8 Things This Woman Wishes She’d Known Before Losing Over 120 Pounds

When Jennifer Still started her weight-loss journey, she thought that she was prepared for the tough road ahead. But a year after she achieved the results she fought for she realized that there were some things she wished she’d known before she dropped over 120 pounds. The writer and author from Brooklyn, New York wrote an inspiring article for Business Insider in which she highlights all the unexpected things that happened after she dramatically changed her lifestyle (and her body!)

You Can’t Rely On The Scale

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Like most people on a health journey, Jennifer Still assumed that cutting down on calories while exercising more would cause the number on the scale to drop. But there were times when the number was higher. This was a bit of a letdown. Eventually, she discovered that sodium intake, and hormones can affect the scale’s number on a daily basis. So it’s better to weigh yourself every month or so to avoid getting discouraged.

It Can’t Just Be A Diet

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Dieting is only a temporary solution. In order to lose the weight and keep it off for good, you have to turn your diet and exercise into a lifestyle. If you think you can start eating the way you used to after you lose all the extra weight, then you’re going to gain it all back.

You Won’t Notice The Changes At First

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Still didn’t see any physical changes right away, which was extremely frustrating for her, but they were still happening. Her brain simply hadn’t caught up to her weight loss yet. Eventually, she noticed that her double chin was disappearing and that her clothes fit differently. She recommends taking measurements regularly to keep track of the subtle changes.

You Won’t Recognize Yourself In The Mirror

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When you see yourself in the mirror after you’ve lost weight, it’ll feel weird but in a good way. When Still saw herself, she was so used to seeing a 300+lbs version of herself that she didn’t recognize the 195ish-pound version staring back at her. It took some time to adjust to the reflection she saw in the mirror. “There are times I catch a glimpse of my reflection of myself in the mirror and don’t recognize myself—not in a bad way, I should add. It’s almost a weird, out-of-body experience,” she explained.

People Might Get You To Fail

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When you’re at an office, it’s tough to turn down a piece of a co-worker’s birthday cake. Then you have your friends who are trying to get you to order a burger or a slice of greasy pizza when you’re hanging out. And if everyone’s on their second beer at happy hour after work, it’s pretty hard to stick to iced tea or just plain water. “It’s not that they’re doing it maliciously, they’re just “trying to be nice,” she said. It’s tough to say no thanks under these circumstances, but you have to stay strong if you want to get fit like Still did.

Buying New Clothes Is So Expensive

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Still went from a size 24 to a size 12, which meant that a lot of her old clothes had become too baggy for her to wear. This gave her an excuse to go shopping, which was great, but it got really expensive trying to continuously replace her clothes throughout her weight-loss journey. “It’s been really expensive to have to continually replace clothes when the old ones become too baggy to fit properly,” she added.

Dieting Made Her Feel Healthier

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In the end she learned that dieting might burn a hole in her wallet, but it also did more than just lower the number on the scale. By eating good proteins, healthy fats, and lots of vegetables, she found that her skin looked better, she could sleep more soundly, and she had a lot more energy. So, from now on, she intends to stick to her diet lifestyle to ensure she stays healthy for the rest of her life.

Everlasting Effects

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Still explains that in order to lose weight and keep it off, you can’t expect a simple detox diet will do the trick. You need to make lifestyle changes you’ll be able to maintain in the long run. Otherwise, you’ll just yo-yo back and forth, damaging your organs and your metabolism in the process. She explained on her post, “My entire lifestyle has changed and while I’ll be able to up my calories when I enter maintenance mode, there’s no ending to my current way of eating — that’s just how things are now, and that’s going to ensure my health and well-being for years to come.”