Transformation of the Day: Kanika lost 73 pounds. This registered nurse has promoted healthy habits for years, but didn’t practice her own advice seriously until she was diagnosed with a number of serious health challenges. She pulled on the strength of her faith in God, started eating clean and created small, achievable goals. Check out what she shared with us about how she’s been able to transform her life.
Hello! My name is Kanika B. and I’ve loss 73 pounds naturally. I started my journey 3 years ago, weighing in at 273 pounds at 5’4″. I currently weigh 203 pounds. I battled with food addiction, depression and low self-esteem most of my life. As a Registered Nurse, it is my job to promote healthy habits, but I never even took my own health seriously until being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, hypertension and early signs of kidney injury. Diabetes and hypertension runs in my family and it was then that I decided that I had to change my life if I wanted to live.
I knew I could not do this journey alone, so I invited God into my journey and that’s when true change began. I have adopted a clean eating lifestyle and use mostly all organic foods. I cut out fried foods and unhealthy snacks. I am also incorporating more vegetarian meals in my diet. I exercise 5 days a week at my local gym, doing at least 45 minutes of cardio and strength training 3 days a week.
My advice for others who are looking to lose weight would be to start off making small goals ( 5-10 pounds at a time). For me, that has been easier than looking at all the pounds I needed to lose as a huge goal. Also, put your goals in writing to make yourself more accountable. Use your support system during this journey, you need all the encouragement you can get. Start getting active with small steps and build up from there. Lastly, reward yourself when you reach your goals (non-food reward) with things like makeup, a massage, getting a mani/pedi, etc. I love to share my weight loss journey with others, because if I can they can.