Alize’s Thickness & NutritionAlize lost 82 pounds. 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.
What was your motivation? What inspired you when you wanted to give up?
A combination of…
- my old photos
- a family history of diabetes
- being in the health field (as a nurse)
- the struggle to do regular tasks
- motivation from other peoples before and after photos
- and the unhappiness of my self-image
All these things motivated me to make a change! When I want to give up, I think about how proud I will be and how much healthier I’ll be when I reach my goal.
How did you change your eating habits?
I incorporate all kinds of 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.
My diet before would consist of a lot of fast food, cookies, four times the required portion for rice and pasta, and soft drinks/fizzy drinks. Ciders were my alcohol downfall.
Now, I do portion control, and I’m focused on my protein intake. I eat a lot more whole foods and less processed meat. I practice intermittent fasting, with an 8-hour eating window (eating between 1400 and 2200 calories). I drink much more water and limit alcohol and fast food. I try to plan out my meals in My Fitness Pal to make sure I’m on track.
What did your workout routine look like? How often did you workout?
I started with a six-week fitness program that taught me about nutrition. On the program, I worked out three times a week in a fitness studio with support from fantastic coaches. Now I work out at least three times a week (but usually, five times a week), either at home, outdoors, or in the gym. I do cardio to warm up and concentrate on strength training during 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: 14 st 10.6 lb (93kg / 206lb)
Goal weight: The journey continues
What is your height?
5 ft, 6.5 inches
When did you start your journey?
I feel like I’ve been struggling with my weight for more than 20 years and trying various programs for the longest time. I started my journey on March 4th, 2019, when I weighed in at the heaviest I’ve seen (20 st 8 lbs).
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 you must 100% trust the process. Don’t compare your trip to other people’s 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 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!
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?
I haven’t had weight loss surgery. This journey has been all diet, exercise, and, most importantly, mind change!!