Today’s Weight Loss Success Story: Christa has lost 48 pounds since January 2014. After fighting the pounds since childhood, she made the choice to stop dieting and start her journey to a lasting lifestyle change. Here is what she shared with us…
I’m 21 years old and I’ve struggled with my weight since I hit puberty. However, on New Years 2014 I decided no more diets! I needed a lifestyle change. Since Jan 2014 until today (Sept 24th 2014), I’ve lost 48 pounds.
I started this journey lifestyle change journey on January 1, 2014. I think my biggest motivation to lose weight was when my looser fitting clothes became my tight fitting clothes, so much so that I could not fit them anymore. I also just got tired of the way my body looked without clothes.
I think my inspiration came from my progress. When I saw my endurance go up it made me want to push even harder. I started my journey less then a month after I visited Ghana, Africa for three months. While there, I was in a way forced into a more healthy way of eating that included more vegetables and fruits. I wasn’t a big fan of the native food, lol. I will say the 6 main foods that get me thru are Bananas, Spinach, Oatmeal, Greek yogurt, Cliff bars and Fish. I also went cold turkey and just stopped eating everything that I knew was bad for me. No fast food, for example. I meal prep, use my creativity and I’m the new Chef in my house. Lol! I also did not give myself a cheat day until I completed one month of healthy eating.
As far as my workout routine, in the beginning I made it my duty to do at least 15 minutes twice a day 4 days a week of any form of exercising NON STOP. Then later, I increased the intensity and length of time I worked out as my body gained more endurance. My starting weight was 245 lbs and I am now 197 lbs (I am 5’6″). My advice would be to know that the longer you procrastinate delays the closer you would’ve been to your goal.