Transformation of the Day: Harriet lost 38 pounds. She is a mother of three and a Registered Nurse from London. She has been on the front line during the pandemic, and we applaud her for her service. Part of her motivation for releasing the weight was how she saw the virus impacting people of color and overweight people.
My name is Harriet, and I’m from London. I’m a mother of three and a Registered Nurse. My pre-pregnancy weight was 57kg (126 pounds). After my 3rd baby, I weighed over 100kg (220+ pounds). I tried everything, all kinds of different diets, but none worked.
When did you start your weight loss journey?
I started my journey on the 13th of May 2020.
What is your motivation?
As a nurse and a front-line worker, I was still seeing patients in their homes at the start of the pandemic. Suddenly, I had all the COVID-19 symptoms. It was so bad that sometimes I could hardly breathe. From the research I did by myself and all the data that was out there, I noticed that the most affected people were obese people. I also noticed how the disease impacted the African and Asian communities. I realized I fell into this category.
I’m a Christian, and I believe I’m praying, so I also did a lot of praying and meditating.
How did you change your eating habits?
I changed my diet completely. I reduced my carbohydrates and ate more vegetables and protein. I also completely stopped drinking fizzy soda drinks and fruit juices. I only drink water and herbal tea. I make sure to drink at least 2 liters a day.
I also started intermittent fasting (16:8 window ), which helped me a lot. For example: For breakfast, I have nothing if I’m fasting. I have a green smoothie if I’m not. For lunch, I would have a green salad with tuna or eggs. Then, for dinner, I will have fish soup, grilled salmon, and lots of vegetables.
What does your workout routine consist of?
I work out 5-6 times a week. 70% of my workout is WALKING. I walk 2-3 hours 2-4 times a week. I held a 150km challenge for the month of August and have involved most of my friends and family. It’s going well. I also do some cardio, weight lift with dumbbells, and workout with kettlebells. I do some lite, beginner workouts from YouTube, but my main exercise is walking.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
- Post baby #3: over 100kg/220+ pounds
- Pre-weight loss journey: 93kg/205 pounds
- Current weight: 82.6kg/182 pounds
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What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned so far is that my Health is in my hand. I love my body, and I’m ready to get to my target.
What advice would you like to share with women who want to lose weight?
Please don’t give up. Don’t give in, keep pressing on, and keep moving. If you fall, get up and keep moving. Most importantly, love yourself.