Weight Loss Transformation of the Day: Dazmine lost 50 pounds. This young lady has struggled with her weight since childhood. She faced fat shaming and being made fun of because of her weight from family and at school. She’s a proud mom who lost weight as a teen, but gained it back with the birth of her son. Now, she is sharing with us how she was able to release the pounds in a healthy way.
Hi, my name is Dazmine B. and I want to share my story with you. All my life I struggled with my weight. Even my mom would shame me about it. I can remember how hard my mom was on me about my appearance (as she is concerned about her body as well). I can remember how I felt being around girls smaller than me. I can remember how it felt to be overweight and feeling ashamed. I was made fun of terribly, inside my home and outside my home. It was embrassing, as a kid and fat jokes destroyed you. I always dreamed about finally getting the weight off.
When I was 16 years old, I started my weight loss journey. I got a job working at the senior center, during the summer, where they had exercise equipment. My starting weight was 185 pounds at the time, fluctuating between 185-190 lbs. I walked everywhere and I drank nothing but water. I strived for 64 oz of water a day. I exercised 5 times a week for hour or more.
Going back to school for my senior year, everyone was amazed by my progress, since these were the people who knew me my whole life. However, after graduating that year, I got pregnant. When I gave birth to my child, I weighed 180 lbs. So, I knew I had to lose it again.
The second time was different. I took my time and I didn’t pressure myself or stress about it. I like to watch my calories and the ingredients in the food I eat. Now, I only drink water. Also, I exercise at least 3- 5 times a week, for hour to hour an half a day. Weight training helps me shred weight and makes for a more toned look, rather just cardio.
I now weigh 135 pounds. I love myself, more than ever. It is hard to imagine at times that I’m no longer heavy. It is a blessing to have self-love and to reach a goal you felt would never happen, especially when you’ve grow up your entire childhood and some of your teen years obese. It is powerful to look in the mirror now. Those who have watched me grow and who’ve seen my transformation know exactly what I’m talking about. Weight loss is such a difficult task to accomplish. I did it twice, before the birth of my child and afterwards.
I know that my health is very important. You learn healthier habits on this journey. The gym has become a place of peace for me. Exercising is very essential and beneficial. Ever since I started my journey to a improving my physical appearance, I’ve educated myself more. Also, water has been my best friend.
My advice for others: I would say, “Don’t stress it and keep exercising”. A lot of people get wrapped in dieting and that stresses them out and discourages them. It can be done, just be patient and determined. Never give up! Trying is always the best effort.