Shout out to Alley! She’s lost 120 pounds.
Transformation of the Day: Alley lost 115 pounds. She shared with us how she released the weight. This busy mom from Mississippi never thought she would go from a size 22 to a size 11/12. During her journey, she transformed her eating habits and made exercise a regular part of her day.
Hello, my name is Alley Berry and I wanted to share my Weight Loss Journey. I’ve lost 115 pounds naturally since March of 2016. I am a 29 year old working mom living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
My weight loss journey started with a weigh-in of 292 pounds at 5’5″. I lost 100 pounds naturally over the course of 12 months. I made small changes to my diet and increased my almost non-existent activity level. This alone made all the difference.
I had never really tried to lose weight before. I was comfortable being the cute big girl and thought I was meant to be plus size, because that’s how I’ve always been. I always thought it would be nice to lose a few pounds, but never in a million years did I dream that I would lose as much weight as I did!
People ask me all the time, “What made you want to lose so much weight?“. There honestly isn’t just one answer to that question. I was going through an emotional break up at the time… and come on ladies, we all want that “Revenge Body“. I was also tired of being fat, hot, sweaty, and making miracles just to put a cute outfit together. I wanted something new and different for myself… something better. I started with the goal of losing 25 pounds and ended up dropping 40 pounds within the first 2 months!
I cut out rice, pasta, bread and fast food. I started cooking my own food at home and bringing my lunch to work every day. I walked around the parking lot on my lunch breaks and started walking around the neighborhood for exercise as well. Not only did I start saving money, but I started feeling better and had more energy than I’ve ever had. I was never really big on soda, but I had to have juice. I cut out juice and drank only water. Everyday, I try to get as close to a gallon as I can.
I’ve really become addicted to my healthy lifestyle and I am enjoying the many perks of weight loss. Shopping for clothes is a whole new experience. Lately, it’s been my inspiration to keep going. I buy goal jeans that are too small and work my way into them. Sometimes, the scale will refuse to move but those inches are still shedding, Ladies. I was wearing a size 22 when I first started and I am currently wearing a size 11/12. I haven’t been a size 11/12 since I was about 10 or 11 years old!
I’m now able to walk up flights of stairs without gasping for breath and I don’t sweat all the time because I’m just plain old hot. My biggest accomplishment is that my energy level is through the roof, which allows me to keep up with my overly active son. I honestly have never felt better.
If I were to give any advice to someone just starting out, it would be start and don’t stop! Consistency is key! You can slip, you can fall, but get up every single time. Meal prepping is going to be the absolutely most important part of the journey! Healthy eating is everything and it was 100% the reason for my success.
I also recommend getting some type of physical activity in every single day, even if it’s just a walk around the neighborhood. You want to be as mobile as possible. Don’t depend on a gym partner to meet you at the gym or the walking track. Do it for yourself, even if you have to do it by yourself! Every step counts! Take the stairs instead of the escalator. Get a jump rope. Park farther from the door instead of circling around the parking lot for 10 minutes looking for a closer spot.
Remember there are no quick fixes to losing weight and keeping it off. It’s a lifestyle. It takes minor adjustments to get used to it in the beginning, but the physical and mental rewards is worth the effort.