Transformation of the Day: Kiara lost 71 pounds. This busy young single mom has found the energy and time to change her lifestyle while working full time and being a full time college student. At the end of her pregnancy, she decided that it was time to commit to real change and leave the quick fix and fads behind. Check out how she released the weight.
I am a 22 year old single mother of one, a full-time college student and a full time worker. I have struggled with my weight all of my life. I have yo-yo’d up and down like no other. Over the years, I’ve gone from losing weight and beasting it during workouts to letting it all go and becoming a lazy bum.
In October 2015, I completely changed my life. I’d got up to my highest weight of 295 pounds. I was TIRED and EXHAUSTED! I was in utter disbelief, because I had always told myself I’d never let myself get to 300 pounds and guess who was knocking at 300’s door? ME! After giving birth, I knew it was time for a change, but in the back of my mind I had a question.What was going to make this time different than any other time I tried to lose weight? What was going to keep me motivated enough, determined enough, focused enough and strong enough THIS TIME?
To this day I am unsure at times and I still struggle. I am still going through trial and error. The ONLY difference between THIS time and ALL the other times, is that I’m still in the race fighting to the finish! Stay tuned, weight loss IN PROGRESS!
How did you change your eating habits?
I have tried all kinds of fads and weight loss programs, such as weight watchers, Jenny Craig, pills, teas, shakes, etc. You name it, I’ve tried it. Ultimately, I had to give up the dream of a successful get slim quick scheme. I had to stop giving in to what was popular or what everyone else was doing, and figure out what worked for me. Through trial and error, I discovered the cure to my madness.
It wasn’t necessarily about giving anything up, it was more so knowing what I could eat and how much food I could eat. Portion control was key. I also did a lot of research on fasting and ruled intermittent fasting as the best thing for me. I could still eat what I wanted reasonably, I just had a specific time frame to do it all in. This helped me overall to still enjoy the foods I love while shedding the excess weight and freeing up my time. I spent less time worrying about what I would eat each day, and more time working on becoming the best version of myself.
What did your workout routines look like?
Like my diet, which was all over the place, I’m the beginning so was my workouts. I was lost, a got mess, I went from trying to be a “gym rat” , 2 hours in the gym, 2 times a day, every day, to doing more research and learning weightloss is 80% diet and 20% exercise, so i learned it wasn’t necessary not maintainable over a long period of time to do so much. I learned that if I could get in at least 30 minutes of day of extra physical activity, then that would be more achievable and have a greater long term impact to helping me not only reach but maintain my goals
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 295 pounds at 41 weeks pregnant in Oct 2015. My current weight is 224 pounds. I’m 5’6″ tall.
What advice do you have for others who want to lose weight?
Find what works for YOU. Even if you see someone who inspired or motivates you, what works for them may not work for you. Do your research and don’t waste time. If you’re tired of something, do something about it and change it. Don’t spend all of your time telling others what you’re going to do or overthinking things. Just do it!