, even at 70 pounds lighter I still do this, as I said it is a lifestyle change. You are learning to live your life in a healthier manner. I exercise 5 days a week, not that everybody needs to do this but it is important to get into a healthy schedule of working out at least 3-5 times a week. Exercise and diet go hand in hand.
8 – If you were able to go back in time before you made the change what advice would you give yourself?
I would say to just believe in yourself, most people doubt themselves because they’ve tried so many times and failed. It does not mean you will not succeed, it just means it’s going to take you a little longer. Take it from me, I would have loved to have been this size for prom but I am thankful that I am here now.
9 – Do you have any advice for those who don’t know how to get started?
Don’t think about it, just do it. Don’t spend 3 hours deciding whether you are going to work out or not, you just have to do it. If you keep this principle in my mind you will get a lot done. The more we think about things the more we tend to change our mind. There is no reason to change your mind about exercising, with that said JUST DO IT.
10 – You have an inspiring story! Is there any way for people to follow you? Perhaps a blog?
Yes, I have a blog you can follow it at http://meggylouisa17.wordpress.com
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