My name is Shasta, and I have been on my journey to weight loss for four years. At my highest weight, I weighed 250 pounds at 5’4 inches in height. Today I weigh 145 pounds. Total, I’ve love 105 pounds lost naturally.
I’ve always wanted to go to Miami, so in 2017 my husband and I planned a trip for our anniversary. I told my husband I wanted to be fine on South Beach and feel comfortable in my swimming suit. Three months before our trip, I started doing Keto and joined the gym. It was so hard, and I was ashamed that I had gained so much weight. I was embarrassed to work out in front of others, but I didn’t let that stop me. I kept going! I would go to the gym five days a week after work.
I lost more inches than weight with Keto and exercise. By the time I went to Miami, I had lost 15 pounds. I felt good, but I was upset because my body didn’t look how I wanted it to look. We went to Miami and enjoyed our anniversary. I told myself that when I come back, I will have reached my weight loss goal.
I kicked off my journey by doing the 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse by JJ Smith, and I lost a total of 15 pounds. I also did a lot of research about how to lose weight naturally. I ran across so many stories from people who talked about being in a calorie deficit and counting calories. I was so desperate to lose weight I set my daily calories at 1200 calories a day and continued with my workouts.
The hardest part of this process was eating right. I changed my eating habits tremendously and super quickly. By doing this, I developed a bad relationship with carbs. I thought carbs make you fat, and I shouldn’t have them. I started to see a change in my body because I was eating 1200 calories a day and doing lots of cardio workouts. I was losing weight and became obsessed with the scale. I would weigh myself in the morning and at night. If I saw a change in the scale, I would get upset with myself.
As I slowly lost weight, I increased my calories, and I began to eat a little more. I also started jogging outside in the evening, and that’s when I really began to see results.
I joined a different gym and began lifting weights because I wanted to gain muscle. I grew to love working out and honestly enjoyed it. I found myself still doing extreme workouts to shrink my stomach. I had to realize that I have loose skin, and it’s a part of the journey. I am scheduled to have skin removal surgery on July 26, 2021.
Through this whole journey, I learned that this is not a race. It’s a marathon. I also learned that you can never compare your journey to someone else’s. Everyone’s body is different. Do what works for you.
On February 2, 2021, I earned my personal training certificate. I want to help other people work towards their health goals and create the body they will love. I am learning along the way and maintaining a healthy weight.