Transformation of the Day: Kinshasha lost 86 pounds. She battled the pounds for years and used various methods to release the weight, but nothing brought long term results. An online fitness program gave her the support and guidance she was looking for. Check out her story.
I have been on this fitness journey my entire adulthood. My heaviest weight was 360 pounds. I had weight loss surgery in 2008 and got down to 275 pounds. However, I became pregnant twice. During my pregnancies, I picked up weight that I carried afterward. I tried everything from shakes to smoothies to wraps to pills, etc. I was not having any success.
I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Since I’m the only active parent in my three children’s lives, I knew that I had to change what I was doing. My children needed me, and I know how close they are to me. I was afraid that they would have a difficult time moving forward with their lives without me.
My eating habits completely changed for the better. My doctor initially told me that I needed to stay away from carbs because my body wasn’t reacting well to carbs. My doctor also gave me a page and a half list of food I shouldn’t eat again. I felt as if I wouldn’t be able to eat anything again.
After doing some research, I stumbled across the Mpowered Fitness 30-day challenge. Coach Maria Collins was offering a healthy weekly meal plan, exercise routine with demos and daily coaching. I decided to give it a try because I didn’t know what I should do at that point.
I follow the weekly meal plan. Week 1 of the meal plan is detox week where we do not eat meat. For the 2nd week, we are eating balanced meals that introduce meat back into the plan. The remainder of the month is low carb for me. I love that I am still able to have a treat meal on a weekly basis that consists of the foods I love, such as pizza and tacos. I have found myself enjoying the food options that Coach has provided over the months. I typically eat those meals when we are having treat meals.
I have also been given a fitness profile that is based off my weight, height, and goals. My Coach gives me specific goals for calorie intake, fat, carbs, and protein so that I know what I need to eat to continue to lose weight (which is helpful especially when I am traveling).
When I started this process, I just walked for 30 minutes a day. Coach Maria provides us a recommended workout which consists of different levels. I started at the Steady level because I was not strong enough for Sporty. The exercise routine consists of 30 minutes of weight training and 30 minutes of cardio 6 days a week. By my third month, I moved up to the Sporty level. I still complete 30 minutes of weight training, but my target for cardio is 4.5 hours total each week. So far, I have not stepped one foot into a gym.
In the beginning, it was very touch for me to change because I was not used to eating healthy and working out. My body went into a complete shock, but Coach Maria Collins cheered me on while providing me with alternate exercises that I could do. Coach Maria also provides us with a live motivation session on Sundays. My fit sisters kept me motivated while holding me accountable for what I said my goals were.
My starting weight when I started with MPowered Fitness was 294 pounds, and my current weight is 208 pounds. My height is 5’11. I began my journey on April 2, 2018. As of today, I am 18 pounds away from my goal weight of 190 pounds.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that you do not have to eat chicken breast and salads to lose weight. I don’t have to be afraid of carbs, like pancakes, waffles, rice, etc. It is all about a balanced diet and learning how foods will react to your body.
My advice to the women out there who have tried and failed at losing weight is DO NOT GIVE UP. I know how you feel when you have tried various things, such as weight loss surgery, pills, shakes, wraps, smoothies, etc. I have tried everything, and this was my last hope.
Coach Maria‘s program has saved my life. The sisterhood in our FB group kept me going when I wanted to give up. Coach and those ladies will keep you motivated while cheering you on to the finish line. I can run again, live again, and most importantly I love myself again. I have gone from sitting on the couch to working out 6 days a week. I believe the world needs to know about the work my coach is doing.
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