Transformation of the Day: Brandi lost 70 pounds, going from a size 22 to a size 14. Severe back, joint pain, breathing issues and constant illness let her know that she needed to change her life. Her 30th birthday was months away, so she decided to change her eating and exercise habits to get fit by thirty. Check out how she took action.
What was your motivation?
I was suffering from severe back and joint pain due to the amount of weight I was carrying on my short frame. I was constantly sick and had issues breathing while doing the smallest of tasks. Just months away from being 30 years old, I decided to make a change. I’ve lost 70 pounds so far! My ultimate goal is to lose 30 more by summer, for a total of 100 lbs.
How did you change your eating habits?
I eat small meals 5-6 times per day and only drink water (…and the occasional glass of wine). I’ve completely eliminated bread and sugary drinks from my diet. I stay away from things with more than 8 grams of sugar. Drinking nearly 100 ounces of water and at least one protein shake each day is also part of my routine.
What did your workout routines look like?
I take body pump classes three times per week, and have 45 minute cardio sessions (boxing and circuit combo) once per week. My husband is a big factor in my weight loss. He encourages me and sacrifices his sleep every morning to be my gym partner,
This time last year, at my heaviest weight, I wore a size 22. I currently wear sizes 14 and 16. My height is 5’4″.
How long did your transformation take?
I got serious about my weight loss in July 2016. My 30th birthday was in December, and at that point I’d lost 40 pounds.
What advice do you have for other people who want to lose weight?
Losing weight is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do. It is an emotional roller coaster. With that being said, it’s worth the ride. Once I decided that I wanted to take care of the body God blessed me with, I took the steps and made the changes that I needed to make. I’m healthier, stronger and enjoying life so much more. My advice: Remind yourself why you’re doing it, stay focused and keep pushing. Try new foods, find substitutes for the foods you love (that aren’t as healthy) and embrace the transformation.