For this woman, losing half her weight meant shifting this one mindset
Posted July 24
Updated July 25
One woman is inspiring the world after she went from a size 24 to a size 2.
Christine Carter’s weight loss secret? Her mindset.
Carter decided she needed to change the way she thought about food and take away its power over her. As she shared on Instagram:
I used to live for the next meal. Like…literally eating lunch I was thinking about what I would eat for dinner. I have learned to enjoy NEW things about food. I’ve learned to love cooking and am finding new ways everyday to make low sugar/carb meals that taste great but don’t keep me from my goals.
Carter says instead of relying on food, she plays the piano and exercises to feel good.
“Cause I learned the hard way that while bad food feels good now…it doesn’t make you feel good in the end,” she posted.
Progress is the goal-not perfection. There were many times along the road I felt defeated and wanted to give up. I felt like I would never reach my goals. But the thing about time is: it's going to pass anyway. As long as you continue to pursue your goals and dreams…you will continue to move towards them. Keep your eye on the prize and never give up on YOU.
Carter’s Instagram page, weightlosshero, has 192,000 followers who get inspiration from her transformation photos, motivational videos and the details she shares about her journey.
She explained that it all started with stress, which drove her to smoke two packs of cigarettes each day.
Then, when she quit, she found herself turning to food and dealing with binge eating disorder.
“Eating my feelings seemed to be the only way to cope. I was in need of a breakthrough,” she said.
Weight Loss Began With Surgery
Carter certainly found her breakthrough.
After undergoing a gastric sleeve procedure, she lost 150 pounds in about 1.5 years. After she lost her initial 60 pounds, Carter started gaining back the weight.
Once she changed her mindset, she says she stopped eating junk food and started working with a personal trainer-and she never missed a workout.
The Moment Of Change
She told TODAY that she realized she needed to get healthy in July 2014.
She was attending a family reunion when her uncle walked right by her-he didn’t recognize her because she was so heavy.
At the time, she says she was 275 pounds and felt like she had hit “rock bottom.”
“Portion control was my problem, I would eat three times the amount of food I should,” Carter told TODAY. “I was on 10 medications and was constantly in the doctor’s office. I felt horrible - I could barely move or go up a flight of stairs, and I was only 26!”
Since her gastric sleeve procedure, Carter has had a surgery to remove excess skin and a breast lift/implant.
From a medical perspective, she’s now taking zero medications instead of 10, and she has conquered her depression.
They say it always seems impossible until it's done. They aren't lying. 10 pounds felt like a mountain to move-but 175? It couldn't be done. But it started with one step. You must make one unequivocal decision that you refuse to accept less than the absolute best for your life. You are not obligated to be who you were before…and you can make that one choice to change your life…for the rest of your life. What is stopping you from taking your first step?
Still, she continues to have pride of the stretch marks that remain.
Carter tells people worried about stretch marks that losing the weight is absolutely worth it.
"Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels" is bullshit. I can promise you in both of these pictures chocolate chip cookies tasted exactly the same. The difference was how I have taught myself to THINK about food. I used to live for the next meal. Like…literally eating lunch I was thinking about what I would eat for dinner. I have learned to enjoy NEW things about food. I've learned to love cooking and am finding new ways everyday to make low sugar/carb meals that taste great but don't keep me from my goals. I've learned to stop EATING my feelings and find new outlets for them. Mine are playing piano and working out (even though I hate working out…it clears me mind.) . Today I challenge you to take up new ways to blow off stress. New ways to feel good. Cause I learned the hard way that while bad food feels good now…it doesn't make you feel good in the end. Happy Friday!
“DON’T be afraid of loose skin!! Or stretch marks. Or scars. Our scars are what makes us beautiful and terribly unique,” she writes.
The number one question she gets? How to start getting healthy and stay motivated.
“My tip? Write down how you will FEEL when you reach your goal,” she says. “How will your life be different? And every time you feel like eating bad or not working out-physically pull at your list and ask yourself…is it worth the risk to not have the kind of life you want?”
Self-sabotage is a bitch. It really is. It is as defeating as it is self destructive. Here you are doing so great: exercising, eating right, and then—(insert bad choice here). Mine is chips and queso. What I've learned is that the key is not to master being perfect. The key lies in how you recover from setbacks. You have to learn to forgive yourself and get right back on track: EVERY. DAMN. TIME. If you fell off track this week-it's okay! Love yourself and get right back on your journey to greatness. Love you guys so much!