Transformation of the Day: Keshia lost 33 pounds. After years of trying to change her lifestyle, she realized that she had to change her relationship with food. She worked out, ate more alkaline, healthy foods, and learned how to push thru the rough patches on her journey. Check out what she shared with us.
What was your motivation? What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up?
I was the heaviest I had ever been, at 178 pounds. I wasn’t happy with how I looked. I was becoming more depressed, I felt out of control, and I could feel a difference in my body that I didn’t like.
I tried to lose weight for a while by going to the gym, but my poor eating habits wouldn’t let me see a difference. The problem was, I really couldn’t control what I ate. A lot of times, I wouldn’t even be hungry. My body would just crave something, and I ate it, even if that meant stuffing myself to the point of feeling sick. At one point, someone close to me flat out called me fat one day and told me that I let myself go. It really hurt me, but I made it a point to continue my journey to get back to myself (physically and emotionally) and get control over my eating. So this weight loss was for me, but it always feels good to be able to imaginary hair flip on those who weren’t so nice.
When did you start your journey? How long did your transformation take?
I was my heaviest in June 2018, and I started to see results in September 2018. I reached my current weight in April 2019, but I’m still going. My next phase will be working on dropping more fat and building muscle.
How did you change your eating habits?
I started by not eating out as much and incorporating more fruits and vegetables into my diet. I also stopped eating meat for a few months. I didn’t see a change in weight, but I noticed some inches lost. I also started incorporating fasting into my routine.
I did the master cleanse, which I did for nine days. That was recommended to me by my trainer (to do for at least three days), but I went a bit longer. I felt a lot better after it, but unfortunately, it was right around the holidays, and I fell back into my bad eating habits again. I started eating meat during the holidays.
In January, I decided to stop eating meat again, with the exception of seafood. I also cut back on dairy and tried to eat predominantly alkaline foods that are on Dr. Sebi’s nutritional guide. I also did a 7-day water fast for healing; where I only consumed water. The fast helped me get more control over my eating. You start to appreciate food more when you go some time without it, and you’re more intentional with what you eat.
If I want something, I eat it. I try not to deprive myself, so I don’t feel the urge to binge. However, I’m more focused on healing my body now, so I stock my fridge with foods that help me do that, and I meal prep.
What did your workout routine consist of?
I moved to NYC in January, and I walk a lot. I reach 10,000 steps most days. As soon as I moved here, the weight started falling off. Before that, while I was in Georgia, I had a fantastic personal trainer, @neeshtoofly, who really pushed me. I worked out with her two times a week, doing weight training. SOMETIMES at home, with no particular routine, I would jump rope (1000 skips), lift small weights, and do short HIIT YouTube workouts. Most of the time, I only worked out twice a week at the gym with my trainer.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 178 pounds, and my current weight fluctuates between 147-145lbs. Today, I weigh 145 pounds.
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What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
That I have the power to do anything I want. It may take some time, but I will get there. Also, a woman’s body is amazing. My body has endured all of the crap I put it through and has pushed past limits when my mind tried to tell it that it couldn’t go forward.
What advice do you have for others who want to lose weight?
Don’t give up. It’s easy to do that when you have a slip-up. I would slip up, and keep eating junk for another week until the next Monday rolled around and I re-started my diet. If you do that, you won’t get to your goal. Accept your slip-up (even enjoy it), but get back on track the next day.
If I can do it, you can too. Just start making small changes. You will begin to make it a lifestyle and see changes over time. Be patient with the process. Take lots of pics and compare them each month. Also, don’t focus so much on the scale.