Update Dec 2020: Caprisha is still going strong and working to keep the pounds off, despite the pandemic’s affect on her workout routine. Check out her update.
The pandemic started, and the gyms closed in Jersey. This has affected how I am maintaining my fitness goals. I’ve had to improvise as well as manage my eating regimes. Let me tell you that this has not been an easy task, to say the least.
After this whole Covid thing started, I put on about ten pounds. At that point, I knew it was time to get a hold of things before that ten turned to twenty, etc.
I built my metabolism by staying active. I walked around my neighborhood and at the track once it opened back up. I drink a gallon of water a day, and I’m meal prepping. I also purchased dumbbells to do daily exercise routines at home. It’s not the gym, but hey, something is better than doing nothing.
In 2017, I started at 220 pounds. Now, I weigh 168 pounds, and I’m still going strong. This healthy lifestyle ain’t no joke, but it’s definitely worth it️.
I always get the questions, “How did you keep your curves” and “How did you keep your butt.” What some may not realize is that in the before photo, I wore a size 16-18 (and sometimes size 20) in jeans. I also wore size XL and XXL.
When I say my butt was HUGE, that’s an understatement. Jeans were completely uncomfortable, and I mostly opted to wear stretch pants.
I did tons of cardio and strength training to aid me in getting to my now size 6, and, depending on the fit, size 8-10 – sm/med. Now, my clothes fit comfortably, and wearing jeans is no longer an inconvenience.
So, the answer is No, I did NOT keep the same size butt. Not in the least.
You can’t always judge your weight loss with another. We are all different, and we are shaped differently. Therefore, our results will be different. @_pripri_
Transformation of the Day: Caprisha lost 53 pounds. At the beginning of this year, she made a commitment to exercise and eat right. Over the course of 9 months, she’s gone from a size 16-18 to a size 8 and created a new, healthier way of life. Check out her story.
January 2017 is when I decided to start leading a healthier lifestyle by exercising and eating right. One day I woke up and decided that I needed to make a change. I weighed over 200 pounds (216 lbs. to be exact). I wore a size 16-18 and was at the heaviest weight I’d ever been.
I started out doing cardio. I walked at the track for 2-3 miles a day and ran the bleachers. I also joined a local gym where I started to strength train on the days I wasn’t at the track. I did this for 9 months and lost a total of 50 pounds while gaining muscle.
I also changed my eating habits as well. I eliminated soda, juice, beef and pork. I started to drink water 24/7. My meals included boneless chicken, salmon (baked of course) and turkey. When I wanted a snack, I would eat low calorie crackers, grapes, apples, oranges and plums.
The hardest part about losing weight is keeping up the momentum. Some days, I didn’t feel like going. I literally had to push myself and remind myself of my goals. I had to remind myself that the only way to get there was to train.
9 months later, it is October 2017. Now, I weigh 163 pounds and I wear a size 8. However, I’m still not done! Once you engage in a healthier lifestyle, it becomes a way of life and you become addicted to being completely healthy. Although I’ve reached my goal weight, I continue going to the gym 5 days a week to maintain my healthy lifestyle.
The advice that I would give to someone trying to lose weight is, set personal goals every week and stay away from the scale in the beginning, because the scale will only deter you. Focus on yourself and your own progress. Never compare yourself to another’s progress. Remember, YOU ARE YOUR OWN COMPETITION! Also, it’s ok to have a cheat day, one day out of the week, if you want to treat yourself for all your hard work. Always stay positive and believe you can do it. It starts with you.
Update July 2018:
Throwing it back to January 2017 when I weighed 220 pounds. I couldn’t walk up any stairs without being out of breath. I felt sluggish, had no energy, and I used to eat fast food on the regular. Now, July 2018, I can literally say I worked my A** off. From walking in the freezing cold when it was 20 degrees outside at the track, to continuously working out… even when I don’t wanna go. I started out doing cardio and then incorporated strength training into my fitness routine. I stopped the fast food and substituted it for healthy meals and weekly meal prep. Now, I’m at a healthy 163 pounds and I feel great. It feels good to work at something and finally achieve your goal!! My new motto is (NO RISK NO REWARD). One day at a time and never give up.
April 2018: Caprisha has released 60 pounds and she feels great. She reached her goal weight and now she is focused on strength training instead of cardio. Check out how she created her new, healthy lifestyle.
I started my journey in January of 2017 and I weighed in at 220 pounds. Now, a year and 3 months later, I weigh 160 pounds and I’m maintaining my fitness goals. I’m the smallest I’ve been in years and it feels great. I’m now working on strength training opposed to cardio (as I’ve done in the past). I’m at my goal weight today, so I’m now working on just staying solid and getting stronger.
The advice that I have is stay focused and stay positive. You will have days where you slip and have a cheat meal, or a snack that you would’ve normally have. That’s ok. It’s not the end of the world. I learned that I can eat certain types of snacks and foods, just in moderation and NOT all the time. Sometimes you have to treat yourself for all your hard work.
Update Feb 2019: Shout out to Caprisha. She lost more than 50 pounds and kept her curves. In January, she celebrated the 2 year anniversary of starting her journey. Check out her story.
It’s officially been two years since I started my fitness journey. When I started in January 2017, I didn’t start off thinking I was going to lose a ton of weight. My main focus was getting healthy and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I had pretty bad asthma and couldn’t walk up a flight of stairs without becoming completely winded and out of breath. My weight had gotten to 220 pounds, the most I’ve ever weighed. I knew it was time to make a change. I started walking at the track and going to the gym to strength train five days a week. I also changed my eating habits. I replaced fast foods by prepping healthy meals (like salmon or chicken pan seared with veggies).
Fast forward to today: I’ve lost 55 pounds. My asthma is now under control, and I’m living a healthy, enjoyable life. Sure, I slip up. I’m human, and that’s normal. Some days, I chose to eat that extra cookie. Some days, I skip out on the gym. We all need a break… just don’t get too caught up. Remember, every day is a new day.