Transformation of the Day: Erika lost 140 pounds. This Zeta Phi Beta soror did not want to become a statistic by succumbing to heart disease at a young age. Check out what she did to release the weight.
I started my weight loss journey in May 2016. My main motivation was that I did not want to be a statistic by succumbing to heart disease at a young age. I know that obesity is a serious disease. I also realized that I allowed myself to be overcome by food addiction.
I decided to have weight loss surgery because all of the other methods I have tried over a span of 10 years did not work. Prior to surgery, I committed myself to work on my emotional eating. I changed my eating habits and incorporated regular exercise into my schedule.
I had Gastric Sleeve weight loss surgery in December 2016. After the surgery, I started working with a personal trainer (Instagram: @kmonetfitness) and pushed myself to limits that I did not know I could reach.
Now, my primary focus with is protein and healthy carbs when it comes to food. I’ve eliminated all surgary foods and carbs, except for fruits and vegetables. I no longer use food as an emotional crutch. I think about nutrition much differently.
My training routine is pretty rigorous and I do not limit my workouts. I do cardio, weight training, circuit training, yoga and a lot of stretching.
I am 5’5″. My highest weight was 304 pounds and I currently weigh 164 pounds. This journey has taken 8 months, including 6 months of a rigorous workout plan.
My advice to anyone considering losing weight: Whatever method you choice, know that you are in control of your health and life. Do not let the weight control you.