Transformation of the Day: Brittney lost 86 pounds. For years, she spent her time focused on people pleasing and let her needs fall by the wayside. Inspired by her father’s weight loss success, she took action by focusing on nutrition and fitness. Check out her story.
I’m 29 years old and I’m from Atlanta, Georgia. My weight skyrocketed to its highest point, topping at 250 pounds around the end of 2016. I’ve always been the, “I want everyone else to be happy” type, but I never found time to allow myself to be happy within. I’ve worried my whole life about pleasing others. That tendency I allowed me to slip into the cracks, and my weight kept going up more and more.
About three years ago, I saw my dad, who is a diabetic, lose around 50 pounds. I was inspired by the way he looked and felt. Even on days when his knees hurt, he would still walk around our neighborhood because he knew he needed to get his weight down. That changed everything for me.
It took me a while, but in November 2016 I got 100% serious about my health and began seeing a nutritionist at my local hospital. She taught me about healthier food options and how to look at food labels and food ingredients. It changed the way I looked at food. I’ve completely stopped eating greasy fast food, high starch foods, sweets and junk food. I replaced them with grilled and baked proteins, green vegetables and fruits.
Working out is part of my daily routine now. I workout with a personal trainer 3 times a week. I do Zumba twice a week and take spin classes. The stair master is my best friend!
My starting weight in November 2016 was 250 pounds. My current weight is 164 pounds. I’m 5’4″.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is when you start putting yourself first, everything else will fall into place. My advice to other who want to lose weight is to never stop. Forward is forward. Focus on progress not perfection.