Transformation of the Day: Annie lost 50 pounds. After she moved from California to Texas, the large portions of delicious food led to weight gain. Her wakeup call came when she viewed her graduation party/proposal video. She learned how to be disciplined and consistent when it came to releasing the weight. Check out her story.
I relocated to Houston, TX from California. During the 6 years I’ve been here, I gained about 80 pounds due to the abundance of delicious foods and large portion sizes. I weighed about 165 pounds when I moved here. Before I knew it, I weighed 245-250 pounds. I’m tall at 5’10”, so it honestly took a while for me to feel the weight gain. I got a wake up call watching my proposal video from my graduation party. I couldn’t believe the size of my stomach and my face.
I have always been active but I did not realize how sedentary my life had become. I worked out occasionally, but I always drank alcohol and ate whatever I wanted. I thought that I could bounce back, like I used to when I was thinner. I knew I had to take a different approach this time, because I never had to work hard to lose weight before.
I had to get my mind together to make sure I didn’t backslide. There were times when I binge ate gummi bears (my kryptonite) and drank alcohol, but overall I just ate veggies and lean protein. I cut out carbs, limited my alcohol intake and kept my eating habits simple. I got a great jumpstart from doing JJ Smith’s Green Smoothie Cleanse for 10 days.
The main reasons for my success was CONSISTENCY and drinking water. I drank almost a gallon a day. At first, it felt like I wasn’t making any progress but I kept pushing through. My clothes started to fit better and better, until they got too big.
I worked out about 5 times a week. I love the stair master and interval running on the treadmill. I also did 3 days of strength training from a 12 week custom workout plan I had. The 12 week workout plan was from Fit Affinity. I downloaded it to my phone and it was like having a personal trainer in my pocket. It came with a calendar and I was able to track my progress.
I currently weigh 200 pounds. I have started working on getting down to 180 lbs. and maintaining that weight to the best of my abilities. It took me about 4-5 months (From Mid-December 2015 to April 2016) to lose the initial 50 pounds.
My advice to women would be to be consistent and disciplined. The majority of the time, you will not feel like working out or eating right. The feeling of being able to wear what you want makes the sacrifice worth it. I also recommend drinking as much water as possible. I try to drink a gallon a day and I can immediately tell when I don’t drink enough water.