Rebecca Grafton found an impressive way to motivate herself to get healthy and fit by booking a trip to Jamaica. After struggling with her weight for many years, she now inspires others to lose weight through her blog “My Girlish Whims”.
Name: Rebecca Grafton
Start Date: January 2014
Starting Weight: 246 pounds
Current Weight: 142 pounds
She explains what the turning point was that made her want to lose weight.
“I had gotten so heavy that I stopped being able to recognize myself in photos. I booked a vacation to Jamaica in May of 2014 and didn’t want to look back on the pictures from my trip and not be able to remember how much fun I had because all I could see was how fat I was.”
Rebecca said that she had tried to lose weught many times before.
“Like any girl, I had tried to diet countless times before. Eventually, I would screw up and decide to just throw in the towel. The one thing that changed this time around was I decided to always stay committed to getting back on track no matter how many times I screwed up.”
#transformationtuesday back to where it all began. I sold my house today…the same house that I took countess selfies in this very mirror documenting my weight loss progress. The picture on the left is one of my very first before pictures. You can tell from my face how unhappy I was with my body! Even though I was so unhappy…this picture was taken in 2013 at the start of another failed attempt to lose weight. It wasn’t until January of 2014 that I took one more set of before photos and actually committed to losing weight for good and STUCK WITH IT! You know what happens when you decide to not give up? The picture on the right. I went back to my house one more time this morning to take one last picture in the same mirror…same hair band…same bra (don’t even ask if I’ve had a breast reduction, it’s called I LOST 100 POUNDS AND BOOBS ARE FAT🙄)…crazy what a 100 pound difference looks like. I never EVER thought I could lose this much weight, I was just so unhappy with my body that eventually I decided to try a little harder, push myself to not give up after screwing up, and KEEP FIGHTING and eventually I changed my lifestyle. I learned how to fit in a workout everyday, I learned how eat healthy, I learned how to have a balance of staying on track when necessary and giving yourself a break when needed and here I am today. Time is going to pass anyway…life will change, houses will sell…but you can choose to be productive and start NOW and just think what kind of results you could see two weeks, two months or even two years from now. You are capable of achieving anything that you set your mind to and I’m so glad that girl on the left eventually decided she was capable of changing her life ❤️ #weightloss #weightlossmotivation #weightlossinspiration #weightlosstransformation #100poundsdown #fitfam #fitspo #fitnessmotivation #instafitness
But there was one habit she adopted which had the biggest effect.
“Deciding to start every Monday fresh. There were many, many weekends along my journey where I ate more than I should have, but I never let a weekend off track prevent me from starting over and recommitting every week.”
This helped her change the food she was eating and to lose weight.
“I had to change the types of foods I cooked as well as learn portion control. I learned how to make food taste good without coating it in cheese or cooking it with heavy cream. I also learned how to use fresh ingredients and seasonings to make real food taste good.”
She started working out, but Rebeccas said it wasn’t easy.
“It was hard. I remember my rolls jiggling along with me as I ran on the treadmill and Jillian Michaels screaming at me when I woke up early on Friday mornings before work to struggle through one of her workout videos. It was hard at the beginning, but it eventually got easier. It’s gotten to the point now that exercise isn’t a chore. It’s something I genuinely enjoy doing.”
With 246-pound she had to start slow, step by step to improve her fitness level.
“I went from being a 246-pound girl who couldn’t even run for 30 seconds straight to being able to run 10 miles without stopping. I was very slow in the beginning, but now I’ve completed two half marathons.”
She was so committed to losing weight, she ignored the gym intimidation.
“I found a workout I enjoyed and decided to just say “screw it” and not care what others thought. I went to a ton of Zumba classes when I first started working out. I wasn’t the most coordinated in the class and I certainly wasn’t the most fit, but it was a workout I enjoyed. I got a great calorie burn and didn’t worry about what other people in the class were thinking about me — I just shook my booty and had a good time.”