Transformation of the Day: Jerrikka lost 77 pounds. A very embarrassing wake up call at a Six Flags amusement park was the spark that led her to start her weight loss journey. She has worked out, changed her eating habits and her results are well deserved. Check out her story.
My name is Jerrikka. I’ve always been big. My whole life, I just believed that I was destined to be a big girl. I started my weight loss journey in July 2015, a few days after the Fourth of July, when my now Ex took some off guard photos of me that horrified me. I couldn’t believe I was that overweight and had let myself get so big. I wasn’t aware that I was as big as I was, because I didn’t feel comfortable in my skin. However, I was always out of breath and my clothes were extremely tight.
To top it all off, we went to Six Flags Amusement Park and when I couldn’t buckle the seatbelt on a ride. I had to get off in front of a bunch of people. The embarrassment I felt was unexplainable. I knew something had to change.
I began my journey at 332 pounds and I now weigh 255 pounds. I have lost a total of 77 pounds and still going. I am 5’7″ tall. I have not had any weight loss surgery, although I did began the process of looking into it. It didn’t work out because I did not have the funds to pay for surgery.
I am mindful of the foods that I eat. I changed my eating habits by eating more fruits and vegetables, I cut out a lot of junk food and high sugar foods. I did not use any specific plan or program, I just made mindful decisions.
For the most part, I did a bunch of cardio for exercise. I would walk 2 miles on the treadmill and finish it by doing 30 minutes on the elliptical. Sometimes I would jog, but that put a lot of strain on my legs and ankles. The more weight I lose, the easier it is to run and the longer I can run. I also did some light boxing about once a week. I workout 5 days a week (Sometimes 6 days).
My transformation is not quite done, I haven’t reached my goal of 200 pounds, but I hope to do so by time I graduate with my Bachelors in May 2017! Do I still face challenges? Of course I do. I mess up and fall off for weeks at a time. I am human, but I will not give up on myself! The BWLW page keeps me motivated!
My advice to anyone trying to lose weight, DON’T GIVE UP ON YOURSELF. Just continue to do what you can to bring you one step closer to your goals. It will happen!