Keisha lost 54 pounds. After years of not making herself a priority, her health suffered and the weight piled on. One day, she decided that she no longer wanted to be at the mercy of pain medication. Instead of just dieting, she took steps to create a healthy lifestyle. Now, she’s thriving.
What was your motivation? What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up?
All my life, I have always put others first, my kids, my spouse, and my family. I never seemed to make time for myself. I just forgot I existed. I developed Spinal Stenosis, and that had me in so much pain that I eventually had surgery. After all the years of neglect, my body just shut down. I gave up, and the weight piled on.
One day, I woke up and decided that I no longer wanted to be at the mercy of pain medication. I wanted to live. My grandson was born, and I knew I had to be around for him. I wanted to live again.
How did you change your eating habits?
I started out slow at first, cutting back on sugar and processed foods. I started using a portion control system to eat in accordance with a healthy lifestyle and not just as a diet.
What did your workout routine consist of? How often did you work out?
I started walking, which led to running. Then I incorporated at-home, on-demand workouts into my routine. I joined an online fitness community and began sharing my journey on social media as extra accountability. I still work out 5-6 times per week, even if it’s only for 30 minutes.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 241 pounds, and I currently weigh 187 pounds. My goal weight is 175 pounds.
What is your height?
I’m 6 feet, 1 inch tall.
When did you start your journey? How long did your transformation take?
I started my journey in January 2019, but it wasn’t until this year (during the pandemic) that I really turned it up. I found myself going back into a dark place with all that was happening in the world. I have lost 25 pounds since October.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
The biggest lesson I have learned is to never quit on yourself. Life is going to happen. You just have to pick yourself up and keep going. It will get hard, but guess what? You can do hard things.
What advice do you have for women who want to lose weight?
Start! Don’t wait for the right time, the next Monday, or the new year. Just Start. Also, don’t be afraid to try new things. Step outside your comfort zone. Join a community that provides you support and accountability to help keep you on track.
Dive into personal development. Journal, read a book. STAY FOCUSED ON YOU! Always remember it is not too late, and you’re not too old. You are right on God’s Time.