Update 2016 – Sharonda wrote in to share that she’s lost 37 pounds more, for a total of 145 pounds gone in 2 years. Faith, commitment and consistency have been major factors in her success. Read her update and what she shared with us back in 2015.
Update: On this day 2 years ago, on a Monday morning before work, I remember waking up in so much pain. Pain in my knees, feet and legs. That was the day that changed my life. For some reason, I woke up before my alarm clock went off on that day, so I had all this spare time. I remember crying because my feet had been hurting so bad for the past few weeks, mainly my heels. Something told me “IT’S TIME”. I couldn’t do anything but cry, pray and ask God to hear my request. I asked God to grant me this prayer. I had been trying for years to lose weight but all for the wrong reasons; to look like others, to fit in, tired of being bullied, etc. All my life I was bullied and thought I would always be the fatter person, so I consumed my life around food. I prayed that God would deliver me from that sickness. When I finished my prayer, it was like my faith was restored and I immediately knew change was coming.
I got on the scale that day and the scale read 305 pounds (I’m 5’3″). Yes, 3…0…5 pounds! I was devastated. That day I said, “No more, no more of this sickness shall I hide behind.” No more constant eating, having no control of my sweet habits and just constantly doing things I shouldn’t. I started eating healthy. I didn’t have any cheat meals. I changed my lifestyle, habits, routine, etc.
After I got off work, I remember buying some workout clothes and getting excited about working out. Having done this with no personal trainer, no help, my first mile was very hard to complete. I walked only two laps around McClellan High School’s track, because that’s all I could handle. I was always the one to complain about not having time to workout or not wanting to mess my hair up. Now, I didn’t care. I forced myself to workout immediately after work everyday and I even worked out on my off days, which are weekends.
I gave up TV shows as well. See, making a lifestyle change is about COMPROMISE. You can’t do all the things you use to do and think things will change! Also, some try to lose weight for the wrong reasons and that’s why it doesn’t work. You have to do this for you.
8 months into my journey, I’d lost my first 100 lbs. I rewarded myself by going to my favorite breakfast place, “Red Door”. I had the Belgian waffle, lol. I didn’t have another cheat until months later. You see, I didn’t cheat on my meals and I didn’t diet. I cooked healthy meals, created a meal plan and created a workout plan that worked for me!
On this day, two years ago, I was a 28 years old, weighed 305 lbs and wore a size 24/22/3XL/42DDD/shoe 9. I was at risk for diabetes and high blood pressure. Today, two years later, I stand proudly at 30 yrs old, 5’2″ and 160 lbs (my Medical report says I shrunk a inch). I wear a size 8 small/medium/34B/shoe size 7 1/2. I DID THIS WITHOUT SUPPLEMENTS, diets, teas, surgery, wraps, a trainer or the gym. None of that was necessary for me. I’m proud to say, if I can do it, so can YOU!
April 2015 – Weight Loss Transformation of the Day: Sharonda lost 108 pounds, after years of unhappiness and bullying. She gives all glory to God for her lifestyle change and now wants to inspire and help others. Here is what she shared with us about her transformation:
This is my testimony of being a chubby fat child who was bullied all of her life, even into adulthood. God is so amazing to still have me here today and in good high spirits! It is through him that I live! It is his love for me that fuels my energy.
I was at my highest weight ever of 305 pounds on 6/30/14, and I cried none stop due to being unhappy about how I looked. Not understanding anything, even my faith was broken. See, when you ask God to restore your heart, give you a peace of mind and truly talk to him with an open heart/mind ; you understand his word more. God said in Proverbs 19:8, “Whoever gets sense loves his own soul; he who keeps understanding will discover good”. He said in 1 Timothy 4:12, “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity”. I used ALL the negatives as my motivation to venture off into this weight loss lifestyle change for the better and for a new way of life.
I didn’t/don’t let on anything man-made to enter my body to help me lose weight, just God-made love and energy! I practice healthy eating; no fast food, nothing but water, healthy meats, no pork , no fried foods. This is also about MYSELF pushing myself; Power walking, jogging, and weight training (all outside or in the city outside). Standing here at 197 pounds on 4/6/15, I realize that my calling is to help coach and motivate others, not only in the way I needed but also to get closer to CHRIST! I know your pains, I felt your heaviness…I’ve been there done that! I was once the bullied kid, now I’m a saved woman! My future plans are to lose about 27 more pounds.
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