What was your motivation?
My motivation was that I wanted to live. When this pandemic began, I realized that people who struggle with obesity are at higher risk for severe complications with COVID. I immediately knew that I did not want to be in that category. I realize that we will all die eventually, but I was determined to see that COVID would not be my method of expiration.
In February 2020, I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and prescribed medication. I knew that I didn’t want to spend my life on medication, so I prepared myself mentally for a complete lifestyle change.
What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up?
I have wanted to give up numerous times. Prayer, faith, and the support of my family and friends kept me going in those moments when I felt like throwing in the towel. My desire to live and fulfill purpose also drives me to keep going in those moments.
How did you change your eating habits?
I completely stopped eating out. I didn’t eliminate any food groups from my diet. However, I did limit my calories and controlled my portion sizes. Specifically, I eat about 1500 calories per day. I watch my macros and try to keep them at 40% carbs, 30% fat, and 30% protein.
I also drink at least a gallon of water a day. I give myself a treat meal about once every two weeks or so. Early on, I tracked everything I ate using MyFitness Pal. Because I am a creature of habit and eat the same thing almost every day, I don’t track as much as usual. However, I do reckon it for accountability.
What did your workout routine consist of?
I am a walker. I walk approximately 5 miles per day/5 days a week. I walk on my treadmill or use one of Leslie Sansone’s Walk Away the Pounds workouts. I highly recommend these videos as they help with body composition. For example, I have noticed tremendous changes in my abdominal area, shoulders, and back. When I started walking in July, I was at a 19-20 minute mile pace. I am now down to a 12-minute mile and walked an 11-minute mile the other day.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 330.2. pounds, and my current weight is 274.4 pounds.
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When did you start your journey?
I started at the end of April 2020. However, I did not get serious until July 2020. My journey continues.
Is surgery part of your journey?
Surgery is not part of my weight loss journey. Maintaining a calorie deficit and exercising works best for me.
What is the biggest lesson you have learned you’ve learned so far?
I learned that weight loss is a matter of mind, body, soul, and spirit. If you are not mentally prepared to lose weight, you won’t.
What advice do you have for women who want to lose weight?
Take it one day at a time. Consistency is so important. Plan for plateaus and even the occasional weight gain, but don’t let it discourage you because it is part of your weight loss journey. Keep going.