Transformation of the Day: Kanethra lost 77 pounds. Since 2011, she’s been on a mission when it comes to fitness and health. During her journey she has lost and gained weight, given birth and gotten married. Life happens, but her story shows that you can get back on track and reach your goals. Check out her story.
I started this fitness journey back in 2011. I had my highs and I had my lows, but I never lost sight of my goals. Back in 2011, I dropped from 250 pounds to 169 pounds in 7 months. I was at the gym so much, they thought I was a personal trainer.
My new, sexy body came with beautiful blessings. I found out that I was 2 months pregnant in June 2012. After I had the baby, I let myself get back up to 240 pounds. My then boyfriend decided to make things official and asked me to marry him! So, I quickly re-started my fitness journey because I was determined to get into the dress I wanted.
I was able to drop back down to 180 pounds for my wedding on 12/30/2016! After the wedding however, happiness kicked in, lol. By 2018, I noticed that my clothes was starting to get a little tight again. I got on the scale on January 19, 2018 and saw that I was back up to 199lbs. That’s when I realized it was time to hit reset and make a lifetime commitment to becoming healthy!
Changing the way I eat and exercising daily lead me to my current results. Now, I weigh 173 pounds at 5’4 1/2″! I still have along way before I get to my goal of 155lbs and toned, but trust… there’s no stopping me this time!
How did you change your eating habits to get results?
Before I changed my eating habits, I had to change my mind. At the end of the day I knew that eating the bad stuff was not going to get me the results I wanted. I started to make healthier choices. I would start off my day with a homemade smoothie. For lunch, I had a protein (fish, chicken, etc.) and a light salad. For dinner, I would have a protein shake. Then, I started going to a special gym where they gave me a meal plan to follow for 6 weeks.
What did your workout routine look like?
I did and still do a lot of cardio. Before joining the special gym, I used to go to the regular gym for about 2 hours a day and workout on only on cardio machines.
Later on, I would wake up every morning at 4:30 AM to get my day started, and would make it to my special gym at 5:00 AM. There they would run us through a lot of different cardio and weight exercises for 30 minutes. After that, I would workout at work during my two 15 minute breaks on the stair master. At home, I would do to do a quick 30 minute workout from YouTube before bedtime. I was working out 3-4 times a day in little sessions. I’m still following the same routine today.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
You have to change your mindset to reach the goals you want. In the famous words of one of my favorite motivational speakers Les Brown, “You have to be willing to do things others won’t do, to get things others don’t have.”
What advice do you have for other women who want to lose weight?
Know your WHY and make your WHY the reason for your change. My WHY: I want my kids to live a healthy lifestyle and I know they watch everything I do, so I fight my feeling everyday so they can see me pushing through the tough times and still making a way to live healthy. *