Weight Loss Story of the Day: Author Crystal lost 72 pounds. In the process of writing her new book she was able to confront past issues that led her to emotional eating and depression. She was able to embrace healthy eating and regular exercise to lose the pounds, but the emotional work she did was key to her victory. Here is what she shared about her weight loss journey:
I have successfully lost 72 pounds and counting!!!! My weight loss motivation came from writing the book Memoirs of an Overcomer which pushed me to the point of finding myself. The book began when I enrolled in a prophetic class that goes in depth into your purpose in life, etc (at Ruwach Church). Memoirs of an Overcomer has a lot to do with finding who you are. Through the writing of this book I was able to find out who I really was and confront past issues that had me bound to eating and being depressed. This included childhood issues that were still hindering me as an adult. The more I wrote and let go of all the negative things, the more motivation I had. Now, I’m a true overcomer of obesity!
I already was known as the Zumba Queen at my local gym, so I took it up a notch with more cardio and weight training. I cut out all fast food and prepared my meals the day before which consist of plenty vegetables. I stopped eating junk food like candy, chips, cookies, etc. I began to eat a lot of cucumber, tomatoes and spinach (fresh cut). Also, I stopped drinking fruit drinks or Coke, just water or the crystal light flavor additives with 5 calories. Rice was my weakness at one time. Now, I can go a week without it. I think that it is better to eat six small meals a day because that keeps me more active.
My weight loss journey was over a course of 10 months. I am 5’4″ in height and at my last weigh in was 182 pounds. That was about 5 weeks ago. I stay away from the scale as much as possible. My advice: build a very strong support system of people who will motivate you. Always, yes surround yourself with positive people. Sometimes we cling to people and lose focus on who we are so I encourage you to get rid of negativity. Drink plenty of water, stay positive, and MOST OF ALL LOVE YOURSELF. It’s not about the size you have on its about your health and being comfortable in your own skin. Follow me on instagram: @mrs_overcomer_