Transformation of the Day: CeCe lost 82 pounds. Despite dealing with high blood pressure and polycystic ovary syndrome, she was determined to change her lifestyle and lose the pounds. She shared with us about the actions she took.
Over the past few years, I decided that I wanted to make a lifestyle change. It seemed as though every year started the same. I’d make a plan to change my eating habits and lose weight. Unfortunately, after a few weeks, I’d slowly digress (bread and white potatoes are my favorite).
During a visit to the doctor, it was discovered that I had high blood pressure. I was to immediately begin taking two medications. I was only 27 years old and had to take medication to have a better quality of life. That’s when I decided to start making small changes in my life. I took advantage of the resources provided through the my job such as course on; “Weighing on Wellness”, “Fitting Fitness into Your Busy Life”, and “Women and Stress”.
Eating Habits: I am definitely a potato and bread type of lady. I love potatoes and would eat them everyday. As well as muffins, toast and Hawaiian rolls. I took a 6 week nutrition class through my job. I learned about simple and complex carbs and how my favs just turned into sugar. Somehow, it just clicked in my mind and I decided that I was not going to eat like that anymore. After losing the first 30 pounds, I decided to use a program I found online. The program’s nutritionist helped me improve my eating habits by monitoring my food. I was introduced to oatmeal, which I’m still not a fan of but it gets the job done. I now eat more green vegetables, vegetables in general, fruits, fiber, brown rice and healthy snacks. I have bread once a week and it’s always whole wheat!
My slogan is… I HATE THE GYM. For exercise, I started by walking 30 minutes a day, 7 days a week. My coworker then volunteered to meet me at the gym and do routines she’d learned from her personal trainer. My fiancé realized that I was serious and added me to his gym plan. I took advantage of the Zumba and hip hop dance classes twice a week. Later, I hired a personal trainer and he advised me of the machines to help perfect my body type, “triangle”. I used the arc trainer for one hour a day for six days a week. I also continued to attend Zumba weekly and walked during my hour lunch break. The DietBets have also been helping me a lot.
My highest weight was 272 pounds and that was three years ago. I maintained around 260 lbs for a while. I’m now down to 190 pounds and working toward 150-160 pounds. My height is 5’3″.
Some weeks are better than others, but I continue to push. Small changes helped transform my body and lead me to the path of a healthy and active lifestyle. I still have weight to lose to achieve my fitness goal. I’m staying motivated and never turning back! Why would I ever stop at 82 pounds down! It’s so embarrassing, but it’s a reality that us live in. No amount of waist training or “get fit scams” will permanently work for a goal that takes a mental change to achieve.
To those wanting to lose weight: It’s not an easy task but it’s doable. Even with my issue of PCOS! I never thought I’d be able to accomplish my weight loss. I cried, pouted, cursed myself and got mad at the world about my own mistakes. However, I prayed my way through it. Your health is the most important thing. Sometimes you’ll have to be your own cheerleader and that’s okay. Believe in yourself and do the things you thought were impossible!