Transformation of the Day: Anassa lost 40 pounds. Depression, the stress of being a college senior and being in a bad relationship led to weight gain. She moved away from home and began to take steps to fall back in love with herself. That led to healthier habits and shedding the pounds.
What inspired you to keep going and not give up on your transformation?
What inspired me to keep going and not give up was when I got on the scale I didn’t see it read 240 pounds anymore. I didn’t feel heavy. I didn’t huff and puff when I walked up the stairs or just up the block. I looked and felt healthy, and I began falling in love with myself all over again. I was use to being fit, because I played volleyball and ran track in school. However, college took me on an emotional rollercoaster. I was going through so much, both mentally and physically, and fighting depression. After graduating and getting rid of a bad relationship and stress, I began to focus on me. I moved away from home (North Carolina) and moved to New York City where my transformation all began.
Once I moved to NYC, I didn’t have a job lined up like I thought I did. For about two to three months, I was without a job. When I say God is good, I know it’s the truth. I was still able to travel, work out regularly and focus on Anassa. July rolled around and I finally got a job.
How did you change your eating habits?
Honestly, I didn’t change my eating habits at first. I just started going to the gym. It wasn’t until about a month or two into my journey that I started focusing on my eating habits. I eliminated a lot of greasy food, and turned more to air fried foods, which is much healthier and gives you that crispy taste without the extra grease. I cut back on sodas and bread and ate lots of fruits and veggies. I didn’t follow a program or diet, I just used discipline. It gets tough, but I push myself because I can stray away. I had realize that one cheat meal from time to time doesn’t hurt.
What did your workout routine look like?
Basically, I do cardio and full body routines with weights. I increase the weight of the dumbbells with each set. I hate cardio, but I push myself to at least do 10 minutes of it per session. I love working on my legs and glutes, but recently I have been working more on core and arms. My workouts consist of these exercises: squats, pushups, side bends, deadlifts, leg press, calf raises, jumping jacks, squat jumps, leg raises, crunches, etc. In the beginning, I worked out 6 days a week, and now I work out 3-5 days a week.
What is your current weight?
I started my journey on May 16, 2016 Over the course of a year, I lost 40 pounds and I now weigh 200 pounds. I’m 6 feet tall.
What advice do you have for others who want to lose weight?
Don’t give up, no matter how hard it gets. Sometimes we have our lazy days, but don’t allow those days to linger around for too long, because your goal will get further and further away from you. Keep moving forward. If you feel like you need motivation, look in the mirror and tell yourself, “I can do it.”