- Age: 21
- Height: 5’10”
- Before: 180lbs+
- After: 130lbs
- Weight Lost: 50+lbs!
Emily lost over 50lbs by…
Realizing how simple (read: not easy) weight loss can be. Emily started accidentally losing weight when she began walking to relieve post-breakup stress.
Swapping out high calorie meals for low calories alternatives. Deep dish pizza became thin crust. Ben & Jerry’s became Halo Top.
Making small changes. Emily claims making gradual changes was secret recipe to her transformation.
At what moment did you realize you HAD to lose weight?
I didn’t. I didn’t know I was overweight. My starting BMI was above 26.1, but I didn’t know this at the time. What actually happened was my boyfriend dumped me with no warning and I started walking to let off some steam. I bought a Fitbit to track my steps and once I realized I had lost a few pounds, I decided I would try to get “revenge hot” to get “revenge” on my ex for dumping me. This was a silly plan and we got back together anyway.
What was the first step you took towards transforming your body?
Walking. I took short walks on campus and then started doing 5+ miles (12,000 steps) a day pretty quickly.
I’ve always had a hard time running even short distances. I get shin splints and can’t breathe and so I continue to refuse to do it. Walking is low-impact and I can talk to friends, listen to podcasts, or play PokemonGO.
What kind of adjustments did you make to your diet?
Initially none, and then after a few months I started counting calories. Now, I still count calories and eat whatever I want, just in smaller quantities. I also swapped out things like deep-dish pizza for thin crust or Ben & Jerry’s for Halo Top.
What were your go-to staple foods that helped you achieve your goals?
I have a love affair with pizza, so I like Smart Ones Thin Crust Cheese Pizza. It has a decent amount of protein for the calories and is delicious. Honeycrisp apples, PB2 (powdered peanut butter), and almond milk are also frequently in my shopping cart.
What kept you going on days you didn’t want to diet/exercise any more?
I don’t want to lose my “streak.”
Over the last 15 months of having my Fitbit, there have been about 10 days where I didn’t make my step goal – and it was because I was sick. I hate not meeting goals I set for myself. About the days I don’t want to diet – I’m okay with having a cheat day. I don’t schedule it because I don’t know what the week will hold, so if Wednesday turns out to be shitty, then cheat day it is. As long as my weekly averages are good, I’m happy.
What was the best advice you received (or read) along the way?
Read. Nutrition. Labels.
When I first started to count calories, I realized there are lots of foods that have a deceptive amount of calories in them (looking at you, granola). I was eating way way more than I was burning and didn’t even know it because I didn’t measure my food or track my intake. Now, I measure and weigh everything that goes into my body.
How long did it take to begin seeing results?
A few months. I looked noticeably different after about 4 or 5 months and after about 10 months I looked nothing like I used to.
What apps/websites/resources did you use?
Fitbit.com & the Fitbit app, smartbmicalculator.com – would recommend them all.
What advice would you give to our readers who are starting off as the ‘old’ you?
Go slowly. Don’t make a bunch of changes all at once because you won’t want to stick to it. I started walking, added calorie counting a few months later, and then started to make food swaps a few more months later. If I’d gone directly from eating how I used to to how I do now, I wouldn’t be where I am today.. I would have quit a long time ago.
Also, talk to your doctor. Lots of people have medical issues that may prevent them from losing weight as easily and being aware of any conditions you may have and treating them can work wonders.
Thanks for the interview, Emily! You can follow Emily on Instagram @eschpittlah.