COURTESY OF MY 600 LB LIFE/TLC
6 Women Who’ve Lost 300+ Pounds On ‘My 600-Pound Life’ Share Their Goals for 2018
Great idea. After all, Northwestern University research shows that even women who meet exercise recommendations sit just as much as their non-exercising counterparts do.
Starting weight: 605 pounds
Current weight: 185 pounds
“In 2018, I want to maintain my healthy weight, but I also want to continue with my counseling,” says Brittani, who has lost 420 pounds. “Going to therapy is a very important aspect of my weight loss.”
As she’s gone through the grueling process of overhauling her nutrition and getting consistent with exercise, the Houston, Texas, woman says she’s learned that health is about so much more than the number on the scale. In fact, it’s about so much more than just her body. “I believe happiness comes from balancing mind, body, and soul,” she explains.
Starting weight: 585 pounds
Current weight: 277 pounds
“My main goal is to hit my goal weight of 205 pounds,” says June, of Houston, Texas. She’s already off to a great start. After losing 308 pounds, she’s within 72 pounds of her goal weight. But she’s not just focusing on the scale For her, it’s all about having goals in different areas of her life, including improving her fitness and even her business skills. “My other goals for 2018 are to walk a 5K race and own another company,” she adds. Bam!
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Hey, when you’re vying for long-term success, it’s important to consider everything that empowers you to reach your potential, Stephan says.
Starting weight: 601 pounds
Current weight: 223 pounds
Diana, from Houston, Texas, is down 378 pounds, but she’s still working on losing a few more. Her strategy: deal with her emotional eating, head-on. “In 2018, I am going to continue to work on addressing my weight issues with diet and exercise,” she says. “But I’m also going to work on identifying my triggers that drive me to overeat and finding healthier options to deal with them.”
Diana certainly isn’t the only person to struggle with using food as a coping mechanism, and the best way to deal with that is to create small, sustainable changes that turn into healthy habits over time, Stephan says. Soon enough, those will become automatic, replacing old responses.
Starting weight: 708 pounds
Current weight: 175 pounds
Losing weight is only one part of the process of getting healthy and Christina, of Houston, Texas, wants to make sure she’s covering all the bases. Losing an impressive 533 pounds was a great start, but she says that she’s ready for a new challenge in 2018. “My goal for next year is to focus on strength training,” she says. Getting strong is a great goal, Stephan says, as lifting weights not only builds muscle and speeds up your metabolism, but it also increases confidence in your body and its abilities.
In fact, women who lift weights significantly improve their body images, according to a study published in the Journal of Extension. This boost is exactly what Christina craves; she says she’s done with self-hate and low self-esteem. “I want to focus on learning to love the skin I’m in,” she adds. And she should, she’s worked hard for that skin (and everything inside it).
From: Women’s Health