Transformation of the Day: Jessica lost 105 pounds with healthy eating habits and exercise. Fed up with the inconvenience and discomforts of carrying lots of weight on a 4’11” frame, she did her research, educated herself, and figured out what works for her.
When I was growing up, it was quite normal to eat large portions, have second servings, eat at late hours, and consume fast food regularly in my household. By the time I was 26 years old, I reached my highest weight of almost 300 pounds at the height of only 4’11”. Yikes!
Dealing with the inconvenience and discomforts of being obese at a young age, took a toll on me. I was finally ready to make a change despite countless failed attempts in my past. Everything changed once I changed my mindset on the matter.
How did you change your eating habits?
I began to do research, educate myself, and talk to people. I started my journey by simply cutting out the foods that were obviously helping me keep the weight on, like soda, packaged food, white bread, pasta, white rice, fast food, etc. My go-to vegetables of choice are green beans or spinach. I literally eat them every week.
One of the most important things I started to consume was more water! I underestimated the importance of water in my diet. I learned not to waste calories on drinks.
Tell us about your workout routine.
I did not feel comfortable going to the gym, so I just walked outside around my neighborhood. I walked two miles a day, five days a week. In the first six months, I lost 50 pounds.
After I lost my first 50 pounds (which happened towards the beginning of 2017), I wanted to keep my body toned. I began incorporating light 10lb weight exercises into my routine as well as jumping rope, squats, and using the stair master at Planet Fitness. I learned that repetitive exercises done with light weights help me to lose more weight while toning.
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What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 300 pounds, and my current weight is 195 pounds. Since 2016 when I initially started, I’ve lost a total of 105 pounds naturally!
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
Consistency will get you results, don’t overwhelm yourself by worrying if you’ll be able to stick to it. It’s called a journey for a reason.
What advice do you have for women who want to lose weight?
Keep it simple! Don’t overwhelm yourself. There’s no such thing as the right time to start a healthier lifestyle. Stop putting it off! Start now, right now.
The best advice someone ever gave me was to keep it simple and remain consistent! There’s no need to over complicate things.