FINALLY UNDER 190 LBS & NSV!
130 Pounds Lost: Forget the Freshman 15 — Nick Lost the Freshman 40!
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What was the turning point that prompted you to lose weight?
I had always been one of the bigger kids in my class, but by 10th grade I started realizing just how overweight I actually was. Climbing stairs in between classes at school would leave me out of breath, and my weight was causing me a lot of body image issues. I didn’t want these things to hold me back from all of the opportunities coming up, like prom and going to college, so I decided it was time to make a change.
When did you start trying to lose weight?
I began working to lose weight at the start of 2011, halfway through my sophomore year of high school. I started by changing my eating habits and incorporating exercise into my daily routine. At the beginning of high school I would do everything I could to avoid gym class because it made me feel so uncomfortable, but when I started trying to lose weight I would use gym class as an opportunity to burn calories. I also started walking every night and using games like Wii Fit to track my weight loss and help me reach my goals. I began avoiding and cut way back on my snacking throughout the day. I also made small changes like switching from white bread and rice to healthier carbohydrates like brown rice and multigrain bread.
By the end of my senior year of high school I had lost 90 pounds. I continued to lose weight throughout my freshman year of college and I dropped an additional 40 pounds.
What was your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge was not throwing off my diet with junk food. I really enjoy sugary, fattening treats like cupcakes and cookies, so even having them in the house when I was trying to lose weight was a challenge for me. You don’t necessarily have to cut these out of your diet completely while losing weight, but you certainly can’t be enjoying them every day either.
Were there any times when you wanted to quit or give up? How did you stay motivated?
There were a few times when I would get frustrated with my progress and not want to do my workout for the day. When this happened, I would allow myself to skip a day, but it meant I’d have to work even harder the next day.
If you reached a weight loss plateau, how did you break out of the rut?
There were a few times when I hit a plateau and was not losing as much weight as I had expected. When this happened I would use during cardio, and after a few days I would start seeing results again. I also found it helpful to not weigh myself too often (no more than once a week) to avoid getting caught up on the number on the scale.
What’s your current exercise routine?
When the weather is nice, I still like to walk a few miles each night. During the winter I play dance games on Nintendo Wii for a fun workout and do Insanity DVDs whenever possible.
What’s your daily diet look like?
I’m less strict with my diet now compared to when I was trying to lose weight, but for breakfast I’ll normally have something like oatmeal or Greek yogurt. For I’ll have half of a turkey sandwich with baby carrots or sautéed spinach, and one of my favorite things to do for dinner is a salad with grilled chicken breast.
What’s your favorite healthy snack and meal?
A chocolate peanut butter protein shake! I blend ice with ½ cup of water, ½ cup of skim milk, a scoop of chocolate whey protein powder, and just a little bit of peanut butter. I also like to snack on baby carrots with a little bit of hot sauce...is that weird?
How has losing weight changed your life?
Losing weight was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Simple things like walking up a flight of stairs no longer leave me out of breath. I have increased self-esteem and more confidence than I did in high school, and I feel better than ever before.
Do you have any advice for those trying to lose weight?
Make exercise a part of your daily routine. Like I said earlier, I took advantage of my gym class at school to help me work toward my weight loss goals. I also made my walk each night part of my daily routine. When exercise becomes a part of your schedule, it makes it much more enjoyable and it is easier to lose the weight.
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