Alexis lost 31 pounds. As a student, she was spending her days binging on food, sleeping all day and not being active. The words of her beloved grandmother inspired her to live a healthier and better life. She is changing her life with clean eating, exercise and by working to figure out what works for her.
My motivation to working to get healthy was wanting to be happy. I felt as though I was always sad and tired. I used to sleep all day long and binge on food all day. Doing the same thing everyday got boring and depressing.
What really inspired me was when my grandmother told me one day that she doesn’t want me to live like she lives on medication everyday. She told me she wants me to live healthy and be better, so that I can live longer. Another thing that motivated me was when I would look in the mirror, and I could see how far I’ve come. It would bring me to tears.
I never thought that I would make it this far, because in the past I would last only about a month of doing right. Then, I’d go back to my old habits for months at a time, which was easy for a college student.
I changed my eating habits drastically when I started to prep my meals. I would always watch other fitness accounts, and trainers and saw how they meal prepped their meals. Doing this has helped me to stay on track, and not go backwards because my meals are already done and ready in advance. I stopped eating a lot of processed food, fast food and junk food. Those are those are the main food groups for college students, but that life is dead and over with because I’ve grown so much now.
Now, my diet consists of a lot more fruits, veggies, and home cooked meals. I know exactly what I’m putting into my food in terms of ingredients. I love eating like this because it makes me satisfied, happy and I have alot of energy.
In the beginning, I started with running on the school track every night. Eventually, I went to doing HIIT exercises which really helped with my endurance. Now, I do cardio for about 20-30 minutes, and weightlifting (because women can lift weights also and it is not going to make you bulky). When I was living unhealthy, I worked out zero times a week because I was a couch potato just being honest. The most exercise I got was walking to class, and that even tired me out. I would be ready to sit down when I got to class. Now, I workout about 4-5 times a week, and I make sure to make time with my busy schedule because its important to me and apart of my daily life now.
My starting weight was about 225 pounds, and my current weight is 193.6. I’m about 5’7″ in height. I started my journey back in May 2014 and it has been an up and down roller coaster since then. My transformation has been a 2 year long process. Weight loss surgery is not apart of my journey. I achieved my results through research, clean eating, and training hard everyday. I’m not at my goal weight, but I’m closer than I was 2 years ago. I’m determined to reach my goal before summer 2017.
My advice for others is to stop the excuses, and find something that motivates you to keep going. Yes, this process is challenging, but it is worth it.