Transformation of the Day: Clarissa lost 48 pounds. After high school, she stopped exercising, formed bad eating habits, and found herself in a toxic environment. Feeling like she lost herself, she found the motivation to take action and change her life. Check out her story.
What was your motivation? What inspired you to keep going, even during the tough times?
My journey started in high school when I weighed 147 pounds. After graduating, I stopped exercising, formed unhealthy eating habits, and found myself in a toxic environment. I truly lost myself. I realized that when I looked back at my old pictures, and at that point, I was motivated to change
Having an image of the body I wanted is what kept me going. I kept the visual in my head and reminded myself that if I am persistent change will happen for me.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 215 pounds, and my current weight is 167 pounds.
How did you change your eating habits?
I changed my eating habits initially by completely cutting out fast food. I focused on healthy proteins, like chicken, ground turkey, and fish. I also included green vegetables in my diet and stopped eating processed carbs.
How often did you workout? What was your workout routine?
I worked out 5-6 times a week. My workout routine consisted of HIIT (high-intensity interval training) on the treadmill for 30 to 35 mins. I followed that up with HIIT circuit training to burn additional fat and calories.
When did you start your journey?
I started my journey in 2015. (Weight loss surgery wasn’t part of my journey.)
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that you have to switch your routine. There will be a time you’ll hit a plateau, and you have to adjust your diet and gym plan.
What advice would you like to share with people who want to release the weight?
My advice is to be patient. It’s not a race, but a journey with ups and downs. Be committed to your goal if you want to see it through.
Also, use a calorie counter to determine how many calories you should be eating a day, and track your meals. Don’t under eat because that will not help you lose weight. Have a cheat day once a week where you eat one of your favorite foods in moderation. “Treat yo self.”