‘I misplaced 190 Lbs. In 3.5 years by swapping this wholesome meals and getting energetic’

My name is Faith Sloop (@trainingforamazing), and I’m 23 years old. I live in Cleveland, Ohio and I’m a content creator. Compete on Exciting race has become my goal and motivation. It motivated me to start Incorporate more nutritious foods into my diet and run weekly. I have lost 190 pounds.

Before my present weight loss journey, I count calories, restrict, and track my weight for as long as I can remember. Growing up on a low income and busy (I want to be in every club), cheap fast food is most of what is accessible and convenient.

All my life, I’ve been on a diet – restriction and diet – over and over again. When I was 16 years old, I gained and lost 10 pounds which felt like a million times. After a certain point, I stopped weighing myself.

I remember in my freshman year of college, I weighed about 400 pounds. I was only 18 years old at the time and was terrified of what my health would be like if I continued on that path.

I was looking for motivation healthy for a while, but things changed when I took a job as a tour guide at the university’s admissions office in the summer of 2017.

We had a lot of free time, and I decided it would be fun to pass the time by binge-watching a TV show. I opened the Hulu app on my phone and got a new show recommendation, Exciting race. It’s been 27 seasons, so I slowly started working my way up.

Everything changed from that day. I immediately knew that I would do everything in my power to achieve my dream of competing Exciting race. I also knew that weighed over 400 pounds and that in the position I was in at the time, it would take a whole new reconstruction to make that dream come true. I decided that day I had to be healthy so that I could one day compete on the show. (My dream has yet to come true, but it continues to push me!)

As someone who has been on a diet since I was a kid, the best I can do is slow down.

I never take anything out of my diet (carbs, sugar, etc.). Instead, I focus on getting more nutrition from healthy foods. More combinations the right instead of eliminating “bad food” is what worked for me.

This is what I eat in a day.

  • Breakfast: Superfood smoothies (apple, spinach, peanut butter powder, chia seeds, almond milk)

  • Lunch: Thai shrimp gyoza from Trader Joe’s, edamame beans, low-fat string cheese, seasonal fruit

  • Snacks: Dried apricots, rice cakes, popcorn, bell peppers

  • Dinner: Pumpkin spaghetti with meatballs, turkey and cauliflower sandwich, or vegetarian stir-fry bowl (brown rice, choice of meat, peppers, onions, pineapple)

  • Desserts: Strawberry Outer Ice Cream, Enlightening Cream, Krispies Rice Cake

I also started exercising by walking on the treadmill at a slow pace while watching an episode of Exciting race.

That hour I spend at the gym so I can get away from classes, assignments, and responsibilities. Today, exercise seems a little more intense. I try to jog or run four days a week and hope to sign up for the first half marathon this summer!

I love feeling my body move every day, whether it’s dancing on YouTube (EMKFit is my absolute favorite) or a walk! I like to work at my own pace, so doing things my way has always been my choice.

Won’t lie – I joined running because I know that if and when my dreams are competitive Exciting race come true, running will be an important skill. But I found love for being able to move my body in a way I never could.

These three changes helped me lose weight successfully.

  1. Slow down. I used to try to lose weight quickly by cutting out the main food groups and frantically restricting. It will work for a week, but then I’m raving again. Until I started changing who I am (exercise became a big part of my life, learning the vegetables and fruits I like and incorporating them into my daily diet) everything was fine. really changed. I always say to people who are trying to lose weight, “If you are not ready to change your lifestyle and habits, you are not ready to change”.

  2. Listen to your body. Now I consider myself a “intuitive eaters“meaning I don’t necessarily follow the prescribed three-meal-a-day plan. Instead, I listen to my hunger cues. As a snacker, this has helped me curb a lot of my habits. I’m used to the snacking that I’m used to I call it “boring.” Sometimes when I haven’t eaten in a while, I’ll eat something just because, but now I really listen to my body and ask it. need.

  3. Learn to enjoy moving your body. I like to tell people who are trying to lose weight, “If you don’t like running, you can still lose weight and never run a day in your life.” Growing up in America, a lot of us learned to hate exercise because it was forced on us. You can lose weight by dancing, swimming, kayaking, walking, and about a million other ways. Find one you like and do it!

I lost a little over 190 pounds, and it took about 3.5 years.

People always ask me, “How do you stay motivated for so long?” And the truth is I didn’t. What I do is to build habits that I will continue even on days when I don’t feel motivated. People think that losing weight has to be constant exercise and eating salads, and that’s not true.

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