Today’s weight loss success story: AKA Soror and BWLW online community member Keyla lost 117 pounds by reducing her caloric intake and exercising. I asked her to share about her weight loss journey:
I picked up 77 pounds in about 5 months. I didn’t see the weight change within myself at that time. I only had three pairs of pants I could wear. All three pairs of pants were black sweat pants with a different colored stripe on the side. I was miserable. I could not walk from one side of a parking lot to the other without being out of breath. When I started noticing how out of shape I was I started giving up hope and continued to eat whatever I wanted. I felt there was no way that I would ever be able to lose weight. My self-esteem was non existent. My attitude was horrible, and I isolated myself from the world.
“Eventually I had enough! I changed my lifestyle April 24th 2011. This is my second time losing weight however, this time I had even more weight to lose. My starting weight was 377.4 pounds and my current weight is now 260 pounds. My start pants size was a size 30W. I am now able to fit a size 18. My shirt size when I first started out was a size 24. I now fit XL tops from the junior department.
I reduced my caloric intake and hit the gym! I did an hour of cardio per day burning around 900-1000 calories per workout, 3 to 4 times a week. I did go to a nutritionist and I was put on a 1200 calorie diet back in 2003. 8 years later, I’ve gotten older obviously. The typical 1200 calorie diet did not work for me. I had to cut my calories even more to see any results. It was really a touch and go effort to lose weight because I had to figure out what foods I could and couldn’t eat in order to lose weight. No longer could I eat starches often. Mainly, I had to eat non-starchy vegetables.
For breakfast I have coffee, tea, and fruit. I only ate strawberries, apples, melons, or either oranges for breakfast. For lunch and dinner I would always have 3.5-4 ounces of lean protein and 3.5-4 ounces of non-starchy vegetables. I always drink a gallon of water per day and limit my diet soda intake to 36 ounces. As a result I’ve lost 117 pounds. I personally believe that if I can turn my life around then anybody can. Life is hard! Struggles are real but happiness is priceless!”