Transformation of the Day: Ayecia lost 65 pounds. After she got out of a mentally and physically abusive relationship, she used food to soothe her depression. After seeing how she looked in vacation photos, she decided to change her life with healthy food and fitness. Now, she is a powerlifter who has won 4 competitions. Check out her story.
What was your motivation?
I’d just gotten out of a mentally and physically abusive relationship of 5 years. I found out that the last 5 years of my life had literally been a lie. In the relationship, I was force fed… meaning if I didn’t eat the fattening food he cooked 24/7 I was going to suffer! So, I ate, and I ate. After the breakup, I continued to eat because I was in a state of depression. Eating was all I knew to do. One day, after a trip to Miami with friends, I looked at the pictures from the trip and saw how big I’d gotten. I was horrified and decided to make a change.
How did you change your eating habits?
I’d been a junk food junkie ever since I was a kid and it was starting to show. I cut out all junk food, sodas, and bread. I also stopped eating a lot of soul food and fried food because of all the heavy grease. I started doing intermittent fasting at first. Then, I switched to Keto 6 months in. I also went Pescatarian for about 8 months.
Tell us about your workout routine.
At the beginning of my journey, I started out with two-a-day workouts, 7 days a week. As the weight started to come off, I dialed it back to just 5 days a week, once a day. I was the cardio queen! My favorite exercise machines were the elliptical machine and the Stairmaster. I also tried other forms of cardio, like running and HIIT because I plateaued so many times and needed to shock my body. Once I dropped the weight, I wanted to try a different form of fitness, so I became a powerlifter. I’ve been lifting for the last year. I have competed and won 4 meets so far!
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 250 pounds, and my current weight is 185 pounds standing at 5’5.
How long did your transformation take?
It took me 2 years to complete this journey, but it was all worth it!
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
The biggest lesson I have learned throughout this journey is to trust the process! Even on the days when I didn’t see any results, I had to trust that my hard work was going to pay off, and it did in a major way.
What advice would you like to share with other women who want to lose weight?
Trust the process! These days, everyone wants results right now, but we all know that this is not the way to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Enjoy the journey, learn your body, and do your
research. When those results start rolling in, enjoy them because you worked your butt off for them!
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Transformation Tuesday! This picture shows my physical and mental transformation over the last 2yrs! I made the decision to change my diet and my way of thinking. Once I did, my life changed for the better! #changeisgood #determination #baldbeauty #beautyandabeast #consistencyiskey #yougottafightforyourlife