Mandie Wood has come a long way in just a couple of years. She was struggling with her weight, but after speaking to a nutritionist, Wood turned her life around. And now her story is inspiring others in a similar position.
In 2015 Wood was severely overweight. Not only was she tipping the weighing scales at 375 pounds, but she was also wearing size 28 clothes. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the excess bulk that she was carrying was having a negative impact on various aspects of her life.
The main issue for Wood was that she felt exhausted a lot of the time. “I was just tired of being tired,” she told the website Popsugar. But there was more to it than that. “I don’t think a lot of people realize is the larger you are, the more invisible you are to others,” Wood continued.
Unsurprisingly, Wood got sick of constantly feeling tired and invisible, and so in the autumn of 2015, she took her first steps towards changing her life for the better. Wood saw a family doctor who suggested she visit a nutritionist for specialist help.
Wood followed the doctor’s advice and met with a nutritionist, who had some solid advice for her. The food and diet expert identified three particular areas that Wood should consider working on in order to start shedding the pounds.
First of all, the nutritionist offered to help Wood with her portion sizing. In addition to that, she was given tips for how to reduce her calorie consumption. And thirdly, the nutritionist gave Wood more help with sticking to a healthier diet.
Wood took on all of the nutritionist’s advice and began her incredible weight loss journey. With an ambitious target of 200 pounds to shed, she started off by identifying smaller goals to reach along the way. And with the help of a phone app, Wood soon started seeing results.
With admirable determination, Wood tracked every meal she ate with the app, and she also began to pay attention to macros. Forty percent of her daily calorie intake came from protein, 35 percent from carbohydrates and 25 percent came from fat. This meant that junk food was out of the question.
Instead, she enjoyed a well balanced and healthy diet. Breakfast would usually consist of eggs or oats for slow-releasing energy. And whenever she felt peckish Wood wouldn’t reach for the snack cupboard. Rather, she’d have a protein shake or yogurt and fruit.
Meanwhile, when it came to lunch and dinner, Wood treated herself to low-carb dishes, such as chicken caesar salad, or a simple piece of fish with vegetables. And sure enough, it didn’t take long for the weight to start dropping off.
To begin with, Wood concentrated on her food intake and didn’t hit the gym very hard. She felt too self-conscious to work out in front of other people as she felt that other people were “judging her.” So she held off on the exercise until she was a little more confident.
Once she had lost more than 60 pounds, though, Wood decided to give the gym another go. She felt she had more energy to give than before, and so she was ready to throw herself into an exercise regime. But Wood didn’t go it alone.
In order to help her learn how to exercise effectively, Wood hired a personal trainer, something she described as “a great investment.” Primarily the trainer made sure that Wood was carrying out her exercises safely, but she also gave her client confidence to keep coming to the gym.
“Now going to the gym is one of my favorite times of the week,” Wood told Popsugar. “I love pushing myself to try new things and heavier weights!” And after two years of eating right and working out, these days Wood is totally transformed.
Indeed, by the time she reached 37 years old, Wood had shed a whopping 150 pounds. Speaking to Popsugar, she described how much better she felt about herself. “Seeing the size on my clothing regularly dropping to sizes I haven’t seen since I was kid [has] been so amazing,” she said.
What’s more, she sometimes doesn’t even recognize the smaller clothes coming out of the washing machine as her own. But she hasn’t totally restricted herself throughout her weight loss journey. “I will go out for drinks with friends or have a grilled cheese for lunch if that’s what I want to do, but I won’t do it every day,” she said.
Wood has an Instagram account where she documents her progress. She regularly posts comparison photographs of herself before and after she began to lose weight, alongside inspirational messages designed to encourage her followers to keep going with their own weight loss journeys.
“Be kind to yourself,” Wood reminded others who might be in a similar position to her. “No one is perfect. You will have days where you want to give up, where you get off track, or where you struggle – that’s normal! Just don’t give up,” she continued.
Wood described losing weight as “a personal journey” and encouraged others not to measure their own efforts against anyone else’s. “Every single person is different,” she said, “so you can’t expect that you can do the exact same things as someone else and get the exact same results.”
There’s no doubt that Wood’s transformation is an inspirational one. She shows no sign of slowing down either, with her Instagram account clearly indicating that she is keeping up the good work. “Just a girl, trying to get healthy one decision at a time,” she writes in her account description.