Transformation of the Day: Crystal lost 41.9 pounds in 4 months. This strong mom had several wakeup calls, including not being able to fit on a ride at Six Flags. Sick and tired of being literally sick and tired, and seeing how illness and unhealthy habits affected her loved ones, she decided that it was time for a lifestlyle change. Check out how she got results.
Starting weight: 300.7lbs
Current weight: 258.8lbs
Total weight loss: 41.9lbs
Starting Dress Size: 26
Current Dress Size: 20
Representing: Landover, Maryland
What was your motivation?
I want to be around to grow old with my husband, and watch my children grow up, graduate from college, get married and have children of their own. The path I was on would have lead me to the grave really quickly.
I watched my uncle, who has been cancer free since 2010, eat better and work out all the time. I was also inspired by my mom who gets up every day to exercise even though she morns the loss of my brother. My thought is,“What is my excuse?” I come from true conquers and overcomers. I must and I will conquer this weight.
Another incident that I use as motivation is when I went to Six Flags and could not get on the ride with my son because my seatbelt wouldn’t fasten as I was too big for the ride. That was embarrassing and I cried. I made a promise to my son that next year we would go and get on a roller coaster together. I don’t make promises to my children that I do not keep.
What inspired you to start your weight loss journey?
I was sick and tired of being literally sick and tired. After having my oldest child 12 years ago, my weight skyrocketed. With every pregnancy that followed, I gained more weight. After my last child I was on the Depo shot for 4 months and gained 60 pounds. I went to a GYN appointment and the doctor stated that if I came back in to her office at the same weight during the next year she would talk to my primary care doctor to recommend gastric bypass surgery. She also stated that I was borderline diabetic.
Even after that visit I gained an additional 10 pounds. This was in September of 2016. I was determined to go back to my doctor and tell her where she could shove that gastric bypass surgery. Not knocking it, but I knew it wasn’t for me. Boy did her mouth drop when I went back this past September. Right before I started the Fitness on Fire Online Training my brother passed from Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura on 6/20/2017. It’s a rare blood disorder that he never knew he had because he never went to the doctor after he turned 18 years old. He didn’t take care of his health and was a workaholic. His passing was the wakeup call that I needed. My brother had just turned 32 on the 7th of June. I refuse to have my mom bury me due to weight or health issues that I can control. In addition to all of this, we have a family history of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and different forms of cancer. I’m determined that illness won’t be my lot in life. I shall live and not die.
How did you change your eating habits?
It was hard at first. Mostly mind over matter. I loved a good fried pork chop with onion gravy and white rice or string beans with ham hawks. I became educated through Fitness on Fire about what to eat and what to stay away from. Plus, the way my body felt after giving those foods up made it became easier to eat healthier. I stopped eating pork, beef, processed and fried foods. I started to eat more fresh veggies and fruits. I also don’t use processed sugar and have lessened my salt intake.
What did your workout routine consist of?
When I first started, I went to the gym and did HIIT and resistance training as part of the regimen given to me by my online trainer “King of the Fire”. I started working out for 60 minutes a day for 7 days a week. Now, I do 100 minuets a day, 5-6 times a week to maximize my results.
How long did your transformation take?
In March of this year, I weighed 314 pounds. When I started the Fitness on Fire program in July I weighed 300.7 pounds. From the start of my first workout on July 28th to now it is 4 months. I didn’t notice the changes at first. Yes, my clothes got smaller and others noticed, but it wasn’t until maybe last month when I received a side by side photo of when I first started the program and a more recent picture of me that I really noticed.
With the Fitness on Fire program, the difference is the accountability. I have to be accountable for what I eat and my workouts. This keeps me on track and motivated. Before, I would start a workout DVD for 2-3 days and quit. In the past, I would try to “eat right” and get bored because the food was bland and nasty. I’m a country girl at heart and I love to cook, so to me healthy food was rabbit food. Ive learned that’s not the case. You can eat healthy and it is still be delicious. Also, my nutritionist and trainer encourage me which in turn motivates me to push and give 200 %.
What advice do you have for others who want to lose weight?
Get started now. Don’t put your health on the back burner. It’s not easy, but it is worth it. The more time you invest in you, the more of a return you will receive. The work is worth it. You will have temptations along the way but keep going and push through them. You are worth it. Your health is worth it. Think about all the money you spend on eating unhealthy food, doctors visits and medications. By eating right and exercising, you are investing that money into being a better you. Some people will try to discourage you, but just know that there are more people who want to see you succeed than those who want to see you fail.
You can do it. I believe in you. Let’s do it together.