Couple Shares Their Astounding Weight Loss Transformation Journey
This quarantine and lockdown have a negative impact not only on our mental health but it also has a detrimental impact on our physical health too. Because of anxiety, stress and lack of physical movement people have gained quite a few pounds in the past few months. Not to forget the fact that many people tend to binge eat under anxiety and stress. All these factors are contributing to serious health conditions such as heart diseases, stroke, or diabetes, obesity is one of the leading risk factors causing early death that could be prevented. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, in 2017-2018, the prevalence of obesity in adults was 42.4%.
#1 Reason behind obesity was emotional eating for Ethan
Here is an inspiring and definitely motivating story of Ethan Spiezer from Illinois. All his life, Ethan has suffered from emotional eating the reason behind his obese body. Knowing very well, how his obesity can prove to be fatal, Ethan took an empowering decision of changing his life in 2017.
#2 Enjoying his healthy life by changing its quality
After losing 200 lbs and going from 6X to XL in a little under two years, he doesn’t only look like a different person, his quality of life has changed completely. 14 months ago, his wife Rebecca, 41, joined the healthy lifestyle and has already lost 100 lbs.
#3 Sharing before and after pictures
The Spiezer family shared their before and after pictures showing their incredible makeover on Reddit and their story has gone viral on the Internet.
#4 After gaining more than 400 pounds, Ethan decided to take charge and change his life for the better and started this 2-year-long journey.
“It began in July 2017. I took a vacation to San Diego. I needed a seat belt extension on the plane, couldn’t fit in amusement park rides, and was out of breath and tired the whole time. My wife was also struggling. My mom had recently passed and I was extremely down. I realized how important it was that I will be there for my kids so I decided to make the journey,” Spiezer told Bored Panda.
#5 Setting a goal of two years
“I decided that I would certainly die if I didn’t lose 200 pounds. So I gave myself a goal of 2 years to achieve it”
#6 Intermittent fasting and keto diet helped Ethan lose around 130 pounds in 10 months.
“I did 1 day at a time. I knew I could do one day even though I couldn’t do a week. So I did one day, then I continued doing it over and over again. After I lost the first 100, I began exercising regularly with resistance bands and my wife put me in charge of her meals. Now it’s been just under 2 years.”
“I am no longer pre-diabetic, I no longer have fatty liver disease, I no longer require asthma maintenance or rescue inhalers, and my blood pressure is back to normal. Rebecca’s plantar fasciitis no longer bothers her in addition to overall body pain being down.”
“I can finally wear an undershirt around the house, without feeling full of shame.”
“Energy up. Confidence up. Love of life up,” he wrote in one of his Reddit posts.
Ethan also inspired his wife to make lifestyle changes in her life too. She has lost 100lbs in 14 months.
He says, “After a few months, my wife said, ‘ok, make my food too!’ Lucky for me, once she started losing weight, she became interested in healthy cooking and makes delicious foods for our whole family. Having a supportive spouse makes anything from doing the dishes to losing 300 lbs better. I mean, the weight loss journey is definitely easier in some regards, as you know they also understand how difficult the journey is, but we are all individuals so the differences can present their own unique challenges. For example, in my opinion, a 5 feet tall, 40-year-old mother of 2 losing 100 lbs is, in a lot of ways, more impressive than a 36-year-old man losing 200. Also, my diet now includes all clean eating and some fruit and complex carbs, whereas she maintains ketosis, so we eat different diets and meals for our own success needs while on a very similar overall path.”
#8 Working on losing more weight.
Ethan is working on losing 40 lbs more. “I used to regularly smile at people, and some would smile back, some would turn away, and some would actually frown. I get it, it’s human nature, but man did it, and still does hurt. Now when strangers reciprocate my smiles at near 100% of the time, it’s overwhelming.”
“Obviously, self-confidence is up. However, a life of thinking you are too big has long term impact no doubt. I’d like to say we look in the mirror and love what we see, but that’s not true. We still fixate on our flaws and what still needs to be done more than what we have accomplished. Body dysmorphia is a mental illness that involves an obsessive focus on a perceived flaw in appearance. This can be tricky for anyone who has ever struggled with an eating disorder or weight issues. This can be extremely difficult for anyone who has lost a lot of weight and is left with loose skin, which in a very real sense is a flaw. We try to tell ourselves it’s a battle scar, but the scar of a battle we are winning.”
#9 Sharing the most challenging part of his journey.
“The most challenging part has been staying on task when we don’t see any movement on the scale. I went for three months without losing a pound then lost 8 in a week. We assume, often incorrectly, that fat loss directly correlates with scale numbers. But that isn’t always true. So many variables, such as hormone levels, can stall weight loss on paper despite clothes continually becoming looser. The other main challenge has been getting back to the thousands of comments and messages we’ve received while sharing our story online. The most rewarding part has been helping to inspire and motivate others. I never in my wildest dreams imagined I could not only help myself but others as well. It makes me think that all the years of pain as a bigger person will have been worth it if I’m able to now inspire or help others. I just wish I could respond to all the messages.”
“I did initially because I was discouraged and was looking for support. Instead, I got so much feedback that I was supporting and encouraging others by sharing my story, that I kept posting. I’ve been the top story on Reddit several times, I’ve had posts hit over 100k upvotes, and have been contacted by various media outlets to share my story with others as a result. The oddest part to me has been that over 99% of feedback has been positive. Which in the age of internet trolls, is phenomenal.”
#10 Getting love and support from people.
“I get messages from people telling me how much they’ve lost. I try to get my message out there so people know it’s doable without surgery, steroids, extreme eating, or hours of exercise daily. I give free advice to others and to date have helped friends and internet strangers lose over 1000 pounds.”
#11 Advice for the world: “If we can do this, anyone can.”
“Stop looking at it as though you are needing to lose all the weight at once. Do one day. Then just keep repeating that one day. ”
#12 Be patient during your weightloss journey.
“Initially we messed up big time, as I’m sure a lot of people did. Stress eating and completely falling off the wagon was a daily thing for a couple of months. Luckily, we snapped out of it and got back to work. We both gained 20 lbs and have since been on track. I lost 10 lbs in May whereas Rebecca has lost every pound and then some more.”
#13 This is how the Internet responded over the couple's powerful transformation