Transformation of the Day: Brittney lost 80 pounds. Over the years, she came to believe that weight loss wasn’t unachievable. In 2019, this mother of two decided to go from a couch potato to someone who truly enjoys working out. She reduced her intake of high-calorie foods and exercised 5 to 6 days a week.
I was heavy during my entire adult life. I always felt beautiful, but I was self-conscious about my weight. One day, after seven years of marriage and two children, I weighed myself and said. “It’s time for a change. I know I can do this!” In one year, I was down 80lbs by reducing my calorie intake and exercising 5 to 6 days a week. I went from being a couch potato to looking forward to working out! This journey has made me feel strong and powerful. I’m never looking back!
What was your motivation? What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up?
My motivation was my kids, my husband, and myself! I was inspired to keep pushing because when I set a goal, I have to achieve it. I never really gave much effort to losing weight before. This time, I knew the time was right.
How did you change your eating habits?
I reduced my calorie intake and stopped drinking soda and juice. I only drink water. I also tried to stay away from high-calorie foods.
What did your workout routine consist of?
When I began my journey, I only walked on the treadmill for 45 minutes to an hour 5 to 6 days a week. Now I can run for 30 minutes straight! I’m very proud of that because I was a very athletic child. I played softball and basketball.
I’ve added weight lifting to my routine now. When I want to change things up, I use videos from Popsugar Fitness on YouTube. They have a lot of great workouts.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
Starting weight: 250 pounds, size 18
Current weight: 170 pounds, size 10
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When did you start your journey?
I started my journey in August 2019. After about a year, I lost a total of 80 lbs. I’ve had setbacks, but I never gave up. I have kept the weight off. Now I’m in the process of trying to lose 15 more pounds, gain muscle, and tone up.
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?
I did not have weight loss surgery. My journey was natural.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned so far is weight loss is achievable! I never really saw myself being smaller. I almost felt like it was unachievable for me. That could be why I never really tried. I would tell myself there is no way I could count calories and deny myself anything, lol. I would wonder how people could only eat half of a donut, lol. Then I became that person!
I have cheat days, but I have definitely changed from drinking milkshakes with no regrets, lol. I understand that being healthy is more pleasurable than eating high-calorie foods!
What advice would you like to share with women who want to lose weight?
Stay consistent! and don’t give up! If you don’t work out one day, do it the next day. If you don’t eat right one day, do better the next day! It can be done. Weight loss is achievable!
I got a lot of questions about my journey and what I did to lose weight. Women have told me that I inspire them. I want to be an inspiration to other women, especially black women, so I recently started my inspirational fitness IG page: @brittney.jab_c_fitness
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