Transformation of the Day: Keisha lost 61 pounds. She remembered that she didn’t have many photos of her mother because she avoided photos due to her weight. This mom of two didn’t want her children to have fewer memories of her for the same reasons. Instead of dieting, she wanted to change her lifestyle and get lasting results. Check out how she did it.
I’m a 35 year old mother of two toddlers. One day, I was going through the pictures in my phone and noticed that I wasn’t included in most of them. I started to think about my younger years, and realized that I don’t have many pictures with my mom in them because she was overweight. I didn’t want my children to have a faded memory of me because of how I felt about myself. That was the day that I decided to focus on changing my lifestyle, not just dieting!
Some of the unhealthy foods I cut out were cake, cookies and late night desserts. One of the main healthy foods I make sure that I eat every day is eggs. I drink a lot of water and a lot of green tea. I try my hardest not to eat after 7 p.m. or before 7 a.m. so that my body gets a 12-hour fast each day. I decided to continue to enjoy food and just have some things in moderation.
I do a three mile walk, 5 times a week. If not walking, I do some kind of activity for 45 minutes. I use Richard Simmons or Hip Hop Abs DVDs. Recently, I got into working out with Xtreme Fitness with Phil videos at home. Joining Fitbit challenges with my friends help a lot as well.
When I started this process, I weighed 226 pounds at 5 foot 7 inches tall. Now, I weigh 165 pounds. I can see myself hitting my goal weight of 145 pounds before July 2017. I don’t keep a strict routine because I wanted it to be a lifestyle. I like the new me. I started my journey last year in April 2016, but I didn’t really get serious and strict until August. In August, I weighed 210 pounds.
The best advice I can give to anyone who wants to lose weight is eat breakfast. Don’t skip it. Also, start over if you fail. You don’t have to wait till the next day or the next weekend. You can start over that day, that minute. Take a chance on yourself. Just do it.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that it’s a process. The weight doesn’t come off fast. It’s all about willpower. I still feel myself from time to time, but I enjoy the fact that I can restart. If I mess up in the morning, I’ve already restarted and recommitted by lunch.