Rose, a licensed clinical social worker and weight loss and diabetes prevention coach in Chicago, recalls her shock when she stepped on a scale at her doctor’s office for a physical 12 years ago. At 5 foot 4, she weighed over 200 pounds.
“If you are going to have an ah-ha moment, I guess that was it,” remembered Rose, who was 26 at the time.
Determined to lose the weight, Rose, now 38, began to make changes to her lifestyle. She went to the gym for about an hour a day several days a week, she recalls, and started incorporating healthier foods into her diet.
After a year and a half, she lost 60 pounds. But the real challenge over the past 12 years, she says, has been keeping the weight off. Here’s how Rose, author of the Wellth and Wanderlust blog, has maintained her healthy weight.
For most of her life, Rose had been overweight. Since the age of 12, she tried every diet — from Atkins to Weight Watchers, but nothing seemed to work. By her 20s, she had simply come to see herself as an overweight person.
“It was embedded in my identity, how I related in the world, and how other people related to me,” she says.
Because Rose spent the majority of her life being overweight, she has had to spend the last decade learning to see herself as a healthy person.
“I grew up looking at the world through this sense of this overweight kid, and always feeling really uncomfortable about that and insecure about it, so because [of that] I psychologically needed to transform how I related in the world as well,” she says.
She says routinely going to the gym and adopting habits like the 50 percent rule played a big role in learning to see herself as someone who values and enjoys a healthy lifestyle.