Update July 2020: Jonisha is still going strong. She wrote in to share that she’s lost more than 100 pounds.
I was previously on the BWLW page, and I wanted to follow up with my results! My motivation to lose weight was that I wanted to feel better about myself and when I had all of that weight on me I felt as if I was always surrounded by a dark cloud. My starting weight was actually 276 pounds, and now I weigh 170 pounds (give or take a couple of pounds). I have now lost over 100 pounds! – @muva.jo
Transformation of the Day: Jonisha lost 77 pounds. This Florida International University student just wanted to feel better about herself and her appearance. By eating better and working out 4 times a week, she’s gotten great results. Check out her story.
What was your motivation?
My motivation for losing weight was that I wanted to feel better about myself. When I had all of that weight on me, I felt as if I was always surrounded by a dark cloud.
It all started during my freshman year of college. I go to school in Miami, and I spent a lot of time at the pool or the beach. That’s where I realized I wanted a different appearance. So, I started eating better.
How did you change your eating and exercise habits?
I cut out fried foods, soda, and juice. Basically, I quit drinking my calories. I also started going to the gym and doing cardio about 4 times a week. Several months into my journey, I noticed a change but I also saw loose skin. That’s when I cut back on my cardio and started lifting weights.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 263 pounds, and now I weigh 186 pounds. My height is 5’5″.
How long did your transformation take?
I started my journey in the spring of 2017, and I am currently maintaining my weight.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
Being in charge of your health is the most important thing ever. I almost let myself slip by telling myself that I was fine the way I was. I felt like the doctors were merely just telling me I needed to lose weight because I was heavier than the average. However, when I started feeling bad, I knew it was time to change.
What advice would you share with women who want to release the weight?
Don’t let anyone tell you what you need to do, or when you need to do it. You’ll know when you want to change. Do it for yourself and not anyone else.
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