Update 2019: Shout out to Ashley! 122 pounds gone. She has maintained her success and continues to help people achieve their goals.
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Happy Sunday ! Rule #1 never miss a Monday workout! Go beast mode and push hard through every rep and every set. Lift heavy today! Why not increase 10 more lbs? Hit the cardio hard and make sure it’s high intensity! Find someone who matches your drive and workout with them! #fitfam #fitnessislife #blackfitness #blackgirlmagic #girlswholiftheavy #summertimeshine #cleaneating #weightlossjourney #weightlossmotivation #weightlosstransformation #weightloss
Transformation of the Day: Ashley lost 120 pounds. She was going through a terrible break up when she decided to release the weight and change her mindset. This Alpha Kappa Alpha soror transformed her body with healthy eating and exercise. Help from a trainer and her accountablity partner also made a difference. Check out her story.
I began my weight loss journey because I was going through a terrible breakup. I had low self esteem and I needed something to focus on other than being sad all day. My sadness was starting to affect my school work and I was in law school at the time I began, so failure was not an option.
Just to have some support, I went to my sister and told her that I wanted to begin working out. She said she would do it with me. For the first two months, I worked out every day sometimes twice a day and she pushed me when I wanted to give up. Then, I met my trainer, Zavis Padget (@zavis1 on Instagram) and he sat down with me to create a plan based on what I wanted to achieve. I told him that I wanted to lose 120 pounds total.
I began working out with him 3 times a week. He told me that to see results I would have to change my eating habits. I cut out fried foods, sodas, juice, sugar and all bad carbs. I eventually cut out liquor all together as well. I took in around 1500 calories a day, in terms of my eating habits.
I burned about 2000 calories a day. My trainer put me on a high intensity workout plan. We would doing things like box jumps, burpees, and CrossFit style exercises, as opposed to long distance running, so that I was gaining muscle while losing weight. He also encouraged me to get a heart monitor to track calories burned in every session. I worked out in the mornings on my own and in the evenings with him. I worked out 6 days a week and on 3 of those days I worked out twice a day.
When I first began my fitness journey, I was eating one solid meal a day which consisted of some type of chicken and vegetable with rice. For breakfast and lunch, I had a green smoothie with kale. In between, I would snack on fruit or greek yogurt. After loosing about 50 pounds, I switched to two solid meals and a green smoothie for breakfast. After 75 lbs lost, I switched to three meals a day and for breakfast I eat oatmeal turkey bacon and eggs. Two hours later, I’ll have a snack and two hours after that I eat lunch, which is usually ground turkey spinach and brown rice. Then, I have one more snack and dinner is usually chicken and vegetables. I like to eat before I go to the gym at night. Sometimes instead of a meal I have a protein shake if I’m not that hungry.
I started at 270 pounds and today I am a healthy 150 pounds! My height is 5′,6.5″. I workout once a day now and have cut out extensive cardio, as I am focusing on building muscle now! I still eat clean as well. My transformation took just 8 months! Today, it’s been one year since I began. I can happily say I had no surgery, took no pills, and used no wraps! All hard work !
My advice to others would be to stay off the scale! Find a trainer who is willing to stick through the process with you, and find an accountability partner to keep you on the straight and narrow!
#transformationtuesday I still look back at where I started and I’m in shock at how far I’ve come ! The pic on the left was where I first started and on the right is me now! No I haven’t had an surgery tho at some point I will have to to remove the excess skin. This is all hard work for over a year now. Some days I feel like I’m not doing enough or I’m not where I want to be but I have to remember that the body I want takes time. It’s not about the end result it’s about the everyday journey . You will have slip ups…you will fall off for a few days , but it’s all about how you get back up and push forward. This journey is life changing and I honestly wouldn’t change a thing about it . My advice to you is to stay patient, throw out the scale, and eat clean every single day. Plan your meals and you will get the change you want ! . . . . . #transformationtuesday #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #train #trainandtransform #blackfitness #blackgirlsrock #blackgirlmagic #eatcleantraindirty #girlsrock #liftheavy #bodygoals #fitnessmotivation