Transformation of the Day: Chrystal lost several clothing sizes. Depression and anxiety led to comfort eating and weight gain. Muay Thai fighting has become one of her passions and a crucial part of her fitness journey.
My journey starts with deep depression and anxiety, which led me to eat food for comfort. My body and health began to decline because of my habits and not dealing with an issue that I ignored. Six years ago, I stepped into a Wing Chun (martial arts) studio to learn how to fight (not just defend myself). This decision has blossomed into me switching and doing Muay Thai, but my weight was still a factor.
During the pandemic, I wanted to work on my weight to come back and be more of an agile fighter. I thought, “Perhaps I can be fit enough to compete and fight Muay Thai fighters that are my age.” Since then, I have taken my passion for fitness and have been on Instagram documenting my journey and sharing my routines. This is the result of me putting in work and remembering that love for myself.
How did you change your eating habits?
I really didn’t change my eating habits. My only vice is chips, so I allowed myself a bag a week. Also, I started a garden as well. Growing organic foods helped a lot in my eating.
I did not have a plan. I just started working out. And since I was in martial arts, starting wasn’t a problem. The problem was consistency.
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What did your workout routine consist of?
When you’re training in Muay Thai, it is another form of boxing with kicks which consist of sparring and calisthenics. I also train with light weights, and right now, I do HIIT.
How often did you work out?
I work out four times a week.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
I think I weighed about 298 pounds when I started. I am tall, so it looked different; however, I waddled. I haven’t checked my weight because I understand that muscle is more dense than fat, and getting on the scale to me is torture, so I avoid it. However, I can tell I lost weight in pictures and how my clothes feel on me.
What is your height?
When did you start your journey? How long did your transformation take?
I started in May 2020. My transformation took time, but I was dedicated to being consistent. I allowed myself to take my time and not look for instantaneous weight loss.
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
Never give up on yourself. You only have one life, so what are you going to do with it? You can sit there and let doubt and fear fester in you, or you can give yourself a chance. You’re worth it.
What advice would you like to share with women who want to lose weight?
Be ok with the slow process. Allow yourself time to commit to change, it will not be easy, but you have to trust yourself. And trust the commitment.