Transformation of the Day: LaCole lost 80 pounds. She started her second transformation journey four months postpartum. Back in 2019, she told us how she lost 114 pounds. Before getting pregnant with her son, she became a certified personal trainer and nutritionist, so she knew what to do to get back on track and get off high blood pressure medication.
What was your motivation? What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up?
This is my second weight loss journey after being pregnant and diagnosed with preeclampsia at 35 weeks pregnant. Four months into postpartum, I knew I had to get back on track.
What motivated me was that I was determined to get off blood pressure meds and stop having to check my blood pressure daily, which was stressful on top of dealing with postpartum depression.
I knew I needed to do it for me but most importantly for my son. He was and is my motivation. I know I want to be strong and healthy to be around for him. On the days I wanted to give up, I thought about my child and how important it was for me to be healthy mentally and physically for him.
How did you change your eating habits?
My eating habits switched to high protein and low carb. Of course, I counted my calories and burned half of what I ate. I drink nothing but water or sparkling water. I also stay away from sweets and eat primarily fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and fish.
What did your workout routine consist of? How often did you work out?
I started working out again at four months postpartum doing 1 hour on the treadmill. Then I added weight training to my routine three months later. Now I’m back to teaching cycling classes three days a week.
I work out every day. I mix it up with cardio and strength training with weights. I am a personal trainer and nutritionist, so basically, I was my own client. Thankfully, I got all my certifications before I got pregnant, so I knew what to do to get back on track.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My pregnancy weight was 245 pounds. My after-pregnancy weight was 230 pounds. Now, I weigh 165 pounds, and I’ve almost reached my last goal.
What is your height?
I am 5’2″.
When did you start your journey? How long did your transformation take?
I started my journey in September 2020. It has taken me almost a year to let go of 80 pounds after having my son.
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?
My weight loss is all-natural -nothing but exercise, water, and working out. I have not had weight loss surgery, and I’m not knocking anyone who has. You do what works and what is necessary for you.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
The biggest lesson I learned is that you have to put consistency and determination before motivation. You also have to trust the process.
What advice would you like to share with women who want to lose weight?
Figure out what works for you and stay consistent. Keep your eye on the prize, which is your health. Know that you deserve to be healthy and happy.