By Rebecca Drew
MEET the weight loss woman who lost nearly four-stone by drinking a GALLON of water a day after she piled on three-stone of “happy weight” in just a year after meeting her husband-to-be.
Third grade teacher, Alyssa Lusk (27) from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA decided to lose weight after she struggled to go shopping without wanting to cry and avoided having her photograph taken. At her heaviest, Alyssa weighed 14st 4lbs and was a UK size 18.
Alyssa who is now a slim 10st 5lbs and a UK size 10 started her journey by tracking what she ate and drinking over 30 litres of water per week, which is double the recommended intake.
“I began dating my now husband, fell in love and gained happy weight,” Alyssa explained.
“I put on nearly three stone within a year, I was eating fast food all of the time and didn’t work out as much.
“I remember walking around the mall and wanting to cry because I was so unhappy with myself and that is when I decided to take action so I began walking again and watching what I ate.
“I got engaged shortly after losing about a stone-and-a-half so my upcoming wedding really motivated me even more and I continued to lose another ten-pounds before my wedding.
“In preparation for the wedding, I began training in the gym. I totally changed my lifestyle to lose my weight. I created healthier habits such as drinking nearly a gallon of water a day and committing to working out five to six days a week.”
Alyssa explained that the hardest thing about her weight loss journey was juggling it with social events but said that she ultimately had to make a decision between temptation and her end goals.
“The hardest part about my journey was blending it with everyday life and social events,” she explained.
“Sometimes people didn’t understand why I couldn’t participate in certain events because I didn’t want to be tempted by food.
“You just have to decide what is more important, cravings and temptations or your goals.
“I feel wonderful about myself now. Sure, I am still self-conscious about certain body parts and I have off days but who doesn’t, I am only human.
“People are shocked sometimes when they see me and see the progress that I have made. I am often asked for weight loss and fitness advice and I love it.
“My best advice for beginners is to make slight changes first, begin drinking water, start tracking calories and workout three to four days a week.
“Keep it simple so you don’t feel overwhelmed.”
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