Transformation of the Day: Heaven lost 111 pounds. This Delta Sigma Theta soror didn’t have any weight-related illnesses, but didn’t want to keep risking her health. She said, “I wanted to get healthier while I was still physically able to.” With surgery, low carb/high protein eating and regular exercise she has changed her life. Check out her transformation.
What was your motivation?
My motivation was to be healthy for me! I didn’t have any obesity-related illnesses, but how long would that last? I wanted to get healthier while I was still physically able to. As I met my goals, I would set new ones and that kept me going.
How did you change your eating habits?
I had Gastric Bypass weight loss surgery on 8/17/15 and that dramatically changed how much I can eat. I adhere to a high protein/low carb diet. I stopped eating all junk food, and stopped drinking all soda. I eat all high protein and low carb items. I primarily drink water, protein shakes and diet green tea. I eat a lot of lean meats, like turkey, lean ground beef and chicken, along with lot of vegetables. I stay away from most starches, such as breads and potatoes.
Many people have weight loss surgery and find it challenging to change their habits. What did you have to do in terms of mindset and/or your habits to stay on track? I just knew it was either the food or my health. Once I made the decision to have the surgery, I didn’t think about what I was losing, only what I was gaining. A healthy body is something I have never had and I knew I had to make sacrifices to have it. I started grocery shopping for myself and keeping unhealthy things out of my house so I wouldn’t even have the temptation.
What did your workout routines look like?
I work out 5 days per week. 15 mins of cardio then weight training.
Starting weight/Current weight
309 pounds was my highest weight and I now weight 198 pounds. My height is 5’9″.
How long did your transformation take?
It officially started in November of 2014. That’s when I started my pre-surgery process. Today, I am 10 months post-op from surgery and 18 pounds away from my goal weight.
What advice do you have for others who want to lose weight?
I say find something that works for you and stick to it. Surgery was my last resort. I had tried just about everything before I got it but I don’t regret it one bit.