Transformation of the Day: Krystal lost 103 pounds. Being a student, having a baby and caring for her ailing mother didn’t leave a lot of time to deal with the pounds she was gaining. After the loss of her mother, this Alpha Kappa Alpha soror took the time to rebuild her self and weight loss was part of the equation.
What was your motivation?
I have always been on the heavier side, even as a child. I started off thick and watched my weigh increase every year. I always wanted to take control, but couldn’t find time. I was caring for my mother who was battling lupus and constantly remained sick or in and out the hospital. Along with college, grad school, and having a baby, I couldn’t put me first and the pounds continued to pile on. After the loss of my mom, I started to focus more on me and put everyone else aside. I used this sad time to rebuild myself and I lost 100 pounds. I have vowed to keep going in memory of my mother.
How did you change your eating habits?
I cut out all white foods. That means no starches or sugar. Used the motto “if it’s white, it’s not right.”, lol. I began this process by cutting out sugary drinks and I started seeing the pounds come off. Then I said, “Let me see what happens if I add a strick diet plan and exercise.”
What did your workout routines look like?
After my mother passed away, I had nothing but time and wanted to be alone. I took this unwanted extra time to better myself. I started exercising at least 5 times a week, training myself to run. In the past, I despised running and did not have the endurance. Now, I enjoy it and it has helped me shed the weight. I can now run 3 miles easily and I combine my running with weight training.
Starting weight/Current weight
My starting weight was 297 pounds and my current weight is 194 pounds. My height is 5’8″.
How long did your transformation take?
What advice do you have for other people who want to lose weight?
Don’t focus on the numbers in the scales. Take pictures throughout and look at them to see your progress. The pictures are a major motivating factor