Cynthia has been dealing with weight issues for most of her life. After being reminded year after year by her doctor that she needed to do something, she finally did. In 2007 Cynthia made the choice and began her weight loss journey. Today She is 50 pounds lighter and feels amazing. Not only does she look great but she has gained new insights in life and is a much more confident person. I had the pleasure to get down and personal with Cynthia on her experience. Let’s see what she has to say!
Interview With Cynthia
1 – Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you accomplished.
My name is Cynthia, I am 21 years old. In 2007 I began a journey to lose weight and to date I have lost around 50 pounds.
2 – What inspired you to take action and make this incredible change?
Every time I would go for doctor check-ups I would always be reminded about how I was very much out of the normal weight for my age/height range. Weighing in at two hundred and ten pounds, after my last check-up I finally said to myself that I wanted to stop being told that I was obese and do something about it. Now I workout to have a healthier lifestyle and to possibly compete in a fitness competition one day!
3 – How did you lose all that weight? I mean there are many different approaches but what worked for you?
Following my final yearly doctor’s appointment and hearing the same thing over and over, I began reading articles online about weight loss and healthy recipes. The first step was eating healthier. Once that was under control I went walking around my neighborhood in search for a gym… I had found Curves which was located a block away from my house and signed up for the gym the following day. Every morning I would wake up and go straight to the gym for an hour, and then come home and go about my day. However, after I had lost the first fifty pounds my body began to plateau… I couldn’t lose any more weight. I lost motivation to keep up with the gym at that point since I was graduating from high school thus decided to just maintain the weight until the summer. Weight loss is an ongoing journey, it takes time and effort.
4 – What helped you stick with it and not give up? Because I know it can get tough.
Seeing the scale going down every week is certainly a plus! It definitely gets tough – really tough. To the point where you want to eat every brownie or McDonald’s big mac you see… but you just need to keep a clear mind and remember why you started your diet and why it’s so important to you. Having clear thoughts is important in any diet because in today’s world with all the advertisements it’s easy to get distracted and go for the first cheat meal you see.
5 – Were your friends and family encouraging you during the experience? If so, do you find it helped you stay motivated?
My friends and family were very supportive. The best part was seeing friends and family of mine and hearing “wow you’ve lost a lot of weight, keep it up!” etc…
7 – For those who are stuck and aren’t sure where to start, what would you recommend them to do, to get started?6 – What are the benefits you got from this experience?
There are many benefits that you get when you create a healthier lifestyle…not only physically but also mentally. There are so many health risks when one is overweight and inactive. It had taken me a year to be able to lose the 50 pounds and finally be satisfied. Before I lost weight I wasn’t able to run on a treadmill for more than 5 minutes, or do an hour of fast paced cardio… which just proves that my cardiovascular system is stronger now than it was before. Having a strong heart is important.
When I hit my plateau I began researching different weight loss articles and different programs from the ones I had already known about. I joined the YMCA and then started Weight Watchers. I’ve been working out at the gym, I’ve tried almost every different weight loss program out there. Every single one of them will work, the only question is your level of motivation. My opinion about anyone who’s new to losing weight is to do it a natural way. Don’t use pills like Hydroxycut or Herbalife because those ones make you lose weight in a short period of time (which is great, don’t get me wrong) however, once you get off the pills you will begin to binge eat, and then regain the weight lost. The reason for this is because the pills reduce your appetite and increase your energy level so you’re burning more calories than normally. Once you stop taking the pills you eat more and go back to how everything was before starting the pills. Which make them temporarily effective. Not permanent. Weight watchers is a great way to lose weight, it teaches you about meal portions and has awesome articles to help anyone who is learning. Weight watchers teaches you about maintenance and long term weight loss. It would also be effective if you met with a nutritionist to get some guidance on how many calories you should be taking in to be able to reach maximum results!
8 – If you were able to go back in time before you made this change what advice would you give yourself?
Don’t give up 398989394 times! Haha I found that every time it would get hard I would give up… I am human and I make mistakes, and that is why I say that weight loss takes a lot of self-control. Just always have a clear mind on why you’re doing what you’re doing because sometimes it’s gonna be really hard to say no to cravings. Just an example: I work in a grocery store… this is not the place one wants to be when being on a diet since you have access to EVERYTHING! Cravings come almost always when I am working. What I do to keep on track is keep a photo of the ideal body image for me and put it as a background on my phone to remind me not to give up and remind me why I am doing this!
9 – Do you feel you’ve learned valuable lessons from the experience? If so what are they?
Yes I have learned a lot, and still am. I am not anywhere close to where I would like to be weight wise… but I have learned a lot about self-control, portions and healthy lifestyles. Before I began my journey in 2007 I would eat fast food, frozen meals, and more unhealthy things daily… now however I have normal portions and never buy pre-made food so that way I always know what I’m eating.
10 – Do you have any last piece of advice for people? Can anyone accomplish this?
Anyone can accomplish this, they just have to have the right mind-set and right amount of motivation!
I hope you enjoyed this interview and gained a new perspective! If you or a friend have an inspiring story that you would like told please email me at [email protected]!