Transformation of the Day: Gilitra lost 99 pounds. Diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol was at her door at 278 pounds. At the advice of her doctor, she decided on gastric bypass surgery after years of seeing no progress. Now, she’s happier and healthier. Check out her transformation journey.
My name is Gilitra R. I struggled with my weight many years after my discharge from the military. After having my 2nd son, my weight reached 263 pounds (height: 5’8″). It didn’t stop there! I was so disgusted with the way I looked that I packed on even more pounds out of stress. I would try to work out and eat right but nothing ever lasted. I’d just be right where I started all over again.
When my weight reached a whopping 277 pounds, something clicked inside of me and I knew I had to do something. I was borderline for high blood pressure and high cholesterol. My knees were deteriorating and I was borderline diabetic. I opted to have weight-loss surgery. I chose to have the gastric bypass procedure due to my doctor’s recommendations. I did not tell many people about my decision in the beginning because I did not want to hear anyone’s negative comments. I needed to remain focus on my goal.
My eating habits changed drastically. I eat a high protein/low carb diet. No soda, sweets or sugar. I drink loads of water daily. I work out 3 to 5 times a week. I started out with a lot of cardio in the beginning of my journey. Now, I’m more into weight training as I’m working on toning. I may miss a day or two of exercise, but I don’t beat myself up about it. It’s a journey and a life style change.
I started my journey in August of 2015 and I’ve currently loss a total of 98 pounds. I’m weighing in at 179 pounds currently! In the beginning, I wore a size 22 and I’m currently wearing a size 8! This was the best decision I’ve ever made. I have my life back! My sons enjoy having a happy, healthy mom. My husband had been supportive from day 1. I’ve even inspired my husband and he’s lost over 50 pounds since I began my journey.
My advice to others is to never give up on yourself! You have to take care of you before you can truly care for others. Weight-loss is definitely a journey and surgery is not a quick fix. You will encounter a lot of unknown emotions. You will come across people who won’t be as supportive. I’ve had family members tell me that I look like a cracked head and say very hurtful things to me. Through it all, I give God all the praise for my new life and body. I’m more motivated then ever and will continue on the road to a healthier life.
My Motto: “Your decisions matter to your life”. Thank you for reading my story!