Transformation of the Day: Chrishaunta lost 45 pounds. Her motivation came from being in a toxic relationship and realizing that she was giving of herself to everyone else, but lacking in self love. She also faced PCOS and severe insulin resistance. Check out how took action to release the weight. What was your motivation? What inspired you when you wanted to give up?
My motivation for committing to being the best me possible stemmed from being in a toxic marriage. One day, I just realized I had drained myself of self-love and I was giving everything away. I left the relationship and I decided to commit to giving myself the unconditional love that was feeding into everyone else. I study the law of attraction and I know that I have the ability to create a life that I am in love with. I stay motivated when I want to give up by pouring self-love into my life. I celebrate each day I’m alive, I speak positively over myself and I realize that I am on a life long journey. I realize that for so long, when I tried to lose weight it always came from a negative place, I NEED to lose weight because I wasn’t good enough, or skinny enough or healthy enough. This time, I decided that I WANTED to lose weight because I love myself and I want to have a body that I am proud of.
How did you change your eating habits?
I have PCOS and I am EXTREMELY insulin resistant. While researching the best diet for PCOS, I came across the Ketogenic diet. I cut out most dairy products, breads, pasta, sugar fruit, starchy veggies, and all high carb foods. My body immediately started to see results, but at that time I was concentrating on being “good enough” and I had a hard time staying committed. After committing to my journey of self-love, I was able to make better choices, push through the cravings, and lose weight consistently. I eat tons of healthy fats like eggs, avocado, bacon, and coconut oil.
What did your workout routines look like?
I work out about 3 times a week. I like to lift weights and I’m trying to built a booty with glute exercises. When I go to the gym, I do 20 minutes of cardio and 3 supersets of weight lifting. I have a 5 day split: two cardio and core days, back and bicep, chest and triceps, and legs. When I can’t make it to the gym, I take long runs with my hyper active pitbull.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
The highest weight I recorded was 289 pounds. I was so scared to see 300 pounds on the scale that I stopped weighing myself. I can see in photos that I clearly reached closer if not at 300lbs. I currently weight 244 pounds at 5’6″. I haven’t had any weight loss surgery. If I have excess skin at any point of my weight loss journey I am open to skin removal and breast reconstruction.
How long did your transformation take?
I initially started the ketogenic diet in May 2016. I only committed for about 2 months. I restarted my journey in October 2016.
What advice do you have for others who want to lose weight?
My advice to anyone trying to lose weight is to commit to loving yourself and your journey BEFORE you commit to any diet or exercise program. It is completely up to you to create a life and a body that you are in love with and that can only come from a place of love. There is no way that you can create a body that you love while hating the body that you have. The diet and exercise components of weight loss will be there, but nothing will ever stick until you love yourself exactly as you are.