Operation Skinny Jeans: Success Story- Brittany

Friday, January 25, 2013

Success Story- Brittany

It's that time again! We are so inspired by the success of the people around us! Up today is one of our favorite readers and Facebook followers Brittany! I will let her tell you her story :)

Brittany, Winter 2011

I haven’t always struggled with my weight. When I met my husband in high school, my Sophomore year, I topped the scales at about 115 pounds. I gained some weight throughout high school and after but it wasn’t until after I was married and started having kids that I started to pack on the weight. My first child (who was born Oct 2008) was a big boy at almost 9 lbs. and then I suffered from post partum depression for 2 years after having him (which did not help my weight whatsoever) and after having my second child in July 2010 I weighed about 197 pounds. However my weight slowly climbed over 2010-2011 and in December 2011, I weighed in at 220 lbs. At my heaviest I was a size 20/22 in pants and a 2x in shirts. I knew I had weight on me and I had tried a little to change it but I just told myself I was fine the way I was and that it didn’t bother me. 
The family photo that inspired her.
In February of 2012 we had family pictures taken and it was then when I saw myself in those pictures that I quit lying to myself and faced the fact that I was really overweight. I knew I had to do something about it but what!? I decided to start making healthier food choices, which wasn’t easy because I struggled in my relationship with food. I ate whatever I wanted, I ate when I was bored, and I ate when I was sad etc. Then in the beginning of March, after trying to eat better, I decided to buy a scale and when I stepped on it I was shocked to see that I had lost 8 lbs! That was all the motivation I needed. I started making a serious effort to change my relationship with food by eating healthier, portion control, and learning when to eat and when I didn’t need to eat (I’m still learning this). I also started going to Zumba and the pounds seemed to fly off. 

Over time I slowly started to feel good about myself again and it was an amazing feeling. Although my weight came off fairly quickly over the last 10 months I still struggled with food choices, plateaus, motivation to exercise etc. but I found out that perseverance and faith in yourself is the key. I’ve realized that I’m not just losing weight I’m trying to cultivate a healthy lifestyle. Today, I weight in at 166.6 lbs, more than 50 lbs less than last Christmas and I am a size 14 in pants and a size large/xtra-large in shirts! I have 6 more lbs. to go until I reach my first goal of 160 lbs. however I am feeling pretty damn good about myself. I’ve even decided to go back to school and am currently getting my certification to become a personal trainer and when I graduate I hope to go back to school to become a dietician. I certainly never thought I’d be where I am today... It is an definitely an AWESOME feeling to put on a pair of jeans and feel sexy again.

Brittany Winter 2012
Thanks Alex and Jess for giving me the opportunity to share my story. I think you two are such an inspiration with your blog and I wish you two the best of luck in your journey. Just remember you can and you will and remember to just have faith in yourself and know that you are capable of doing great things... You will ROCK a pair of skinny jeans! Today I weigh more than 50 lbs less than last Christmas! Just keep going! 

What has been the hardest part of your journey so far?

I have 2 things... staying motivated when you don't see results. It's hard to stay that way when you see yourself being a certain way but weel it won;t happen and… eating healthy. It's hard to not let my emotions control what I eat and it's hard to make myself want foods I normally didnt eat.

What is your favorite "side effect" of weight loss?

Having more energy! I can now run a mile where walking one winded me! This especially helps with two small kids!

Any helpful tips for us?

Don't diet! Deprivation is setting yourself up for failure. Eat what you want just try to follow the rule 80/20. 80% of the time make smart, healthy food choices and 20% of the time allow yourself a treat. a couple onion rings, a piece of cake. just remember moderation so 1 cookie instead of 2.
And remember to not beat yourself up. It takes times, patience, and perseverance. It will NOT happen overnight.


Thanks for sharing Brittany! We are super inspired by your progress! You look AWESOME! Those are very helpful hints! 

Remember, if you are a success story and want to inspire us, email us (click the little envelope up at the top) and tell us your story! Your success keeps us going! 

2 comments :

  1. I love reading others' success stories! I began losing weight last year, but then I got pregnant! I had my baby last month, and it has been hard to get motivated again with all of the stress and sleep deprivation! Following from the Friendly Friday hop!

    Sarah
    www.mamasgotittogether.com

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  2. Correction to my story since I wrote it Christms 2012 *Last Christmas meant Christmas 2011... Thanks Alex & Jess for sharing my success story!

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