A truly inspiring weight loss story of a determined individual who decided it’s time for a life change. Lisa went through a self realization experience and decided it’s time to lose her weight. She worked hard and overcame many difficult obstacles but the end result speaks for itself. She looks absolutely stunning and feels at her best! She has some very key pieces of advice in this interview so take notes!
1 – Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you accomplished.
My name is Lisa Schlosberg and I’m 20 years old. I’m a native New Yorker studying at the University of Michigan and I lost 150 pounds.
2 – What inspired you to take action and make this incredible change?
Being overweight my entire life, I experienced countless moments every single day that reminded me I should try to lose weight. The older I got, the more overweight I was, so these experiences started to build up and they became harder to ignore. Climbing the stairs was difficult, getting dressed was complicated, and I found myself constantly worrying about whether the seat belt was going to close or if I’d fit in the chair. But I do remember one specific moment: I was in an abnormally small bathroom stall at an airport in Australia. I recognized that it would be small for anyone, but I could barely fit. I was struggling to close the door, I sat down on the toilet, and started thinking about the situation I had created for myself. I thought to myself, “You’re 17 years old. This is no way to live your life. Please do something about this, and please do it soon.”
3 – Did you find it difficult to stay on track during the process?
There were times where I didn’t feel like keeping up with the diet, but starting was by far the hardest part for me. It felt like a law of science after a while: “a body in motion will stay in motion…” The beginning of the process felt like torture to me, but it slowly became my lifestyle and as my eating and exercise habits became regular patterns everything started to get easier. Once I gathered some momentum and started to see and feel results, the only thing worse than sticking with it was not sticking with it.
4 – What helped you stick with it and not give up? Because I know it can get tough.
There are three important things to remember when it comes to wanting to quit. The first is that you’re human; you can make mistakes and you can screw up. You can always fall off but that means you can also always get back on. The second is that the difficulty level doesn’t always stay the same; some days at the gym you will have an inexplicably terrible workout and some days you’re just starving from the minute you wake up to the minute you fall asleep without reason. These things happen but they don’t last, so keep calm and carry on. The third thing that really helped me, especially in the beginning, is thinking rationally. I kept thinking, “you’re overweight, and the only way to change that is by losing weight.” To me, I didn’t have a choice but to keep going. This goes along with keeping everything in perspective – one meal is just one meal and one day is just one day. You will wake up and start over if you have to.
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?
I was so lucky to have a huge support system; my family and friends were all so incredible throughout the process. I actually wrote a thank you letter to my sorority after losing 100 pounds because of all their endless support: http://thoughtcatalog.com/lisa-schlosberg/2013/04/i-lost-100-pounds/
My family and friends definitely helped keep me motivated! Once I lost enough weight that it was really visible, mere acquaintances and even strangers would motivate me with kind comments about my success. The attention did get overwhelming at some points, but it’s certainly a great motivator.
I started dieting with Jenny Craig and did that for about eight months before dieting solo. I also exercised a lot; I did cardio daily and eventually added strength training to my regimen.
7 – What are some of the benefits you got from the whole experience?
It’s impossible to explain what I’ve gained from losing. The obvious benefits are the physical ones; I can fit into all the clothes I want to wear, I can fit into movie theater seats, I can move around with ease and I’m proud of what I see when I look in the mirror. But the most important thing to me is the mental strength this process has given me. After what I’ve pushed myself to do (and continue to do), I feel like I can do anything.
8 – If you were able to go back in time before you made the change what advice would you give yourself?
I would try to convince myself that slow and steady really does win the race. When I set out to lose weight, I wanted to do it as fast as possible and took any measures necessary to make that happen. I was more focused on my weight than on my health (because at over 300 pounds, they are one and the same), and I would go back and change my mindset if I could. At the beginning, all I wanted was to drop the pounds; I wasn’t losing at a “healthy” pace but I didn’t care, and then eventually I started experiencing symptoms of malnutrition and starvation. I thought I was just dieting! But I was so uneducated and unaware of how deprived my body was that it was temporarily problematic. The most important thing was weight loss, not rapid weight loss, and I wish I had accepted that sooner. The truth is, my entire life has changed. Healthy living through diet and exercise has become my passion, but I never intended or expected for it to be anything more than simple weight loss. I would explain to myself that it would absolutely be a lifestyle change, not just a diet, and embrace that from the beginning. On day one it seemed like a punishment (doesn’t it always), but now it feels like a gift I’ve given myself.
9 – Do you have any advice for those who don’t know how to get started?
Starting is by far the hardest part. Getting over the initial hump is daunting and seemingly impossible, but it only gets easier with time. Nobody and nothing can help you lose weight; you can take tips and hear inspirational stories, but the only way to do it is by talking yourself through it. This process is almost entirely mental, and ultimately you’re the only one in control. I know what it feels like to be uninterested and/or in denial of the need to lose weight, but I cannot ever put into words how unbelievably life changing it can be in all the best ways possible. It’s hard to get started, it’s the most difficult thing I have ever done, but it has also been the most worth it.
10 – You have an inspiring story! Do you have any last words you’d like to share with people who are trying to change?
This process has taught me the incredible power of cultivating a relationship with yourself. Nobody and nothing can help you lose weight; you can take tips and hear inspirational stories, but the only way to do it is by talking yourself through it. You have the power to choose optimism over pessimism and positivity over negativity. Food and exercise are just means through which you’ll find success, but this process is almost entirely mental, and ultimately you’re the only one in control. It’s true what they say, “Once you can control your mind, you can control your body.” I’ve become my own nutritionist, my own personal trainer, my own support system, and my own best friend. Find it in yourself to do the same and you’ll become equally as unstoppable.
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