Monday, 19 September 2016

45kg down: One Follower's Journey to HEALTHY




If you're looking for a little fitspo to start off the week, then I have a story for you!

Andrea is an old friend of mine. We went to high school together.

Recently Andrea started an extraordinary journey to healthy and has lost an INCREDIBLE 45kg so far. I've asked Andrea to share her inspiring story with us all today because let's face it, anyone who is able to come with far without giving up, is motivation to us all!

A few members from our Talk Healthy To Me Facebook group put together some questions for Andrea to answer about her amazing journey!

Andrea is a 30 year old mother with an extremely kind heart. On March 1st this year, Andrea underwent Gastric Sleeve Surgery (where they remove 90% of your stomach).

For as long as Andrea can remember, food has been a huge part of her life. She never felt full and admits she was a food addict.

After turning 30 and seeing her Nan pass away from cancer in 2014, Andrea knew she had to make some BIG life changes if she wanted to be around for her children past the age of 50!



Q&A

What triggered your journey to healthy?

I had known for many years that I needed to get my health under control but I stumbled at every hurdle and in the end I just stopped trying as I knew I would fail.
At the end of 2014, my Nan was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. It hit me like a ton of bricks. She wasn't indestructible and neither was I. If I even wanted the chance to be a grandparent, I would need to start looking after my body and stop abusing it with food!

Has it been hard?

I am a very strong willed person and I can do almost anything I set my mind to but I think the most challenging part was taking the step to go see my doctor and get the referral. To admit defeat and know there was no other way and all other attempts had failed. Once I took that step everything started to fall into place. I am glad I had a year (while my health insurance waiting period took place) to mentally prepare myself for the surgery and to 'break up' with food.

What are the main changes you have made to your lifestyle?

I am no longer controlled by food. It's not the first thing I think of when I wake up and I'm not worried what I am going to eat for my next meal. Food is now my fuel, not my addiction.

How do you keep motivated to keep losing weight and making healthy choices?

My three beautiful children. Looking at them and knowing I am now a good role model for them.

What was a typical day like for you before?

Skipping breakfast, Farmers Union Iced Coffee, take away and carbohydrates (the more the better). Don't get me wrong I loved my green vegetables but boy oh boy did I love my carbs!

What is a typical day for you now?

I don't have a meal plan or even the faintest idea of what I am going to eat from one day to the next but I try to keep it light.
My favourite foods are avocado, brussel spouts, sugar snap peas, eggs, danish feta, rocket, beetroot and thin slices of scotch fillet.
I also get really excited over a cup of tea (a little too excited actually). I tend to make it myself rather than buy one  firstly because paying $5 for a cup of tea is such a rip but also no one can make it the way I like it!

How does it feel to lose that weight?

AMAZING and it is so empowering BUT shameful at the same time, shameful that I have that much to lose and still another 24kg to go!

What do you do when you have a bad day and all you can think about is bad food?

A bad day for me is when nothing is 'sitting right', when I eat it can make me feel nauseous sometimes or too full. It makes me even more careful about the amount and also the density of the food I am eating.
I can have a piece of chocolate if I want but I'm not a huge sweet tooth. I would always choose other things over chocolate.

What do you do when you hit a plateau?

I remind myself of my goal, increase my protein and water intake. It also gives me the up and go to increase or change up my exercise.

How often do you weigh yourself?

Before the surgery, I dreaded the scales but now I weigh myself far too often. Ive noticed I want to weigh myself every day. I'd like to get in to a routine of weighing myself once a week.

How do you find variety in your foods and not get bored?

I love fresh food and how could that get boring? Plus I am falling in love with new foods all the time. Just the fact that I can enjoy a small amount of food is very exciting and a new experience for me!

Are the people around you encouraging or do they make it more difficult?

I have a great support network. I am very open and we have so many laughs about my '3 mouthful meals'. Plus the fact I keep offering most of my food to my poor husband and treating him like a garbage disposal.

Do you have a cheat day and if so how do you keep it a healthy cheat day?

I'm not afraid to have a piece of chocolate or a few crisps here and there. I think it is all about balance and while I am still managing to lose weight and gain life, I've chosen not to label anything as 'bad'.


From me:

I would just like to take this opportunity to thank Andrea for sharing this with us. Losing weight and becoming healthy is such a personal journey, yet when you share it with others, you have the potential to inspire so many people.
Coming from someone who has known Andrea for a long time, I have never felt so much joy, happiness and life in her photos! I am so proud of you and you should be of yourself!





Keep inspiring!

Tahana xo

6 comments :

  1. Whoa, so incredible and inspiring, good on her!

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  2. Such an inspiring story and some great tips! I love the "food is my fuel, not my addiction". A great motto to keep in mind when things get hard.

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  3. Such a lovely post!! So inspiring <3

    Amelia | Amelia Grace

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  4. So incredible and breathtaking live journey, my eyes are watery now. I'm very happy for her . <3

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  5. Thanks for this inspiring piece and I'm so happy for Andrea! I also started on a fitness journey last week. My sister recommended that I try the 3 Day Military Diet that made her lose weight. An upcoming wedding in the family in 2 weeks prompted me to try her suggestion since I have to shed around 10 pounds to fit into my nice dress. After 3 days, I managed to lose 6 pounds. A combination of low carb food was useful in making me lose weight. Now, I can't wait to start the diet again after 4 days so I can continue to lose more. If you want a good resource link where you can do a review for readers like me, here is http://3daysmilitarydiet.com/effect/how-to-lose-weight-in-3-days.html

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