Weight loss stories are typically dressed up with words of wisdom and happy thoughts of how shedding those extra pounds made that individual feel. They are meant to motivate, inspire and send a message of hope and health to anyone looking to slim down. But there's another side of weight loss that you don't typically read in magazines, and it's not as positive as one would imagine.
Erika Schnure, 29 years old and a Chicago native, was well aware that she needed to lose weight, and after coming to terms that she could very well end up like her diabetic mother, she decided to take the necessary steps to lead a healthier life. "I saw how much she was struggling," says Schnure, "and I didn't want to go through that as well." In November of 2011, 5'6'' Schnure decided to begin transforming her then 230-pound frame, losing about 50 pounds by choosing to cook at home more often than ordering Five Guys or Chipotle. And when she finally hit a plateau, she began to incorporate exercise as well, even taking part in a 5-K turkey trot. "I liked the runner's high that I got," she explained. "I liked the competition and challenging myself to constantly do better."
By April 2013, Schnure weighed in at 140 pounds, a weight she continues to maintain. And while you'd assume this is where the story ends, dropping 90 pounds didn't actually make her feel happy, but rather brought on a bout of depression that to this day, she is still dealing with.
Schnure opened up to Women's Health about the struggles she has faced due to her weight loss, saying, "There's a part to weight loss that people don't tell you about: It's that you aren't going to look like a supermodel afterward. You may have skin issues that you wouldn't really think about."
She also discussed the stress maintaining her new weight gave her. "I stressed over maintaining my weight. Around [the time I reached my goal weight], I was training for a half-marathon. But I freaked out every time I gained a little bit of weight—which happened because I was eating too much for what I was training for. There's a delicate balance there that you have to figure out."
And though she has these anxieties, she finds reminders that keep her strong in her new lifestyle, like remembering how she felt when she was at her heaviest. "I was so unhappy and uncomfortable [in my body]. I didn't get out much; mainly just stayed inside. I wasn't living my life. Last year, my mom and I took a vacation to Hawaii. I was climbing all over the volcanic rocks, which I would not have been able to do before because I'd get tired or not be able to lift my legs as high [to climb]."
Have you ever lost weight and felt even more depressed?