Transformation of the Day: Jessica lost 45 pounds. Being in an unhealthy relationship led to emotional eating and weight gain. After she gave birth to her daughter and got out of that relationship, she decided to take her life back. She fell in love with fitness and eating healthy food. Check out her journey.
What was your motivation? What inspired you to keep going, even during the tough times?
I was in an unhealthy relationship, and I ate my feelings. I was called fat and ugly for so many years that I thought it was true. Once I got pregnant, I just gave up! After I had my baby, my self-esteem was below ground level. I was unhappy and extremely stressed out. At the time, I accepted that this is who I am and this is what I’m going to be.
Eventually, I had to let go of that dead weight! I just got tired of being unhappy and not socializing. Once I let that dead weight go, things began to change! I kid you not, my hair started growing, and my skin got clearer. Somebody had to drag me to the gym. Once I started to go, I fell in love.
Now, I’m on a mission for myself and no one else. I’m living a healthier lifestyle because my baby is bad as hell and she can run fast as hell for a mini human.
When did you start your journey?
I started this journey in December 2017, so it’s been about 9 months. My transformation isn’t over yet.
How did you change your eating habits?
The first thing I did was cut out all sugary drinks and snacks. That was the hard part. Then, I cut pork out of my diet and went on a 1500 calorie diet. I stuck with chicken breast, ground turkey, and salmon. I did struggle with consuming the proper amounts of fruits and veggies. I just had to find new ways to consume them.
What did your workout routine look like?
I started working out 4 days a week. Each session included strength training on a specific body part and at least 45 minutes of cardio. I also did HIIT twice a week.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
I started at 237 pounds, and I currently weigh 192 pounds. I’m 5’3″.
What is the biggest lesson you learned?
I’ve learned that this takes time and that this road is bumpy. Sometimes you’ll get lost, and you’ll have to reset.
What advice would you share with women who want to lose weight?
Do not compare your journey with anyone else’s. This is your journey. Travel it at your own speed and have patience.