Noel Rich has a story that many people can relate to. As a self-described, “chubby girl” throughout her childhood, she accepted her “large frame” as the way she was simply destined to be, but after she graduated high school and got married, she added another thirty pounds.
Today, though she has struggled with setbacks and pushed her way over many plateaus, she’s been successful in losing 60 pounds and keeping it off. She was recently diagnosed with celiac disease which has her switching up her diet once again, but she’s determined not to let this new challenge get in her way or sabotage all the weight she’s lost.
More from Noel in her own words –
What habits specifically led you to gain weight? Not caring about eating habits is probably the biggest. Not that my habits were horrible but they could have been better. That coupled with a horrible metabolism and a love for books and reading in bed therefore no exercise was an added factor.
How did you lose the weight?
- Cooking at home.
- Adding in lots of vegetables to my diet
- Cutting out white flour and using 100% wheat
- Drinking lots of water
- Exercising 4 to 5 days a week for an hour to an hour and a half
Did you have any “ah ha” moments along the way? Yes! When I was able to wear junior-size clothing. I haven’t been there since middle school. Also having others tell me what a motivation I am to them and asking me what I was doing to lose the weight made me feel good.
Current/future goals? Hitting my goal weight of 175 and doing my first 5K.
Advice you’d give to other people struggling to lose weight? One day at a time and do not give up just because results aren’t quick. It took me a year to lose this weight and sometimes I hit a plateau then I had to start again.