Transformation of the Day: Chinelle lost 86 pounds. At 300+ pounds, she was dealing with chronic headaches, worsening PCOS symptoms and low self esteem. She felt like she was on the sidelines of life. Weight loss surgery, low carb meals and lots of exercise has become her perfect combination for taking her life back. Check out her story.
I have struggled with my weight my entire life, eventually finding myself weighing over 300 pounds. My PCOS symptoms were worsening and my self esteem was plummeting. I felt like I was sitting on the sidelines of life, but struggled to get the weight off on my own.
In June 2017 I had weight loss surgery (Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy) to help me get healthier. Using that tool, monitoring my carb intake and making exercise a priority has helped me to lose 86 pounds so far. I found a love for hiking and have gained so much more confidence! For the first time in a long time I truly believe in myself. I still have about 50 pounds that I’d like to lose, and I’m confident that with continued discipline I’ll get there!
How did you change your eating habits after surgery?
After surgery, I made a point to cut back on simple carbs. I feel best when I follow a lower carb diet. The carbs that I do eat tend to come from veggies, some fruit (like berries) and sometimes whole grain bread. I also do not drink soda and very rarely drink juice due to the high sugar content.
What did your workout routine look like?
I started participating in 5k races (alternating running and walking). When I am not doing an “official” 5k, I run/walk the equivalent of a 5k three times a week as a workout. I am working up to being able to run an entire 5k. I have also gained an enjoyment of the outdoors and like to go hiking as often as possible. I am also researching now to begin a proper weight training routine.
What was your starting weight?
I weighed 306 pounds at my highest weight and I currently weigh 220 pounds. My height is 5’3″.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
The biggest lesson I have learned during this process is the importance of making my health a priority, and how much that truly affects other areas of my life. I have learned that I am WORTH making myself a priority. I have gained so much more confidence and energy. Ailments that I was dealing with, such as chronic headaches, have been alleviated.
What advice do you have for people who want to lose weight?
My biggest advice would be to get any tools that you need to help you on your health journey. Whether it be a weight loss surgery, a counselor to get to the root of unhealthy relationships with food, a support group for overeating… anything! Do not feel ashamed to get any help that you need to become the best you.