Transformation of the Day: Davida lost more than 30 pounds. Her sister passed away due to complications from diabetes, so when she was diagnosed with pre-diabetes it was devastating. She was also dealing with serious anxiety. By embracing healthy eating and exercise she has changed her life.
I lost my sister Daphne to complications with Diabetes in 2009. I had been experiencing tightness of the chest, nervousness and so much more. After my general physician couldn’t tell me what was wrong, I went to the emergency room (again) where the physician’s assistant looked at my chart. Seeing that I had checked myself in there several times, they asked me if had I considered seeing someone, because he felt that I had anxiety issue.
Shortly thereafter, I went to another doctor and she agreed that anxiety was an issue, but the also said that I was pre-diabetic. I instantly broke down when I heard that news. Then the doctor asked me if she let me leave without any medication, did I think could I come back about 10 pounds lighter? I promised her that I could. 3 months later, I came back 15 pounds lighter.
I changed my eating habits to a more clean diet. I had green tea with no sugar, green veggies and lean meats. I also minimized my intake of sugar and white foods (white sugar, white flour, etc.). I exercised at least 30-minutes a day, hip-hop dancing and walking.
Fast forward to today. I am over 30 pounds down. I weigh 185 pounds at 5’5″. When I got started, my weight was in the mid 200’s. While I am not at my goal weight, I stay inspired and motivated because of my loving family and by surrounding myself with people who have a like-minded, wellness conscious approach to life! I also try to stay off the scale and I celebrate the many non-scale victories that I
I still try to eat clean (again, I have not been perfect, but I am so much better!). I have a green smoothie every day. I workout 3-5 times a week. My workouts are made up of cycling, using the elliptical, zumba class, walking… cardio! I’m slowly incorporating weight training into my routine as well. I see a naturopathic doctor on a regular basis in addition to practicing yoga and using essential oils (for ailments and my anxiety).
My advice to others is to NEVER give up on yourself, even when you may feel defeated. Don’t let anyone tell you that there are quick fixes. It will not be easy, but you deserve to be the best you that you can be, even if it might take longer for you than for others.
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