Update: Chanice-Nykole’s lost 120 pounds. After losing 100 pounds, she was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism. Fatigue, joint pain, depression and weight gain could not stop her. She was successful in the past, so she knew how to lose the 20lbs she gained. She put in the work and got back on track with her healthy lifestyle. Check out her journey.
In May of 2016, I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism. Some of the symptoms were cold intolerance, fatigue, joint pain, hair loss and weight gain. Within the span of 1 year, I had gained 20 pounds, going from 230 lbs to 250+ lbs at 6’1.
My health was going further down hill. It seemed that no matter what I ate or how much I exercised, I couldn’t get the weight off. I became discouraged, and had many “I’m already fat so I might as well eat this.” moments. Those moments were followed by me thinking, “I shouldn’t have eaten that.” I was also dealing with depression and the stress of not having enough money to pay my bills. I even stopped working with clients for my Weight Loss & Nutrition business. It was all bad.
In January of 2018, I began keeping a journal. They say journaling helps with depression, so I decided, “Hey, Why not?”. I was kept track of what I ate and how I would feel. I started to see the pattern of how eating bad food affected my mood. One day in February, I decided that I was done feeling like that. I put forth an effort to actually do better.
I started drinking more water to cut down on bloating and fatigue. I cut out gluten and other allergens to help with the joint pain. I started working out more, but not killing myself. It was a struggle staying consistent, but I kept going until these habits stuck with me.
You see, I’ve been in this place before. When I started my weight loss journey in 2013 I weighed over 350 lbs. I knew the things I needed to do in order to get out of that place. I just didn’t have the energy or will to do them. However, I knew that if I did these things, it would work! I took it one week, one day, one meal at a time. Making healthier choices each time. Every decision you make either brings you closer or further away from your goal. I have many goals, and staying in that state of mind wasn’t going to help me reach them.
I created a meal plan for myself that was based on what I should eat for Hypothyroidism. I stayed away from carbs and sugar, and made my own detox juices that I drank daily. It was a constant struggle saying no to bad foods because I had been so used to saying “YOLO” on this foodcation I was on.
I did my best to do at least 30 minutes of movement everyday. Whether it was walking on my break at work or circuit training at home, I did something.
After being consistent with my eating, exercise and medication for 3 months straight, I finally dropped that extra 20 lbs of weight, totaling 120 pounds down from 350 when I first started in 2013. I am no longer depressed and full of anxiety. This was just a reminder that I am the
solution to my own problems. I knew I could do it, and I thank God for His help.
My advice to anyone trying to better their health, is to BE CONSISTENT! It’s not easy, but once you’ve made up in your mind that you’re no longer going to live your life depressed, tired and unhappy, you’ll make it happen.
I am back in business with Change Of Plans: Weight Loss & Nutrition, severing clients with customized meal plans, detoxes and gluten-free baked goods. I feel better than I have ever felt before, and I want everyone to feel the same way.