How to lose 100 pounds – That’s the question I use to ask myself almost every day and the question many men and women ask themselves daily as well. First off I want to state that I am not healthcare specialist or anything of the sort. I am just a mentally disordered mind trying to prove to not only myself but the world as well that we are mentally capable of achieving our goals and dreams; even when we doubt ourselves!
BEFORE & AFTER
So here it goes, My name is Jade Harris, I am 5’7 and back in February of 2014 I weighed in at 260 pounds. I know I must have weighed more than that at some other points in my life but I refused to step on a scale during those days. I go off of the weight I was when I decided to make a real change, 260 pounds. If I’m, to be honest, I didn’t think that I was going to lose 40 let alone 100 pounds. I thought that any weight loss would be better than none so in February of 2014 I started my journey that eventually lead to my ultimate goal of being 100 pounds down.
I can’t remember what made my husband look them up back then but he discovered this wonderful thing called Probiotics. For those of you that know my husband, Mr. Jon Harris, you are well aware of his computer skills and for those that don’t, check out Harrisell.com (The company he cofounded and is the CEO of). Jon put his wonderful skills into effect and researched many reliable sources to finally discover that our best option was the 100 Billion Probiotics that GNC has to offer. He was right! He had countless reasons at the time on why they were healthy, all of which I can’t fully remember now. Thanks, Medication! so here is what GNC has to say about them.
“Probiotics are beneficial bacteria found naturally in the intestines. Using probiotic supplements can help replenish those bacteria, which may be depleted from stress, poor eating habits or antibiotic use. Probiotics promote healthy digestion, support natural resistance and reduce stomach bloating and discomfort.”
http://http://www.gnc.com/GNC-Ultra-Probiotic-Complex-100/product.jsp?productId=22267176 – GNC - Live Well
Around the same time, My husband and I both got gym memberships and personal trainers. My trainer was an awesome bubbly woman who was very encouraging and helpful towards the first few steps of my weight loss journey to lose 100 pounds. She helped me learn how to exercise properly and eat healthy in a way that didn’t make me feel like it was a major chore.
Here Are A Few Of Her Tips For Losing 100 Pounds
You Can Eat Carbs And Sugars
Don’t deprive yourself of the things you love, just be conscientious of the TIME and HOW MUCH. Try not to have them after 2-3pm and definitely try and stay away from processed carbs and sugars.
Natural Sugars Are Healthy
Natural sugars from fruit are healthy in moderation because they have the fiber to help break down the sugars faster. Go for the pear, not the candy bar.
Choose Protein Over Carbs
This one is for when you are craving carbs but it’s passed 3pm. Eat protein because it sits in your stomach similar to carbs but burns faster and doesn’t turn to sugar.
You Only Need 15 Minutes of Cardio Before A Work Out
Don’t kill yourself on the treadmill before you even start working out, you only need to get your blood flowing.
There were many more tips but again the medication I take for my mental health disorders deprives me of my memory sometimes, Sorry! I was very grateful for everything she was teaching me but unfortunately after only 3 months of training with her and only 25 pounds down, I could no longer afford her services. However, I had to do something, though; because there is no way I could let all of my hard work be for nothing.
Thankfully during those 3 months I had continued to take the GNC 100 Billion Probiotics every day, so continuing to eat Healthy became a breeze. I no longer wanted any form of fast food. Instead, I craved things like cranberry walnut salads and grilled chicken with wild rice. I even went from being one of those people that have a little coffee with their sweetened creamer, to having a little half-n-half (no sugar) with my coffee. I was feeling empowered and like maybe I might just hit my goal of 100 pounds down if I kept at it. I’ll be honest again, I HATE EXERCISE so that basically went out the window after I lost my trainer. I just decided that I was going to continue taking my probiotics and sticking to my diet plan and before I knew it I was 60 pounds down.
Now it’s about June of 2014 and we are moving from the high desert of Southern California to the beautiful mountains of Southern Utah. The exercise started to become apart of my life again via hiking trails and just being out in nature. I stuck to my diet, cheating ever so often and continued with the probiotics. Overall I was doing pretty good. It’s crazy (no pun intended) how easy it got to stick to what was no longer a diet but a way of life.
Over the course of the next year, I went through all of my mental health issues (Maybe I’ll talk about it another time) and was prescribed medication that seriously messed with my appetite. I was either not hungry and having to force myself to eat or too hungry and having to take an appetite suppressant (Garcinia Cambogia) along with my probiotics. From the beginning of this whole journey, I doubted that I would ever lose 100 pounds and meet my goal. I was so used to just giving up when things got hard, especially when it got mentally hard because of my mental health disorders. In June of 2015, I stepped on the scale and finally saw the number I had been waiting for, 160 pounds. So how do you lose 100 pounds? Hard work, dedication, GNC 100 billion probiotics and some simple easy tips that eventually turn into a way of life.
The purpose of this entire blog is to show people with or without mental health disorders that anything is possible when you put your mind to it. Most of the battles with weight loss are mental and if I can get past that block, then so can you. My name is Jade Harris and I have mental health disorders but my mental health disorders do not have me. I am achieving my dreams and goals while living with my disorders. I lost 100 pounds and I can honestly say I am proud of myself for that achievement.
DISCLOSURE: I am in no way shape or form implying that you are not beautiful, unhealthy or incapable at your current weight. I believe that people come in all shapes and sizes and if you are comfortable with your body then that’s all that matters. Losing 100 pounds was just a personal goal of mine that I achieved; Mental health disorders and all. I also understand that all mental health disorders are different and that we go through periods of time where things like goals don’t really matter. I encourage people to push themselves when they can but also to know your limits when necessary.