Jahira lost 45 pounds. With support and guidance from her partner, who is a personal trainer, she found an eating style and a workout routine that works. After years of struggling, she learned the power of consistent, decisive action.
What was your motivation? What inspired you when you wanted to give up?
My name is Jahira, and I am 24 years old. My motivation is myself and my loving partner. I have always struggled with my weight. I attempted to lose weight several times by trying different methods, but consistency has always been my issue.
My partner is a personal trainer, and he’s also very athletic, which I admire. My partner is very supportive of everything, never making me feel bad about myself when I’d feel defeated. He would encourage me to write down my goals and start creating a plan. He would also share with me the significance of eating better and the endless benefits it has on your body. I began to take in this information, using it to motivate me. With his support, I have manifested the courage and strength to keep going. I know that it is possible if I apply consistency to every aspect of my journey.
How did you change your eating habits?
I used the MyFitnessPal app to track how much I should be eating and whether I am drinking enough water. I started with the Keto, but later I decided to just follow a low carb diet.
Eating late was an issue of mine, so I used an app for intermittent fasting called Zero. I would make a grocery list before heading to the store to prevent my habit of getting unhealthy snacks or processed food.
What did your workout routine consist of?
I work out three times a week doing cardio on the Stairmaster and light weight training. I try to focus on specific areas of the body on different days to mix up my workouts, but I always like to start my routine with cardio for 15-30 mins.
What is your height? How much weight have you lost?
My height is 5’2″ and I lost 45 pounds.
When did you start your journey? How long did your transformation take?
August will make one year since I started my journey. I plan to make this a lifestyle, so I do not have an ending goal. I do set small goals for myself to focus on specific areas.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
If I didn’t learn to appreciate who I was before my journey, I don’t think I’d be where I am today. I’d fantasize about how I’d want to look, which led me to a feeling of defeat once I stepped on the scale and did not see a change. (or worse, added weight!) Self-love is a part of the journey. I had to work hard on changing my mindset to get the consistency going and to believe that I can do this.
What advice do you have for women who want to lose weight?
Have fun on the journey to your new self! Do what makes you happy, and please do not compare yourself to others. Remember, it took years to gain the weight, so it’s going to take some time to get where you want to be. Consistency is key!