I am still at the beginning of my virtual reality weight loss story. But I have come far enough, that I would love to share my story and network with others in a similar spot.
I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. Even as a child, I was always the “chubby one”. In my adult life, I have attempted several weight loss routines and diets, and have yo-yoed more times than I would like to admit. And every single time I have struggled to be motivated, and have found that the results are minimal. Several factors commit to this, considering I struggle with both Lyme disease and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
However, when it boils down to it, I believe the main reason I have never been able to get down to a happy and healthy weight, is because when it comes to diet and exercise…I am terrible at commitment. I would be full steam ahead in the first week or two, but I always got to the point where I absolutely dreaded going to work out, I hated the feeling that everyone’s eyes were on me, the fat girl, when I went to the gym. And because I didn’t enjoy my workouts, it was easier and easier to just let the days go by without getting in my exercise goal for the day. That, paired with the fact that my joints were so bad from the Lyme disease, meant that most workouts made me extremely sore.
In March of 2016, my husband and I got married, and I began to put on the dreaded ‘marriage weight’. I had always hovered between 200 and 215 pounds before then, but before I knew it, I was up a pant size and afraid to step foot on a scale. At the end of 2018, I finally got up the nerve to see what I weighed, and was disappointed to see that I had put on over 30 pounds since our wedding day. The scale read 239.8, my highest weight ever, to date.
I resolved to myself that something was going to change. I was not going to let the scale hit 240, and I was going to work hard to get down to a happy and healthy weight. My husband and I had a trip to Europe planned for April of 2019, and I didn’t want my weight to hinder me. I wanted to be able to see and do as much as possible, because who knows if and when we would have another opportunity to go back? I knew I didn’t have much time, just 3 months, but I really wanted to at least be a little healthier by the time we left for our trip.
It just so happened that shortly after stepping on the scale, I found that Best Buy had PSVR on sale for Black Friday. I already had the necessary PS4, and had always thought virtual reality would be cool, so I went ahead and dropped the $250 on my new PSVR bundle.When I bought it, it wasn’t really with the intention of weight loss, but that purchase really changed my ability and desire to lose weight.
I quickly found that games like Beat Saber and Sparc really got me up and moving. They got my heart rate up, and I was sweating…this was a workout! I was working out and actually enjoying it. So, at the end of December 2018, I made it my resolve to make 2019 the start of my weight loss journey, aided by VR.
I started focusing on my virtual reality weight loss plan, and regularly burned 300-500 calories per day, just playing games! I did adjust my diet as well, starting to count calories. Soon, I started noticing that I was making actual progress. The number on the scale was going down, I felt better, and I didn’t ever dread a workout, because it was so much fun!
By the time we left for our trip, I was down 22 pounds! And even though my knees and back did bother me a few times on the trip, I was able to keep up and do everything we wanted to do.
When we got back home, I got back on my VR routine, and between the next 2 months, I lost another 7 pounds.
For a couple months I hovered right around 210 pounds, mostly due to some issues with my PCOS and a sprained ankle, but at the beginning of last month (September 2019) , I started going full force again.
In the last 3.5 weeks, I have lost another 6 pounds, and am currently (as of October 4th, 2019) weighing in at 204.6 pounds. I have always been reluctant to share my weight, but if my story can help anyone else, I’m all for it. I’m hoping this blog can help someone else who feels hopeless, like I always have with diet and exercise, and can help them explore possible alternatives to “normal” exercise routines.
I still have a long way to go, but I am so excited to be down 35.2 pounds in my weight loss journey so far, and I am very happy with my progress over the last 9 months, and excited to move forward. I’m finally back under the weight I was when I was married, and hope soon to be under 200 pounds for the first time in over 5 years.
I intend to keep going, eventually reaching my goal, and will keep updating my story as I go. I’m also excited to tell the stories of some of my friends and family who have joined me in this virtual reality weight loss journey, and share different VR workout game options and how effective I’ve found them to be. Thank you for reading!