Transformation of the Day: Angie lost 59 pounds. She didn’t want her diabetes to become serious to the point of amputation or where she would have to depend on others to take care of her needs. Success has come in the form of an online fitness and nutrition program that has provided the guidance and accountability she needed to change her lifestyle. Check out her story and video.
Starting weight: 305 lbs
Current Weight: 246 lbs
Representing: Lawrenceville, GA
What was your motivation?
My motivation was my son and my husband. After going on a routine diabetes check in October 2015 and finding out my sugar levels were 247 and my A1C was 9.5, I knew I had to make a change if I wanted to be around for my family. I knew that if I didn’t stop what I was doing that I would end up becoming an amputee, become very ill or worse… lose my life. My son and my husband also sat me down and talked to me (“real talk”) and told me their concerns about the path I was heading down. It really bothered me to know that I was allowing my poor decisions, as far as my health was concerned, to effect them. I didn’t want to have to rely on them to take care of me because I chose not to take care of my health. I know they would do it with no problem, but it is not fair to them at all.
What inspired you to start your weight loss journey?
What inspired me to start the Fitness on Fire program was the transformations I saw on their website after finding out about it from a client’s story that I saw on Black Women Losing Weight. Once I saw the transformations, I was sold! It was that day that I reached out to the NutritionistGuru and started the process to get on the program. It was one of the best decisions I have EVER made and I would have done it sooner if I had it to do all over again!!!!
How did you change your eating habits?
With me being diabetic there are certain things that I should stay away from or limit. Those were the things I was craving. Things like: Pasta, potato chips, hamburgers, ramen noodles, candy and various types of desserts. When I started Fitness on Fire, I knew that I had to change my habits, not only to lower my blood sugar, but also to get the results I was looking for. So, I found different ways to still have the things I love, but in healthier versions. For example, instead of regular pasta, I eat zucchini noodles, whole wheat or quinoa pasta. Instead of having candy or sweets, I will have fruit and the 80 calorie Fiber One or Special K snacks.
When I started FOF, I stopped eating fast food which I was eating a lot of. I was eating a lot of pasta too, because it was easy to make and the quickest thing to make for lunch or dinner. I also was a late eater. I would be up eating a plate of spaghetti at 10pm at night which I knew wan’t good for me but it gave my body what it wanted instead of what it needed. Now I eat 5-6 meals a day and they are wholesome low-calories meals, but filling. I also started eating more fruits, vegetables and lean meats, like chicken, seafood, ground chicken and turkey. When I have a taste for a burger, I make black-bean burgers which are delicious!
What did your workouts consist of?
I had a personalize regimen that was given to me by my online fitness coach “King of the Fire” who is the online trainer for FOF. I did HIIT Training and resistance training mixed with cardio. Depending on how I’m feeling in the evening, I may do a second workout doing Zumba Incredible.
How long did your transformation take?
144 days (4.8 months).
Why did the “Fitness on Fire” Online Training Program work for you vs other programs you’ve tried before?
I feel the FOF program is working better than other programs I’ve tried because it holds you accountable. If you fail at this program it’s because you didn’t do what was required. I also was able to buy my own food and get help from a nutritionist to let me know what I needed to eat for success on this program, which I haven’t had with previous programs. NutritionistGuru and Fire really care about your progress and want you to succeed. They are always there when you have questions, or if you are hitting a roadblock and need advice on what to do.
What advice do you have for others who want to lose weight?
The advice I would give to someone wanting to lose weight is that first you need to make sure your mind is right. Understand that you are going to be changing the things you put in your body. You’ll also be pushing your body to do things you probably never thought were possible. It is not going to be easy. You get out what you put in and if you really want this you will do what it takes to make it happen. Look at all the reasons for why your doing it and let them be your motivation to keep going. Don’t let it be too late before you decide to make that change because its not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change. Once you get the weight off, you want to be able to maintain that weight and not gain it back. Start making healthy choices today. When you get to where you want to be, always put God first because with him all things are possible.