My name is Christina Armstrong (@kristinaarmstrong_) and I am 32 years old. I live in Tennessee, where I am a local family photographer. I am married to a wonderful man and we have two beautiful children. Losing 102 lbs with WW and weight training and sprinting wasn’t easy, but I did it despite my past history with binge eating and PCOS.
Before I began my weight loss journey, I was deeply saddened by the loss of my sister and one of my childhood best friends, both of whom passed away in 2016. This grief prompted me to start overeating again, something I have always struggled with. I honestly didn’t realize how much damage I was doing to my body and health during that time. It was an ongoing battle for me mentally. It took me years to make the necessary changes to get my life back and my health back.
Later, I was diagnosed with PCOS, or PCOS, which can also contribute to weight gain and make weight loss difficult.
At my heaviest, I weighed 290.2 pounds. Obesity runs in my family. I was twenty-eight and broke. My mental health was also struggling, and I was deeply depressed. I knew that getting fit and eating better would eventually give me back the life I so sorely miss and need for my health.
My weight loss journey started in March 2019 at the age of 29.
I just had my second child. My weight and insecurities have affected every aspect of my life, from my self-esteem and self-love to my ability to connect with my husband. I cut myself off from everyone I know.
I remember going to the park and not being able to swing or go down the slide with my young child at the time. It was heartbreaking for me, and I was sad for my son. That was the moment I decided that enough was enough and I wanted to be healthy for myself and my family.
I came across a girl on Instagram sharing her WW (formerly Weight Watchers) journey, and it reminded me a lot of myself.
Her name was Felicia Keithley, and I knew that if she could do it, I could too. So, I then decided to join WW. It was the best option for me. I love WW because I feel I will be able to maintain this lifestyle forever. For me, it was important to never feel restricted. And with this program, I’ve never done that. You have given me tools that I will be able to use forever.
This is what I eat for the day.
- breakfastTwo slices of toast, 45 calories, with one tablespoon of peanut butter.
- lunch: Mixed green salad with light fried chicken pieces.
- Snacks: Light Greek Yogurt + Vit & Protein Shake.
- Dinner: Two-ingredient pizza dough. (A dough made of flour and Greek yogurt).
- candy:Two chocolate graham crackers with a tablespoon of sugar-free whipped cream. (Hack: Freeze it!)
I didn’t seriously start exercising and going to the gym until January 2021.
Once I started going into the routine, I fell in love with it. I go at least four days a week, but sometimes it takes five or six. I usually follow Whitney Simmons’ exercises on her app. I highly recommend it to anyone just starting out on their fitness journey or anyone who wants a good challenge. I always make sure to do cardio, like a sprint, at the end of my workouts to maximize fat burning. I’m not a runner, but running helps me become one.
These three changes made the biggest difference in weight loss results.
- I changed my eating habits. As someone who struggles with overeating, portion control has been a no-brainer for me. I had to learn how to stop myself when I felt full instead of shoving all that food into my body. Not only did learning how to eat small amounts help me lose weight, but I also finally feel in control of my food addiction. This allowed me to maintain the weight.
- It changed my mindset from wanting to be skinny to wanting to be strong and healthy. After I started lifting weights and feeling how strong my body was, I knew it was no longer about how well my pants fit me, but rather how in shape and health I could get. Setting personal fitness goals helps me stay focused and on track throughout my weight loss journey.
- I shared my weight loss journey with others. This was a great way to keep motivated. I love helping people and I love how being vulnerable and sharing my story inspires and motivates others to take control of their health. I want people to see that this can be done and that although it is difficult, it is possible. It’s also helpful to have a support system and partner who loves and accepts you through it all.
I lost a total of 102 lbs in 2.5 years.
I lost weight slowly, but I’m so glad I didn’t give up all those times I looked at myself in the mirror and couldn’t see the changes I felt I worked so hard for. I want others to know that I didn’t get here overnight. It’s been a long journey, but it was totally worth it. It took a lot of falls and stumbles along the way, but every time I turn back and come back to it again.
Controlling my eating habits and weight has changed my life in many ways. I stopped isolating myself. I have a better relationship with myself and therefore with others as well. I have a successful photography business and can finally play with my kids on the playground and keep up with them on the busiest days. You can do that too, you just have to get started.
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