Losing Weight (the healthy way)

Bianca Tacher, who has written this fabulous and inspiring post, is my guest today. She’s sharing her story about losing weight the healthy way.

The reason I asked her to write something for me because I love the way she expresses herself.

I stumbled across her work when her Mother, a friend of mine since high school, shared a few of her articles on Facebook. I was curious, so I clicked.

I loved her message and her writing style. And as it just so happens, she has a weight loss story to share with you today about how she did it the right way.

For those of you who follow my work, you know how important I think this is.

So I’m thrilled to introduce you to Bianca. I think you’ll enjoy her story.

Losing Weight (the healthy way)

As a teenager, immersed in a sea of judgmental peers and sky-high standards, body image is one of the most important things I encounter on a daily basis. Faced with numerous fads, like diet pills and even eating disorders, it is hard to safely live up to the expectations surrounding me.

More often than not, I looked at myself in the mirror and was simply displeased with what was looking back at me.

My yearly physical at my doctor’s office was looming, and I was dreading it more than ever. Going to the doctor means that I would be weighed, something I avoided at all costs.

I figured if I never weighed myself, I would ignore the issue and refrain from addressing it. There was no getting around it, though, once I stepped foot in the doctor’s office and the nurse called me in (almost 45 minutes later, of course).

The nurse asked me to hop on the scale, and I felt my palms begin to sweat. I was so fearful of the number that I would be faced with. Much to my dismay, I was right, and felt tears welling in my eyes. How have I let myself go this much?

The doctor later addressed the issue, nonchalantly stating that I was a little overweight.

These words, though said with concern for my health, not my self-esteem, obviously broke me. Hearing those words destroyed my self-confidence as an eighteen-year-old girl. Though I was broken, I knew she was right.

It was then that I knew I had to make a lifestyle change, whether I liked it or not.

The day after graduation, I decided I would turn my life around. I spent far too long in Publix choosing which healthy snacks I would allow myself to have in the pantry. From hummus and carrots to frozen fruits for smoothies, I felt like I had it all, but was still completely overwhelmed with what was ahead.

It was time to start moving

The biggest concern I had for my planned weight loss was exercise.

I considered myself to be one of the laziest people I know.

I never went to the gym or on a run, and escaped physical activity whenever possible. I knew that this was an important aspect of weight loss, so I slowly took on the task.

Each week, I found myself at YouFit with my good friend, Tori, as her guest. Obviously, I wasn’t too big on working out since I didn’t even have my own membership to a gym.

Thanks to her, I was more motivated than I ever expected I would be. I even found a way to go to the gym on our off days, which was hard without a membership.

I changed my eating habits by changing my lifestyle

In addition to my workouts, I upheld a strict diet, limiting my carbs and sugar and enacting portion control. I definitely refrained from calling it a diet, and rather called it a “lifestyle change.” The word diet sounds restrictive and just sad, which I absolutely was not.

I allowed myself to indulge at times, but still kept true to my healthy lifestyle.

Would I be able to uphold this lifestyle and continue my weight loss journey while at college?

Despite my concerns, I worked even harder and ate even healthier while away from home.

My meals each day consisted of oatmeal or Cheerios each morning/afternoon, a fruit (or a couple) after a workout and a precooked meal by my mom for dinner each night. It was a little hard at first, but once my mom sent me ten pounds of food she cooked and froze, it definitely got a lot easier. Of these meals were leek burgers, chicken and so much more.

Aside from my healthy eating habits, I found myself at the campus gym almost every single day, something I would’ve never expected.

I felt sluggish and lifeless the days I skipped out on working out.

I demolished my step goal on my Fitbit easily each day and felt great about myself once I walked out the doors. Summer session is pretty lenient, and I was only taking two classes, so my free time was often spent at the Student Recreation Center on the treadmill or elliptical.

I’m able to keep my body healthy because I keep my mind healthy

It is now five months later, I am down approximately 12 pounds and I truly have never been happier.

Though there are often times I look in the mirror and still don’t love what I see, I know that I have made tremendous progress and am so proud of myself. I know that I am not the only person who looks in the mirror and feels inferior, though.

Even the most fit and toned people can feel displeased and unsatisfied with themselves, and it is simply human nature. We truly need to start loving ourselves the way we are, and just improve upon who we are.

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I made these decisions to change my lifestyle for my own personal happiness, and not based on my self-esteem compared to others.

This decision was entirely my own and I am glad that I have made it in the safest way possible.

About Bianca Tacher

bianca-guest-picI’m in college working toward my degree in accounting. Since my major doesn’t allow for too much writing, I utilize writing as an outlet! I love writing for the Odyssey Online and whatever other opportunities that come my way!

Important things in my life: avocados, nice eyebrows, family, Israel, and chocolate covered almonds…not necessarily in that order.

You can find more of Bianca’s work at https://www.theodysseyonline.com/@btacher

Dana Gore

Author of the books "A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety (What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You)" and "Streetwise Philosophy (A Bullshit-Free Approach to Spiritual Maturity)", Dana Gore is a health and fitness professional, wellness coach, and freelance writer. Dana brings guidance to the public about how to achieve optimal health in a safe and structured manner while inspiring her readers to seek self-awareness and inner peace as a means to well-being in all areas of life.

10 thoughts on “Losing Weight (the healthy way)

  • at 4:16 pm
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    Hi Bianca,

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. I can totally relate to you.

    I hate the scale with a passion too so I avoid it. I hate to look at the number because I’m never satisfied with it. Instead, I listen to my body. If I feel like I’ve gained weight – a sign is when my favorite jeans are snug 🙂 – I just pay more attention to what I’m eating and try – really try – to do some exercise during the week.

    I also hate the word diet – I just watch what I eat. I still have trouble saying no to my favorites like Dr. Pepper and chocolate chip ice cream but I make the extra effort to keep it out of the house until the weekend when Saturday is my free day. 🙂

    I think it’s all about balance. It’s okay to have our favorite snack but keep it to a serving – for example instead of three scoops of ice cream – keep it to one. 🙂

    And if we do fall off the wagon, just get back up and continue the journey.

    I’m glad your family and friend was a great support – we all need that.

    Congratulations on your 12-pound weight loss! I wish you all the best hun!

    Cori

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    • at 11:58 am
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      Hi Cori,

      I’m glad you enjoyed reading Bianca’s post. She has a wonderful message with her story.
      I only wish I’d had such a healthy outlook about well-being when I was her age.

      You’re right about balance. It’s the key to a way of life that allows for plenty of different experiences without having to tip the scales to such massive degrees. When it comes to healthy living, it’s the best approach since you can indulge intelligently without allowing habits to consume you.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I knew her work would garner positive feedback 🙂
      Have a great week!

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  • at 7:48 pm
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    Hi Bianca, it’s great to meet you! Hey Dana!

    I love hearing weight loss success stories. It’s such an inspiration to know that dedication can pay off. I struggle right now with my weight. Well, I fluctuate about 5 lbs. either way, so I guess that’s not too bad for a menopausal woman. However, back in my younger days (pre-marriage), it was easy to manage because I was much more active and danced a lot. Bla Bla Blah, right?

    Anywho…… thanks for sharing your story and tips. It gives many of us the “hope” that we need to pursue our goals.

    Have a great weekend ladies!

    B

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    • at 11:47 am
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      Hey Bren,

      I’m glad you enjoyed Bianca’s post.
      Yep, I think it’s easier when we’re younger from the standpoint of being more active (although that isn’t the case as much these days). Plus, the body is more forgiving at that stage of our lives and can react to new behaviors a little quicker than when we’re older.

      However, it’s never too late. That’s the good news. Our bodies are capable of being miraculous at any age, and that’s always a good realization to have.

      I appreciate that you stopped by to read this and of course, I thank you for your awesome comment.
      I hope you have a fantastic weekend B 🙂

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  • at 7:49 pm
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    Hey Dana and Bianca,

    I can relate because when I wanted to lose weight I tried to do every but exercise. But eventually I realized that it had to be done. And it actually wasn’t that bad.

    It’s so good to hear that you were able to achieve your weight loss goals the healthy way. Nowadays, too many people jump from one fad diet to the next without any real results. Besides, I’m convinced that those kinds of things cannot be healthy.

    ~Lea

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    • at 9:52 am
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      Hi Lea,

      I’m glad you liked Bianca’s post.
      I think it’s wonderful she was able to do this the healthy way. When I was her age, I jumped from one fad diet to another. None of this produced a healthy way of life for the long term.

      I know what you mean about exercise. Most people have similar feelings. It’s important to find something you enjoy. Then it isn’t a chore.

      Thanks so much for stopping by Lea 🙂

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    • at 11:20 am
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      Lea-
      Thank you so much for reading! I realized exercise was important for not only weight loss, but just living a healthy life. It’s definitely not that bad, and I feel almost incomplete on my off days! I agree that these fad diets are extremely unhealthy, and it is upsetting to see famous figures promoting them, as they have a large following of teenagers especially. The natural/healthy way is the only way losing weight should be done. Once again, thank you for taking the time to read my work!
      -Bianca

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  • at 11:33 am
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    Hi Bianca,

    Welcome to Dana’s blog. What a great share and one always needed. There is so much pressure on women of all ages about our bodies. We see it all over from the supermarket stand of magazines to commercials…on and on we go.

    But the reality is we need to be healthy. To do that, it is a lifestyle that we need to adhere to and it sure does start with our mind. It is wonderful that your mom is cooking you meals. Kudos to her because the nutrients needed are there for you.

    When it comes down to it, we need to eat well and exercise. The rest will follow and we can lead a happy life.

    -Donna

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    • at 11:50 am
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      Hi Donna,

      Thanks so much for commenting on Bianca’s article. I loved her message, and the maturity that comes through her writing.

      It’s so tough, regardless of your age, to distance yourself from the crowd and not buy into the ideas that we need to look a certain way to feel worthy. It really is a lifestyle, one that starts in the mind.

      I struggled SO much when I was her age – and continued to until I was in my late 30s.
      So anything that offers a well-rounded and healthy perspective is a gift.

      Yes, I applaud her Mom for being so supportive with the food. That’s a big deal.

      Thanks again for stopping by Donna 🙂

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    • at 10:15 pm
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      Donna-
      Thank you so much for taking the time to read my article and for your positive feedback! I completely agree with your sentiments about the importance of our health and taking control of it! That’s why I altered my lifestyle in order to improve my health and how I feel on a daily basis! Thanks again for reading!
      -Bianca Tacher

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