Transformation of the Day: Chrystal lost more than 45 pounds. During the last 9 years, challenges and learning experiences. Through it all, food was her comfort. With her 50th birthday 2 years away, she made the decision to change her life so that she can walk into her 50th as fabulous and healthy as possible. Check out her story.
I am less than 2 years away from my 50th birthday. I decided that before I turn that magical big five zero, I want to be the best me, both inside and out.
From the age of 39 to my present age of 48, times have been trying but it’s also been a learning period. I went thru a divorce at 40, along with suddenly becoming a single mom with a 10 year old son. It wasn’t easy.
I worked over 45 miles away from home, so my son was a latch key child. I tried to keep my faith and prayed nightly. I am not going to lie, food became my comfort. I ate if I was happy or sad. It honestly made no difference. Finally, in or around late 2016 to early 2017, I became serious about getting fit and wanting to be fabulous for my 50th.
My starting weight was 265 pounds and I’m five feet tall. I have lost over 45 pounds and counting. My current dress size is a 14. I still have a ways to go, but I am proud of myself and I fast on my way to being fabulous for my 50th birthday.
I started doing cardio and joined a gym. I got a Apple Watch and a FitBit that a friend purchased for me. (In my mind, Apple was cheating me, lol.) I just signed up for the LoseIt weight loss app. I’ve also tried and used other apps, such as FitBit, SparkPeople and MyFitnessPal. To have a group of people to cheer you on and support you is a wonderful thing.
How did you change your eating habits?
I started using weight loss apps to track my food intake. I suggest logging what you eat. It makes you accountable. I try not to exceed 1400-1500 calories daily.
I cut back on bread and had it no more than 2 times per week . I love fruit and I’ve grown to love vegetables. Steamed broccoli with lemon is delicious. I’m also a fan of asparagus. I made my own salads with tomatoes, olives, cucumbers and a teaspoon of lite Italian dressing.
What did your workout routine look like? I work out least 4-5 times a week at the gym. I keep it light because I gain muscle quick, believe it or not. I do 30-45 minutes on the threadmill and do circuit training for another 30-45 minutes. I also love dance Dvds. I am a huge fan of the Dancing with the Stars exercise DVDs. Anything that involves cardio, dancing or Zumba works for me.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
We have to love ourselves as much as we love and care for everyone else… husband, children, parents, church, etc.
What advice do you have for women who want to lose weight?
Don’t give up and don’t get down on yourself. I struggle everyday to stay on track, but I tell myself that I can do it. If I have a bad day, I tell myself the next day, “This is a new day with another new beginning and a fresh start.”