PCOS Warrior: Keshena lost 38 pounds. This young lady didn’t let Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome stop her from creating a better, healthier life. Healthy eating, green smoothies, exercise and a new mindset were key to her success. Check out her story.
What was your motivation?
I just wanted to live a healthier and better life. I’ve struggled my whole life with my weight and having PCOS. I lost 55 lbs when I was 25/26 years old, but I gained it all back and then some. At 29 years old, I knew enough was enough, because I’d moved to Houston for a better life and opportunities. Now, at 30 years old, I’ve lost 38 pounds, with about 35 more to go.
How did you change your eating habits?
I eat the things I love, but in moderation. I also watch my carb intake and regularly make green smoothies. I love green smoothies! I was introduced to them by JJ Smith’s green smoothie cleanse book and learned to incorporate kale and spinach to my diet. I try to limit my carbs because that’s what’s recommended for women with PCOS. For one meal of the day, I’ll choose a carb. It could be brown rice, potato (sweet or white) or beans. I eat lots of fish/seafood, chicken and ground turkey. My go-to meals are taco salad with a little real cheese (no sour cream). I also love Cajun baked chicken with cauliflower and broccoli, paired with guacamole. On the weekends, I typically eat what I want for just one meal of each day. I am not a big fan of sweets, so I was able to cut that out with no problem. I only drink water and those sparkling ice (sparkling water) drinks for flavor. I finally feel like I have a better mindset when it comes to food.
What did your workout routines look like?
I exercise 2-3 days week, doing cardio and strength training. I also workout with my personal trainer one day a week. My workouts are anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. I do a lot of HIIT at the gym and Zumba. I workout at home, jump rope and walk a lot during the work day. I take advantage of my time at work by walking with patients and assisting my co-workers.
I lost 38 pounds with 35 lbs more to go. My height is 5’8″. No surgery. I did it naturally through diet, exercise and vitamins.
How long did your transformation take?
It’s been about 9 months this go around.
What advice do you have for others who want to lose weight?
Take your time. Enjoy and accept yourself in all phases of your weightloss journey.
Facebook and Instagram: @KeshenaWrites
“I am an author, I just released my first book! I’ve noticed that many of your members experience PCOS like I do. I wrote about my journey with it, including my struggles with weight. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine disorder that affects the reproductive and metabolic systems of young girls and women. Statistics says that 1 in 10 women have it and may not know it. The symptoms include infertility, weight gain and hormonal imbalance… just to name a few.”