Cynthia lost 58 pounds. Her journey is about releasing the weight of her past as well as releasing physical weight. Listening to God, reaching out for help, and having accountability partners have all been vital to her success.
Starting weight: 303 pounds
Current weight: 245 pounds
I am the Author of “Releasing the Weight of my Past.” I started my weight loss journey on September 6, 2018. I was on this journey before and when God told me to write about my abusive past. I gave up on weight loss and stopped moving forward because I was so focused on getting my book out.
I went to my doctor on September 4,2018, and when I got on the scale, I was so embarrassed. I weighed 303 pounds. I felt like a failure because I had started a weight loss journey before only to stop and start again. I got to the point that I was like, “Why keep trying? Just give up and don’t worry about it anymore.” However, when I got in my car after I left my doctor’s office, I begin to pray in the spirit. I asked God to put His super on my natural.
Then, I called a young lady that I met when I went to LA to preach at a Women’s Conference. She was also on a healthy lifestyle journey, and God had me to reach out to her. She is an amazing person. She shared everything she did with me, and my new journey began.
I changed my eating habits by focusing on portion sizes and meal prep. I also started eating more greens, and I cut back on the sugars. I walk for 3-5 miles a day. I just started doing some planks and Russian twists. I work out 5 days a week.
I didn’t want to tell anyone because I was scared that I would fail again, but I started anyway. I had to get some accountability partners for those days when I tried to talk myself out of eating right and walking. My four partners have been amazing! They keep me on track. They are continually praying and encouraging me every step of the way. I send them a picture five days a week to show them when I go walking, how many miles I walked and what I ate. I know it may sound like a lot, but it keeps me on track.
I also looked at myself in my bathroom mirror and said, “I love you, Cynthia. You have allowed God to Release the Weight of Your Past. Now allow Him to help you to release this physical weight.” I took a real picture of myself, not one where the lighting and everything had to be perfect. No cover up vests and no body shapers, just me. I didn’t want to share the photo because people can be so critical, but if my journey helps one person to get started, then it’s worth the backlash. I’m not done because this is a lifestyle for me.
My advice: Stay consistent in whatever you start doing.