Deona lost 50 pounds by changing her habits and her mindset. She wanted to create an active lifestyle and stop restarting her efforts over again and again. Meal prepping, HIIT workouts, weight training are some of the tools she used.
What was your motivation? What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up?
My motivation to lose weight stemmed from my desire to create and maintain an active lifestyle! I lost about 30 pounds back in 2015 but gained it all back (and more) over the year.
I was inspired to keep going because, simply put, I was tired of starting over. So I told myself to stop quitting.
How did you change your eating habits?
I changed my eating habits by meal prepping weekly. I cut down on sugar and simple carbs. I also stopped drinking sugary beverages and significantly cut down on alcohol.
What did your workout routine consist of? How often did you work out?
When I first started, I was only doing cardio a couple of times a week. Then I transitioned to doing HIIT (high-intensity interval training) and strength training 4-6 days a week.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 215 pounds, and my current weight is 165 pounds.
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When did you start your journey? How long did your transformation take?
I started this journey (again) in 2019. It took about a year of consistent focus on the following areas: nutrition, fitness, hydration, sleep, rest, and recovery.
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?
No, weight loss surgery was not a part of my journey.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned on my weight loss journey was to change my mindset! There was always a battle between my mind and my body, but I tried to let my body quit before my mind did, and that’s what helped me reach my 50-pound weight loss goal.
What advice would you like to share with women who want to lose weight?
One piece of advice I would share is to determine your WHY and ask yourself why often. Let your answer by your motivation and inspiration, especially when the journey gets tough, and you feel like quitting.