Transformation of the Day: Kami lost 80 pounds. She felt hopeless and was avoiding mirrors and photos. By leaning on her faith in God and making this process a real lifestyle change, she figured out what works for her. She adopted a Keto diet and has gone from jogging to running three miles a day.
What was your motivation? What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up?
I felt hopeless. My biggest motivation was that I would consciously avoid mirrors and pictures. I got to the point where I had enough. After failed attempts, I felt completely overwhelmed. I decided that this journey had to be spiritual as much as it would be physical. Asking GOD for guidance, strength, energy, and self-discipline daily is what ultimately brought me here.
How did you change your eating habits?
I initially just lowered my caloric intake. I found a great calorie-counting website that allows me to get a good idea of how many calories a day I could intake. After successfully losing 20 pounds, I was introduced to the Keto diet. My daily net carb intake varied from 17-20 grams. This is considered intense, but if you find the right snacks and foods, you won’t feel deprived at all. Also, I drink only drink zero-calorie drinks, coffee, and water, for the most part. I have diet soda occasionally and maybe an ICE drink now and then.
What did your workout routine consist of? How often did you work out?
I ran in high school, and that’s what I’ve based this journey on. I was deeply discouraged the first day I went to the gym. I could even jog for 1/2 a mile. However, practice/routine makes for success. It’s a year later, and now I usually run 3 miles every day.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
Starting weight: 230 pounds
Current weight: 150 pounds
Goal weight: 145 pounds
What is your height?
5 feet, 4 inches tall
When did you start your journey? How long did your transformation take?
I would say a year. I could have made the transformation in around eight months, but I wanted this to feel like a journey/lifestyle and not a diet. I’ve had cheat days and a vacation, so it’s been a year in total.
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?
I have extra skin in my breast area and arms, which bothers me. Some days, I’m ready to make an appointment and to have it removed. Other days, I realize they’re my battle scars. I haven’t made a decision just yet.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
Don’t punish yourself. Enjoy a meal and then get right back on it. Every day is a new day to be healthy. We can mentally self-sabotage ourselves into believing that we’ve ruined our journey in one day or one weekend.
What advice do you have for women who want to lose weight?
Trust GOD. We often go to Him last. When we’ve exhausted all options, we run to Him. He is the key. Ask Him to guide you on this journey. More than anything, believe that you are worthy of this gift. You’re worthy of becoming the woman that you dream of being.