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From women’s health
My name is Courtney Llewellyn (@courtney_getsfit) and I am 26 years old. I’m from the east coast in Quebec, Canada and work in a fish processing factory. I struggled with my weight all my life until I tried WW, then I started counting calories, tracking my meals, and practicing portion control with MyFitnessPal.
Before my weight loss started, I had many issues with various problems due to being overweight. As a teenager, I had a lot of self-esteem and confidence issues that resulted in me being a very unhappy person.
I also always felt extremely sluggish and tired. I had pain in my knees and back from climbing too many flights of stairs. Heart disease and diabetes are common in my family too, so I knew I didn’t want to end up in this position at a young age. I knew I had to change something before I got sick.
My turning point was in August 2019 when the largest pair of pants I owned, a size 20, suddenly became too small.
I had nothing that fit and nothing that I felt comfortable in. I felt so sad and discouraged at that moment. I knew I had to start showing love inside out.
I started my weight loss journey by focusing solely on diet.
At that time, I had come to WW (formerly known as Weight Watchers) to develop better eating habits. I chose WW because a lot of the people I followed on Instagram at the time did it and it seemed to work for them.
I didn’t use WW long before moving on to calorie counting with the MyFitnessPal app. It suits me better and worked perfectly.
Here’s what I eat in one day now.
Breakfast: Low-sugar vanilla yogurt with low-fat granola and a tablespoon of peanut butter.
Having lunch: Two slices of smoked turkey on two slices of white bread with miracle whip, spinach and a slice of cheese.
Snack: Usually a protein bar.
Dinner: Two grilled pork chops, half a cup of white rice, and a cup of frozen vegetables (usually a mix of broccoli and cauliflower).
Dessert: A scoop of protein powder of any kind mixed with a dash of water, a tablespoon of peanut butter and a squirt of honey.
I started training in January 2020. When I started, I worked out about four days a week.
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When I started my journey, I focused solely on diet. Now I work out about six days a week following beach body training programs. This includes cardio and weight lifting as well as relaxation and yoga days. I prefer cardio programs most of the time – I * love * doing a good sweat and increasing my heart rate.
These three changes made the biggest difference in my weight loss results.
I started tracking my food. As I started keeping track of all of my meals, I realized how easy it was to overeat without even realizing it. Tracking my food helped me with portion control.
I started exercising for the right reasons. I chose to move my body because it made me feel good, rather than because I hated my body. It was difficult to change that mindset, but it was absolutely rewarding.
I made it known that I was trying to be healthier. I told my friends and family about my trip. The support they gave was really helpful. This allowed me to take on additional accountability in order to be more successful.
So far, I’ve lost 65 pounds in 17 months. I’m halfway to my destination!
I want other women to know that they are not alone. You don’t necessarily have to love yourself where you are, but acceptance of yourself gives you the power to choose a healthier life for yourself.
I learned that weight loss doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing mentality. Start with a small change and work your way up to other goals. If the going gets tough, don’t give up! It’s part of the roller coaster ride that is a weight loss journey.
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