My name is Ambur Inoj, and I’m originally from Norfolk, VA. I started my weight loss journey back in August of 2020 at 5’5″ and about 280 pounds. Since then, I’ve lost 78 pounds, placing me at about 202 pounds within six months! I did this all by just changing my diet.
What was your motivation?
I decided it was time for me to be happy after faking the funk for so long. I wanted to get back to the things I enjoyed the most, like going out with my friends, shopping, and dating. I got real with myself and admitted I wasn’t happy, and I wanted to make a change. I looked into getting gastric surgery but was too afraid of the side effects. Instead, I decided to pray over my journey this time and ask for guidance and strength to stay committed.
How did you change your eating habits?
I started by choosing three of my favorite foods to eliminate from my diet. My choices were milk, cereal, bread, and soda. I saw significant results doing this. Eventually, I switched to a fully Pescatarian diet by October! The best thing about my journey was that I achieved these amazing results and never purchased a gym membership. Now and then, I’d do a few squats, sit ups, or jumping jacks, but my main change was committing to healthy eating.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned throughout my journey is to change my relationship with food, not eliminate it.
What advice would you like to share with women who want to lose weight?
If I could give any advice to the next woman on her wellness journey, it would be to keep your eye on the prize. Also, always keep this saying in your head, ‘If you would’ve started when you first had the thought, you’d be seeing the results of all your work by now.’