Update: Shout out to Breanna. She has continued to make lots of progress since June. @b_vonschweetz
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I vividly remember taking the photo on the left. I was a little over a month into my journey. It was the beginning of October 2018 and I signed up for a Dietbet for my 27th birthday. They needed a picture for “proof” of my current weight. I set up the tri-pod in the bathroom and snapped this oh so flattering picture. Fast-forward a year later to The picture on the right taken a week ago on my 28th birthday. Although there’s an obvious change in the composition of my body, my mindset is the biggest change that you don’t see between these 2 pics. This past year has been an emotional rollercoaster, and although the challenges we face don’t stop, finding healthy ways to deal with it is what has brought me this far. Unlearning healthy behavior and creating new healthy habits has prevented me from gaining all my weight back plus some. I’m not at my goal weight but that’s ok. This journey is lifelong and I am in no rush. Slow and steady wins the race! #weightlossjourney #balancedbybree #balancedlifestyle #lifestychanges #holistichealthcoach #healthyhabits #blackgirllosingweight #singlemomlife #smallbusinessowner #holisticnutritionist #weightlosstransformation #facetofacefriday #custommealplans #beforeandafterweightloss #balanceiskey #wellnessjourney #fitmomlife #dayinthelife #blackwomenworkouttoo
Transformation of the Day: Breanna lost 43 pounds. Emotional binge eating derailed her weight loss efforts in the past, but after giving birth to her daughter, she found her motivation. She eats a plant-based diet centered around whole foods and jumps rope for exercise.
What was your motivation? What inspired you when you wanted to give up?
I tried losing weight plenty of times in the past by working out and trying every diet known to man. Emotional binge eating always got the best of me. It wasn’t until I had my daughter last year that I finally got the motivation that I needed to change my life around.
How did you change your eating habits?
I stopped dieting and started eating. I was eating a vegan diet prior, but it consisted of a lot of vegan junk foods. So, I adopted a whole food, plant-based diet. 90% fruits, veggies, beans, minimally processed foods, etc. 10% of my diet was the other stuff I enjoyed (like vegan cookies and ice cream) Moderation is key!
What did your workout routine consist of?
Jumping rope! I jumped about 5 days a week. I create a different goal every day and just go for it!
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
Starting weight: 271 pounds
Current weight: 228 pounds
Goal weight: 190 pounds
What is your height?
I am 5’7″
When did you start your journey? How long did your transformation take?
I began my journey in September 2018. I’m 8 months in, and I am still on my journey.
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
We sabotage our own success! Don’t talk yourself out of a workout. Just do it! Don’t give yourself a reason to start tomorrow. Give yourself a reason to start today!
What advice do you have for people who want to lose weight?
Find your Why. That will help you stay disciplined when your motivation runs out.
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Let’s discuss BACK FAT aka The BRA BULGE 😖😖!!!!…….actually let’s not. 😂😂😂 just know I’m trying y’all. ⠀ This is one of the HARDEST areas for me to lose fat in. 😤😤 ⠀ Time to start incorporating more upper body based workouts into my routine! ⠀ (My daughter forever trying to be seen 😂😂) . . . #weightlosstransformation #weightlossjourney #veganweightloss #sahm #plantbased #postpartum #blackwomenworkout #womenwholift #fitness #fitnessjourney #fitfam #fitnessjourney #inspireothers #fintessmotivation #getfit #dreambig #postpartumweightloss #newmom #homeworkouts #weightlossmotivation #fitnessblogger #fitmomlife #bodypositive #fitmom #holistichealthcoach #thefitlife #sweateveryday #strongnotskinny #momswholift