1. Go walking: “I think that walking is completely underrated. I didn’t believe that just walking would do anything for me — I have completely walked nearly 300 pounds off my body.”
2. Don’t give up: “The biggest thing for me is I never gave up. It didn’t matter if I plateaued or if the scale told me something I didn’t want to see, I started and I didn’t stop.”
3. Compare and despair: “Don’t compare your journey to someone else’s journey. With social media, you look at people and then feel how badly you want to be where they are but you are your own competition.”
Exercise routine: “To start, I would do 10-minute walks,” Wright said, “and if that meant that I walked six times to hit 4,000 steps in a day, I did it.” As she could do more, she increased in increments of 500 steps and now walks twice daily for a total of 10,000 steps.
Biggest challenge: “Pregnancy — I didn’t have faith that I would get back to where I was,” Wright said. The same efforts that helped her lose it the first time worked again.
Jaci’s top tips:
1. Metabolic rate: “Learn about your metabolic rate. Google the TDEE calculator (https://tdeecalculator.net/) to find a basic starting point for your personal caloric intake.”
2. The scale: “Learn that the scale is only one point of data.”
3. Track your food: “I use the Fitbit app, but there are lots out there, including MyFitnessPal and Lose It!”
How her life has changed: “I look back and it’s crazy to think I carried over 400 pounds and barely lived life. Especially when it comes to getting on a plane ... being able to ride rides or even walk,” Wright said. “... I was wearing size 32 jeans, and I’m currently wearing size 12. My rheumatoid arthritis isn’t as awful. ... My A1C was 5.3 the last time. ... No matter how much my mom or friends told me they were worried, it didn’t matter — the decision to change had to come from me.” In October, she has her first round of skin removal surgery scheduled. “It’s really hard to see the hard work I’ve put in, my body is covered with large amounts of excess skin,” Wright said. She has set up a GoFundMe account (https://gofund.me/10db7dc7). “I am really proud of Big Jaci — she was strong enough to start this journey,” she said.
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