Update 2020: Daniella lost 9 more pounds for a total of 59 pounds gone.
Starting weight: 282 pounds
Current weight: 223 pounds
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To the women on the left: THANK YOU. Thank you for STARTING. Thank you for standing up to the pain. Thank you for NOT GIVING UP. Thank you for moulding me into the woman I am today. I am not going to BASH my before picture or label it as “Weak mindset”. NO, it was her with the STRONG MINDSET. It was her who despite all the pain saw a vision and turned it into reality. It was her that found these home workout programs that have TRANSFORMED MY LIFE. It was her that made the choice to NOT let her mental and physical health deteriorate any further. I THANK her because she was a fucking warrior & I honour her bravery EVERYDAY through ACTION. LOVE YOURSELF AT EVERY STAGE IN YOUR JOURNEY❤️ – This is Self Love Fitness. This is Body Positive Weightloss ❤️ The SAME power I have is in YOU. It is in ALL OF US. You can do this too xo.
Transformation of the Day: Daniella lost 50 pounds. After giving birth, she experienced debilitating chronic pain, which led to depression and weight gain. For years, her doctors had no answers. In 2017, she met a specialist who changed her life, and she was able to reclaim her health.
In 2014, after a 27-hour long labour, I suffered from severe chronic back pain. I remember telling my doctor about the pain at the time. She said it would go away when I was six months post-partum and that it was normal. Fast forward to 6 months later, and I was still in debilitating chronic pain.
- I could barely walk.
- I couldn’t sit without pain.
- I couldn’t stand without pain.
- I couldn’t lie down without pain.
Due to living with this chronic pain and not finding answers for why I was in pain, I become severely depressed. I gave up, and I let my nutrition go. I ordered pizza, Chinese Food, etc. 3 – 4 times a week because I was in so much pain that I could barely cook and take care of my newborn.
I gained a significant amount of weight and got up to 282 pounds. After years of trying to figure out the post-partum pain I was experiencing pain, I almost gave up.
In 2017, 3 years later, I was in so much pain that I honestly didn’t think I could go on. I was hospitalized for one month, and during my hospitalization, a doctor told me that There was nothing western medical science can do for me.
I felt defeated. I felt alone.
And then a little voice in my head whispered, “Give it one more try.” And so I did …
After being discharged from the hospital, I went to my doctor again and she suggested I see a pelvic floor physiotherapist. This physiotherapist changed my life. She performed traditional Chinese acupuncture and pelvic floor therapy. My pain slowly started dissipating, and I was able to work out and lose weight again.
It turns out that I suffered from some form of pelvic floor dysfunction that caused my muscles to overwork and become tight. I hope my story will help any woman who is going through post-partum back pain and looking for answers.
My nutrition routine consists of maintaining a caloric deficit and eating a high protein diet.
My workout routine consisted of doing Beachbody on Demand workouts. I work out at home 5 – 6 days a week. My workouts are mainly focused on strength training, followed by cardio.
I began my journey in July 2017, and my transformation took six months. My starting weight was 282 pounds, and I currently weigh 232 pounds at 5’8″. I’ve lost a total of 61 pounds since the start of my journey. Yes, I’ve gained weight during this journey. My lowest weight so far was 221lbs, and I’m almost back to where I was.
My advice to others when it comes to weight loss is to eat fewer calories than you consume. Weight loss is purely mathematical.