Esme’s Weight Loss Success Story

~ Esme, 15 ~

Weight loss: 36 pounds

Start weight: 156 bs ~ End weight: 120Ibs

Time taken to lose weight: 3 months

She says: - I’m Esme. I’m from Michigan. I’m fifteen years old, a cheerleader, runner, and a vegetarian.

I’ve been vegetarian on and off since I was eight. But I started in February and I’m sticking to it.

The first month was definetly the hardest – I wanted to quit, but I wanted to prove everyone wrong as well. I had to deal with people asking my why I was eating what I was, and why I didn’t want pizza, but in the long run, that was ok.

My parents got divorced when I was 8, but they only live 5 miles away from each other, which for me now is running distance :)

I am in the process of learning to love my body. I’m learning to love the fact that even at 120lbs, I have stretch marks, that my stomach isn’t perfectly flat, that my legs aren’t sticks, and that I get stomach rolls when I sit down. But I also learned that if I don’t love my body at 156lbs, I won’t love it when I’m 120lbs.

My goal weight is 120lbs, but the number doesn’t matter. I want to get healthy, toned, and be happy. :) –

Her weight loss tips:

1. Write down what you are eating. It helped me realize if I was eating too much or too little if I wrote down everything I ate. It also helps me from binging, or eating something I shouldn’t.

2. Smaller plates. This almost tricks your mind into thinking that you’re eating more than you really are. Use a smaller plate and chances are, you’ll feel just as full of less food.

3. Chew your food. It seems I feel much fuller off the same amount of food if I slowly chew it as many times as possible over just scarfing it down.

4. Change your vocabulary. Rather than saying “I can’t eat that” About a cookie, say: “I don’t eat that”. The simple one word change may keep you from eating that cookie.

5. Make an “Instead of binging” list. I have one in my journal along with workout slips and motivation cards. Looking through these before a workout definitely motivates me. :)

6. Don’t compare yourself to others. This is a problem for me which I’m working on, I have to remember: she’s shorter than me, if I weighed that much it’d be unhealthy. 120lbs is perfect for me. Maybe not for you though.

7. Love your body. It won’t happen overnight, but you have to accept your body for what it is. Because if you don’t love your body at 150lbs, you won’t love it at 110.

8. After a meal, brush your teeth. It keeps you from wanting to eat any more, since you don’t want to ruin your fresh breath.

9. Drink water. Seriously, every time you think of it, have a glass of water. It’ll flush out your body and does help you to prevent retaining water.