Transformation of the Day: Dolly lost 50 pounds. She’s gone from a size 14 to a size 4 with discipline, consistency and healthy habits. Weight training, HIIT workouts and cutting out meat worked for her. Check out her journey.
What was your motivation?
I grew up hearing “You have so much potential if only you lost…” Gosh, I couldn’t stand those words. What’s worse is that I began echoing those words myself when I looked into the mirror.
About a year or so ago I told myself that I wanted to see myself WIN. I deserved to WIN. I woke up everyday at 5:30am and worked out while silently rooting for myself. The simple truth was that there were no shortcuts. I put my head down and put the work in. Along the way, I built up my discipline and consistency. Now, I have lost about 50 pounds, got married to my best friend of 18 years and decided to start a new business. I want to inspire and help other women on their journey to self love.
How did you change your eating habits?
I cut out all diary and meat products, with the exception of seafood.
What did your workout routine look like?
I started with group excerises at my gym (Spin, Bootcamp and Zumba). I worked out 3 days a week. Then, I moved on to doing cardio on the Stair master and walking uphill on the treadmill. Finally, after I lost about 20-25 pounds, I started working 5-6 days a week with minimal cardio. I was mostly lifting weights and doing HIIT workouts.
When did you start your journey? How long did your transformation take?
October 2016 and it took about a year and a half. I’ve gone from a size 14 to a size 4. My height is 5’3″.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
3 things I learned;
- I thought that cardio would be the solution to my weight loss and that I couldn’t start lifting weights until I reached my ideal weight. That wasn’t correct.
- Starvation is NOT a diet. It simply doesn’t work. Eating a balanced diet while counting macros works.
- Lastly, toss the scale. Use measuring tape and photos to track your progress.
What advice do you have for others who want to lose weight?
Don’t wait for the next life moment to choose to get healthy (like waiting on a new year’s resolution or something like that). Losing weight needs to happen over that course of time and gradually become a part of your everyday life.