Update: Shout out to Alize! She lost 22 more pounds.
I’ve now lost another 22 pounds bringing my total weight loss to 62 pounds (4 stones 6.6lb). I wasn’t brave enough to share transformation without clothes on before, but now there is real progress. I also want to encourage someone.
Transformation of the Day: Alize lost 40 pounds/18kg. Several factors motivated her to change, including a family history of diabetes and her profession as a nurse. Calorie counting, flexible dieting, and consistently working out is a winning combination for her. Check out her story.
What was your motivation? What inspired you to keep going when you wanted to give up?
It was a combination of things, including my old photos, a family history of diabetes, being in the health field as a nurse, the struggle to do regular tasks and my unhappiness with my self-image. I also found motivation in other peoples before and after photos. When I want to give up, I think about how proud I’ll be and how much healthier I’ll be when I reach my goal.
How did you change your eating habits?
I incorporate all foods into my diet to make it sustainable because I’ve tried so many programs in the past that haven’t had lasting results. I keep track of my intake through My Fitness Pal to ensure I’m in a caloric deficit. Calorie counting and flexible dieting (80:20) has been the game changer for me.
In the past, my diet consisted of a lot of fast food, cookies, and four times the required portion for rice and pasta. I drank soft drinks/fizzy drinks, and ciders were my alcohol downfall.
Now I use portion control and plan meals ahead in My Fitness Pal to make sure I’m on track. I’m eating a lot more whole foods and less processed meat. I practice intermittent fasting (eating for 8 hours between 1400 and 2200/2pm-10pm). I also drink much more water and limit my alcohol and fast food intake. Currently, I am concentrating on my protein intake.
What did your workout routine consist of?
I started with a six-week fitness program that also taught me about
nutrition. On the program, I worked out 3 times a week in a fitness studio with support from amazing coaches. Now I work out at least 3 times a week, but usually 5 times a week, at home, outdoor or gym. I do cardio for a warm up and concentrate on strength training for my gym sessions. Sometimes I just dance!
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
Starting weight: 20 st 8 lb (130.63kg/ 288lb)
Current weight: 17 st 10.2 lb (112.49kg / 248lb)
Goal weight: The journey continues
What is your height?
5 ft, 6.5 inches
When did you start your journey? How long did your transformation take?
I feel like I’ve been struggling with my weight for over 20 years and
trying different programs for the longest. However, I started my journey on March 4, 2019, when I weighed in the heaviest I’ve seen (20 st 8 lbs). It has taken me 14 weeks to lose 39 pounds. I still have a long way to go. My weight loss journey is not even half complete, but I’m dedicated to making this an everlasting success!
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?
I haven’t had any weight loss surgery. All diet and exercise and most
importantly mind change!
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
You need to be ready to embark on the journey, mentally and physically. I’ve also learned that you must trust the process 100%. Don’t compare your journey to others unless it motivates you!!
What advice do you have for others who want to lose weight?
If you fall 100 times, get up 101 times. NEVER GIVE UP. They say that your victory is one decision away, but it’s actually several decisions away. Be ready for the hard work but also prepare yourself for the happy, healthier you!
My Instagram, @alize_thickness_nutrition is dedicated to my weight loss journey. I set it up for accountability as well as to encourage people who are in my situation to join me. It’s not professional or perfect, but it’s accountability regardless! The losses, the gains, and the struggles.