April lost 13 pounds by counting macros and working out. She also used the power of prayer to overcome depression. However, the scale doesn’t tell the whole story because she achieved body recomposition: gaining lean muscle and losing body fat.
What was your motivation? What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up?
My motivation started like anyone else’s; I wanted to lose weight. When depression hit me, I found out how powerful prayer and fitness is. Working out not only changed my body, but it has strengthened my mind.
How did you change your eating habits?
I tried so many diets; Keto, low carb, etc. I learned that everyone’s body responds differently to certain diets. I found that counting my macros works best for my body type. I eat the right about of protein, carbs, and fats.
Are there any foods you’ve cut out or cut back on?
Sugary foods and high-fat foods are a no-go for me. However, I have my cheat days. High protein foods and healthy carbs are a major part of my diet.
What did your workout routine consist of? How often did you work out?
I started working out at home. I built up my strength by using my bodyweight for resistance. Then, I began weight training in the gym. I started out lifting small and worked my way up to heavier weight. I worked out five times a week.
Is weight/strength training still your go-to form of exercise?
Strength training is the main form of exercise I perform. I currently work out four times a week, splitting upper and lower body (with isolation abs and glutes workouts.)
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
I weighed 183 pounds of pure fat, no muscle. I now weigh 170 pounds.
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When did you start your journey? How long did your transformation take?
The keyword is “Journey”. I started my journey five years ago and had many setbacks. The key was not giving up on myself.
I started doing heavy weight training two years ago. That’s when my muscles began to shape my body.
Is weight loss surgery or skin removal surgery part of your journey?
No, I am happy with my size and the way I look. The results I got from working out are enough for me.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
I learned to build strength before doing heavy weight training. I’ve had several injuries that caused significant setbacks.
What advice would you like to share with women who want to lose weight?
Learn to love yourself at every stage on this journey. Even if you have to start over one hundred times, just don’t give up.