How YouTube Unexpectedly Helped 34-Year-Old Irvy Lose More Than 100 Pounds

Following her high school graduation, Irvy started a weight-loss regime that didn’t bring too great a result. However, all that changed when she started her own YouTube channel to record her journey.

Irvy, who gained around 310 pounds at one point in time, revealed that she managed to lose 135 pounds in the beginning. However, she gained most of it back in no time.

By the year 2015, she was frustrated with her weight. She started to feel that “every aspect of [her] life was falling apart.”

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I can’t freakin’ believe that this is my life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s time to share with you a truth only a select few people know. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The ones have undergone a REAL transformation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m not talking about people who lost some weight, or even a lot of weight…I’m talking about people who 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒊𝒓 𝒍𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒔. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Once you cross the finish line, I mean, really cross that line you’ll discover that you are not the same person any more. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There was a time when I use to say things like ‘Oh, but I’m still the same person…I just lost a lot of weight.’ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My oh my. Is that ever a warning sign! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Because the truth is, a transformation is by definition and I quote ‘𝐀 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐨𝐫 𝐝𝐫𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐜 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦 𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞.’ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I promise it won’t say ‘a minor improvement’ or ‘a little different’. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It means CHANGE. If you ever hear someone say ’but I’m the same person’ or bs like it run like hell. In weight loss, in relationships, in life. RUN. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Because the same old, same old, will get you THE SAME OLD. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The most extraordinary moment will be when you look back and realize that there is an old you and a new you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The old me was weak, a pushover, exhausted, depressed, a procrastinator, a lollygagger. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The new me is free. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Free of the cage I built around myself to cushion the blow of rejection, of pain and sadness. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Free of doubt, insecurity, and hopelessness. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Anyone who says ‘I’m the same person as I was before’ doesn’t get it. And that’s okay, everyone has their timing (and their comfort zones). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So, if you want to live in the comfort zone of the prison you’ve build for yourself - that’s a choice. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
But if you want to change your life, you need to ACT NOW. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Not tomorrow, not next Monday, or next week. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ NOW. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Because if the new me could send a message back in time to the old me, it would be to 𝗔𝗖𝗧 𝗡𝗢𝗪. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #weightlossmotivation #weightlosstransformation #fatlosstransformation

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As of way of motivating herself to stick to her weight-loss program, Irvy decided to start her YouTube channel and track her journey.

THINGS DIDN’T GO QUITE AS PLANNED

With the channel, she wanted nothing more than to keep herself accountable. However, the channel surprisingly had the opposite effect on her.

Rather than being uncomfortable about seeing herself in the videos, Irvy started to lose “all sense of insecurity” about her weight.

Irvy learned a lesson then. Her biggest motivation behind losing weight was society’s expectations of what the right weight is.

When she started speaking openly about her weight and body, those social expectations lost its power over her.

Eventually, she not only started gaining more pounds but also stopped uploading any more videos on her channel.

THE BIGGEST LESSON

That was when the biggest realization regarding weight-loss dawned on her.

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At the beginning of my journey I was so scared and almost hopeless. . It wasn’t like I was about to take on losing 10-15lbs, no - I had to lose over a 100 pounds. I knew this was going to take some time, and I dreaded it. And at first, I doubted I could do it. . I had tried so many times before. In fact, I had actually lost over 100lbs before and gained it all back plus more. This wasn’t my first rodeo. Even since then I had lost a few pounds here and there, but eventually I just ended up going back up to over 311lbs. . When I say I tried everything I mean I tried EVERYTHING. I tried sweating to oldies with Richard Simmons, I tried Body Flex with Greer Childers (this was literally trying to breathe your way to fat loss SO RIDICULOUS!!) I tried dangerous weight loss pills that were outlawed in North America in a desperate bid to lose the weight. I tried starving myself. I even tried the unthinkable. . Needless to say, none of that bs worked. It ALWAYS put me into a worse situation than before. . So when I FINALLY decided I was going to change my life once and for all - and DO IT THE RIGHT WAY…it was scary. . I know it may sound weird, but it was scary to take an approach that wasn’t extreme or self-destructive. I was so use to going from bad to worse ‘methods’ that treating myself with kindness and compassion was foreign to me. . But I DECIDED that it was time to finally do this THE RIGHT WAY. . I fully COMMITTED to the process regardless of the time it took or what it cost me in terms of effort. I was in it for the long haul. .
If you’ve been following me you know how I’ve done it and how long it took. . If you haven’t been along for the journey and this is your first time on my account - I’ve lost over 130lbs, all naturally. It took me just under two years, and if there’s one thing I have to say about this process… . 𝗜𝗧 𝗪𝗔𝗦 𝗪𝗢𝗥𝗧𝗛 𝗜𝗧.

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Following the epiphany, Irvy was more determined than ever. Her routine started becoming more disciplined and consistent.

She started going to the gym six days a week, where she focused on doing cardio as well as weight-lifting.

IT ALL WORKED OUT IN THE END

Irvy also worked on her diet. She began eating more of the lean foods including chicken, steak, veggies, and fruits, and reduced the consumption of sugar and fats.

Soon enough, she was automatically making healthier choices rather than forcing herself to stick to the weight-loss regime.

Irvy managed to lose over 118 pounds and is planning to lose 30 pounds more for the coming year. Her objective is to reach her dream weight of 160 pounds. 

Previously, a 30-year-old mom also showed a similar dramatic transformation after losing over 140 pounds in just three years and shared her journey on social media.

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