Weight Loss Success Story: Maria

Maria made the difficult decision to start losing weight and has since lost almost 100 lbs! See what helped her get started and kept her motivated through the tough days of weight loss.
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Maria’s amazing transformation
What made you decide to lose weight?
It started out as a family “biggest loser” challenge, that my husband and I took extremely seriously. I had really packed on a lot of weight after having children, and wanted to lose the weight, but lacked the motivation to take is seriously in previous “attempts”. 
What helped you start losing weight? 
I had my husband who worked out with me and helped me make better choices with food. I think if it weren’t for him, I would have given up and never would have lost any weight! Having a partner is so helpful when it comes to losing weight.  I also decided to blog about my weight loss journey from the beginning, as a way to keep me publicly accountable! I knew, having so many people “in” on my weight loss would motivate me not to give up! 
What was the biggest thing you struggled with when losing weight? 
Food. I won’t lie, I love to eat. I came to the realization that I was addicted to food. I didn’t just eat for comfort, or out of emotions or out of boredom… I would (over) eat just because I LOVED to eat. I loved food. When something taste good I didn’t want to stop eating, even if I was full. It was pretty bad. I had to drastically change what I ate and how much I ate. It was extremely hard, at first, and I admit I still struggle with food here and there. But I am so much more used to eating healthier now, and eating less. Now I physically can’t eat as much as I used to, and I cant eat some of the junk food I used to without feeling a little sick!

What has helped you keep the weight off? 
Staying active! For the first 18 months I was in the gym 5-6 days a week, at least 2 hours a day. Like I said, my husband and I took this challenge extremely seriously! Now I go to the gym anywhere from 3-5 days a week for 1-2 hours. When I can’t be at the gym I try to stay active at home. And then the biggest thing is continuing to make healthy food choices!

Did you use any products to help you lose weight? 
For the first 2 years, no! I did it all through healthy “diet” and exercise. But after about the 2 year mark, I have since tried some supplements here and there and protein shakes as meal replacements for a while. One thing I love about being subscribed to Bulu Box is being able to find and try different products whether its vitamins, supplements, or healthy foods!
What kept you motivated throughout your journey
The biggest help in my weight loss was accountability. Truly my blog readers kept me motivated to keep going! Accountability is HUGE! Knowing I not only had my husband to cheer me on, but a big reader base cheering me on and keep me accountable kept me motivated so much. Its like I never wanted to let anyone (myself included) down.
What has been the biggest impact your weight loss has had on your life? 
Life in general is so much better for me now. I never used to have the energy or desire to do anything but sit on my butt! I felt like I “couldn’t” play with my kids, be outside, be flirty with my husband… I always felt self-conscience and insecure. It hurt to be on my feet for too long. I hated the way my body felt so uncomfortable when I was moving. And now I can play and be active with my kids, I have more energy, I am not as tired, I am HAPPY and confident. And the list goes on, there is SO MUCH more than I can do now, that I never could before, or never thought I’d even want to do before. Life in general is just so much better now that I am healthy and in shape.
What advice would you give to others just starting out? 
DON’T GIVE UP! That’s the biggest thing. So many people expect to see major results in a short time and that is just not gonna happen. There is such a depressing feeling of defeat to come home after an extremely hard workout or even a week of really pushing yourself to see “no results”. But the fact is, it takes time and consistency to really see the results. So just don’t give up! The other thing I would suggest is take photos as you go. Being able to “look back” and really SEE how far you have come is a huge boost of encouragement! And also take measurements in addition to just checking weight! Sometimes you don’t always have a weight change, sometimes your weight will stay the same for a LONG time. BUT you may notice a difference in your measurements.
Connect with Maria through her blog Agape Love.
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