Transformation of the Day: Charita lost 96 pounds. Her motivation came from being tired of leg pain, foot pain and not having the energy to keep up with twin boys. She was also tired of saying that she would release the weight, but not actually doing it. By letting go of fast food, using My Fitness Pal and making exercise a priority, she has gotten results.
What was your motivation?
My motivation was myself. I was tired of saying that I was going to do lose weight and not doing it. I was tired of having leg and foot pain. I was also tired of not having the energy I needed to keep up with my twin sons.
How did you change your eating habits?
I changed my eating habits by not eating fast food. I no longer eat burgers and fries or go out for burritos and nachos. I don’t drink soda at all. I mainly drink water and have aloe vera from time to time. I count my calories Every Single Day, using My Fitness Pal. I know exactly how many calories I’m eating.
What did your exercise routine look like?
I go to the gym 4 days a week, every week. I don’t miss any days. I even plan things around going to the gym. If I have to do something on my gym day that will prevent me from going, I will move my gym day to make sure that I get my 4 days in. I spend 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours at the gym. I do 30 minutes on the treadmill and 23 minutes on the elliptical. The rest of my time is spent using machines, focusing on my legs, arms, back and abs. I do this every gym day, instead of having leg days, arm days, etc. I also use a Fitbit to track my steps and exercise.
Starting weight/Current weight
My starting weight was 318 pounds. I currently weigh 222 pounds.
When did you start your journey?
I started my journey on August 1, 2016, so that was about 9 months ago.
What advice would you share with somone who wants to lose weight?
The best advice I can give someone is to just do it. When you feel like you can’t, just tell yourself to do it. Stay consistent! Find things that motivate you to keep going, even if it’s just seeing the numbers on the scale go down, buying new outfits or even changing up your gym routine. Whatever it is, just keep going. In the end, it will be worth it. Nothing beats a failure but a try.