When Diet.com member Poppylaine first began her weight loss journey in January, she had an overall goal of losing 100 lbs. Now, a few months and a birthday later, she's down over 30 lbs (nearly 40 lbs, as of last week!) and is as motivated as ever to reach her goals!
A young wife and full-time student (she'll be earning her paralegal in a couple of years!), Poppy first began blogging with us in January of this year. At the time, she weighed 260 lbs, and was ready for a change. Like many other women out there, she married a man with what she calls a "ridiculous metabolism," who seemed to be able to eat anything he wanted without gaining an ounce! And while she loved marriage, she didn't love what it was doing for her figure ;)
That's when she decided to take action!
She credits her new dedication to planning and scheduling her meals as the biggest factor in her successful weight loss so far:
"In the past I would just wander into the kitchen when I thought I was hungry and I usually would make bad choices. Now I eat breakfast as soon as I wake up and space out meals 3 hours apart from there. The schedule guarantees that I get 5 meals a day and makes it harder to cheat!"
Poppy has also put a lot of work into increasing her exercise activity:
"I really enjoy the elliptical more than anything. At first I could only go for 5 minutes before I got too tired to continue, but I never gave up and now I can go full speed for an hour!"
With a goal of losing 100 lbs, many would ask how Poppy maintains her motivation to keep going strong.
"What has kept me motivated is giving myself a timeline. In the past I would think about losing 100 pounds and it just sounded impossible. But after I did research I realized that it could be done within a year and a half with the right dedication. For me, it's easier going through the process knowing that it doesn't take 5 years to lose that much weight."
But of course, starting the journey is the first step. Beginning a commitment to a new healthy lifestyle can seem daunting at first, but Poppy's advice is that you stick with it:
"I think the key to success is getting past the first two weeks of a diet. When I started this journey it felt impossible and I thought I was hungry all the time. I think the hardest part of starting a diet is breaking old habits and if you stick to the diet for two weeks without cheating, you'll start developing new and healthy habits.
"If you're feeling hungry and desperate for junk food in that first week, just realize that it's all in your head. After two weeks, your head and body will catch up with the healthy change and the cravings for junk food will go away. "
And like every journey, it's always easier when you're not going it alone. Followers of Poppy's Diet.com blog have been a tremendous source of support for our weight loss champ!
"Blogging on Diet.com has been one of the best diet tools I could ask for. All the people that blog are so welcoming and supportive. I had a day where I gained a pound and felt just horrible about it and they were all there for me for support and suggestions on what could have caused the gain! I honestly feel like I've gained some great friends here."
And we're super excited to have her! Check out any of Poppylaine's 50+ Diet.com blogs here!
We'd like to congratulate Poppy on her awesome weight loss success so far, and wish her tons of success in reaching her overall goal. We'll check in with her again soon for an update :)
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