Weight Loss Transformation: Alisha lost 105 pounds. Back in 2011, she started her journey, and now this young lady has transformed her body and her life with healthy eating and lots of exercise. Despite her busy schedule, she has found the time and the means to create a new lifestyle. Check out what she shared with us.
At 19, I weighed my heaviest at 285 pounds. I am now 24 years old, I weigh 180 pounds and the pounds keep dropping. My height is 5’4″. I started this journey around 2011. I just recently found some older pictures of me, which was good because I had deleted all of the ones I had. My friend kept these old ones and when I saw them, I lost my breath. I just hadn’t realized how far I had made it. I remembered that at one point in time I was the one telling myself that it was impossible.
Motivation: I would have to say that my motivation was a combination of things. I was unhappy and wanted to love my life. I knew that wasn’t possible if I couldn’t even love the body I was in. I wanted to love me, all of me. I would say more than anything, I was inspired by the compliments I received once I began losing the weight. People see the changes on you far before you even realize them.
Eating Habits: Really, the only change I made to my eating habits was eating less. I was working multiple jobs when I started this journey, so less time meant less meals. Since then, I have adapted to healthier eating habits and am currently enjoying “meatless” meat. YES, meatless meat. I’m wanting to become a vegetarian, so I’ve added plant-based “meats” to my diet. I enjoy fruits and natural foods, though I still enjoy fast foods but that’s slowing with the transition to vegetarianism.
Exercise: My workouts consisted of mainly walking due to my jobs. I was constantly climbing steps rather than taking the elevators and carrying equipment rather than using dollies or other devices. I now like to make my workouts fun. If it makes me sweat, it’s working. I love playing Dance Dance Revolution and I enjoy doing cardio at the gym.
My Advice for Others: I would tell others wanting to make this change that they can do it. I know the things that go through their heads and that it is VERY possible. They should be patient with themselves. Know that you’re going to get there.
Now, I am attempting to organize a local group to help others begin their journey. Even when life gets me down, I’m still happier now than I can ever remember being back then. I love me so much more than I ever thought I could and that love just keeps growing and reflecting through my life. Thank you so much, because I see the other beautiful women you post and read about their journeys. It has only helped to remind me that I can continue this and reach the me that I know is there!