Transformation of the Day: Jasmine lost 80 pounds. Her motivation is health, happiness, and accomplishing her dream of joining the Navy and seeing the world. She shared with us how she figured out what works for her in terms of exercise and nutrition.
What was your motivation? What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up?
My motivation to lose weight was my health, my personal happiness, and what I wanted to do for a career: United States Navy. My journey started last year after a failed engagement and a toxic relationship.
When I began this journey, I knew that giving up on myself only meant I would be giving up on everything that I ever wanted; traveling, seeing the world, and experiencing different cultures. Remembering those things helped me to stay focused.
How did you change your eating habits?
Nine months into my journey, my weight loss started slowing down, and I knew I needed to shift how I was doing things completely. So I began a low-calorie diet with the help of the My Fitness Pal app. This helped me count my calories and monitor how many grams of carbs, proteins, fiber, etc. I would take in each meal/day. I also aim to burn what I’m talking in each day exactly or a little more.
What did your workout routine consist of?
My workouts consist of cardio and weight training twice a day. I split the two workout styles for one workout in the morning and one in the evening, and this has given me excellent results.
How often did you work out?
I work out 6-7 days a week.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 256 pounds, and my current weight is 176 pounds. My goal weight is 155 pounds.
What is your height?
I am 5’4″.
When did you start your journey?
I started my journey consistently after a failed engagement in March 2020.
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?
Weight loss surgery is not part of my journey. I lost everything with diet and exercise, calorie deficit diets, and keeping a gallon of water with me to drink each day.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
The biggest lesson that I’ve learned so far is to keep my mind focused on why I started. When I focus on other things or put people before me, I begin to lose myself and start gaining weight. I’m still learning how to balance this today.
What advice would you like to share with women who want to lose weight?
My advice to women who are beginning, at a plateau, or just looking for encouragement is to Keep Going. Keep pushing! The “better you” is right around the corner! Stay focused, and don’t let the scale be your final determining factor (I threw mine in the dumpster).