“EARNED IT..” Spotlight on Sarah.
Weight loss success stories often give people an innacurate view into what really happens beyond the progress pictures uploaded on social media. This lifestyle includes many ups and downs, moments of frustration, anxiety, and self-doubt. What separates us is the desire and determination to succeed. The bigger picture is always continuing to achieve the results that we know we are capable of. Sarah exemplifies this. She has lost over 50 pounds naturally, and fought hard to get to this point. Sarah was kind enough to share some insight into her journey:
Hello! You have done such a great job with your weight loss! What motivated you to start?
There were a couple things that motivated me to start my weight loss journey: one being my kids. Being a mommy of 5 means that you are constantly on the go; I wanted to be able to keep up with them. I got tired of telling them I couldn’t go play with them because I would get too tired. I want to set a good example for them and me eating junk food all day wasn’t doing it. A lot of my family members have high blood pressure, diabetes, and other health problems. I wanted to show them that its possible to get healthy no matter how big you are. Last and the most important thing that motivated me to get healthy was ME!! I was so tired of feeling overweight, not being able to feel comfortable in clothes or around other people. My self confidence was very low. I just wanted to be happy with myself. So when I have a little set back, I just remind myself why I started and keep it moving.
In retrospect, what would you say hindered you more from getting fit in the past: lack of motivation or lack of effort?
In the past what hindered me was not believing that I was capable of pushing my body. I was in a horrible relationship where I was physically and emotionality abused. Constantly hearing that I was worthless, a fat ass, called every name in the book every single day I started to believe it. But one day I finally came to my senses and realized I was worth more than that and left him.
Wow, you are so strong. Do you believe that sharing your weight loss journey on Instagram helps you stay focused on reaching your goals?
Yes, I do believe that Instagram has helped me because the support for others is amazing! No matter how badly you mess up you always have someone there to push to keep going.
How often do you workout? What exercises do you find to be most effective?
I workout 6 days a week. In the beginning of my weight loss journey cardio (running) was definitely the most effective workout for me. Now, I feel cardio and strength training are both effective for me. I usually do cardio 30 minutes a day along with what ever specific body area I’m working on that day.
Do you follow any specific food diets? What types of foods are a big “no no” for you?
No, I don’t do diets. I found that being on a “diet” makes me frustrated and makes me want to binge that day. I don’t eat pork or beef, other than that I don’t have any foods that are an absolute “no no.” I feel that one of something is not going to hurt you, as long as you can control yourself. Moderation is key to me.
How has life changed for you since losing weight?
Life has changed so much for me, my self confidence is through the roof! I look at life so differently now. I now want to help others, so I’m working on becoming a personal trainer. I never imagined that I would be doing anything dealing with fitness.
How do you feel about “food police”?
I feel that everyone has the right to eat what they want whether its good or bad for you.
Any advice for someone reading this, frustrated with their journey and ready give up?
Being on a weight loss journey is definitely a roller coaster, but the important thing to remind yourself why you started when you feel like giving up. If you have a set back it’s ok, you’re human. Don’t dwell on it and keep moving forward. On the days you just don’t feel like working out, are the days you should push yourself harder. If the scale isn’t moving, its ok! Just make a few adjustments, you will find what works. Take it for a girl who was 200+ lbs, who hated working out. I’m now 155 lbs, pushing my body to its limits. You can do it! You just have to believe in yourself!
To see more of Sarah, please follow her on Instagram: Sweetfit_sarah .