Transformation of the Day: Jasmine lost 42 pounds in 6 months. This recent grad had been overweight her entire life, feeling uncomfortable in her body and dealing with low self esteem. Despite a busy schedule of balancing work and school, she found the motivation to commit to healthy eating habits and regular exercise. Check out how she got results.
Hi, my name is Jasmine and I wanted to share my story. I am 22 years old and have been overweight my entire life. I have tried almost every internet, get slim quick diet plan in the past and nothing worked. I felt so uncomfortable in my body. I started having really low self-esteem, especially because I tried to lose weight about a year before this and once I quit I became 60 lbs. heavier. This summer, I decided to try again and stick with my journey this time. I started my journey in June 2016.
I started to eat more fruits and vegetables. I cut out red meat and pork. I stick to a healthy meal regiment and make sure I eat 5 times a day ( breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, and dinner), so that I am never hungry or craving bad food! On top of eating right, I aim to drink 7 bottles of water each day. I work out 5 days a week for an hour. During my workouts, I usually do cardio (treadmill or stairmaster) for 20 minutes. Then, I do weight training for 40 minutes.
I started my journey at 240 pounds and today I weigh 198 pounds at 5’7″. That’s a total of 42 lbs. in 6 months. My journey isn’t over and I need support, just like everyone else. I’d be lying if I said it’s always easy but it was well worth it! I stopped being really hard on my self and focused more on enjoying the journey. This no longer something I have to force myself to do. It has become something I enjoy.
What keeps me motivated is how far I have come and how I see my body transforming. I also get motivation from my family members who look at me as an inspiration and want to join me on my journey. Being a recent college graduate, this journey has been extremely hectic. I would have days where I would be out of my apartment from 8am – 7pm due to work and school. That meant meal prepping was very important and I would have to get up early (5am) to workout because I would be too tired afterward. I realized that this journey became easier once I dropped all of my excuses!
I would advise anyone who is interested in weight loss to focus, find what works for you. We are all different, so go at your own pace. It’s not about how fast you lose the weight, so don’t become focused on what the scale says. Also, make sure to eat breakfast as it’s very important and make your journey a priority in your life!
For inspiration, I made a instagram page where I follow nothing but people on who are on fitness journeys. Instagram: @jas229_ We are all in this together!