Today’s weight loss story: The fabulous Lakesha lost 178 pounds by eating right and working out on the regular. Although she had been approved for weight loss surgery, she decided not to go through with it. Here is what she shared with us about her weight loss journey:
“I’m sure I topped the scales at well over 400 pounds at one point in my life. By the time I was sick and tired of being fat, I weighed in at 388 pounds. At that point, I felt like gastric bypass surgery was my cure all. Getting approved for the surgery was fairly easy. I had a surgery date set in August of 2008.
There was a still voice telling me I hadn’t given it my all and before I went through with this life changing procedure, I owed it to myself to give it my all.
I am living proof that giving it your all will get you the results you desire. I started my journey in January 2009. Like most it was my new year’s resolution, but this time I chose to dig deeper and I prayed everyday. I asked God to give me the strength, stamina and endurance to go on even when I didn’t feel like going on. He answered my prayers, but I also did my part with making the right food choices and I exercised five to six days a week. The three D’s are a staple in my life Dedication…Determination & Discipline.
The last time I weighed myself I was down a total of 178 pounds. At one point, I was thinking I can’t wait to show my before and after photo. Truth is… after never comes. It’s a journey that doesn’t end. It’s a lifestyle and I’m in it for the long haul. It’s not an easy journey in the beginning, but it’s so worth it. I swear I’ve never felt this great in my life. It’s not about being skinny or just smaller. It is a plus to being smaller because the clothes are not as expensive and I have choices. I can shop in any store I want.
It’s about not being worried if a seat is too small in certain places. It’s about being able to out run my children while we’re outside playing. It’s about taking care of me now so that I won’t be a burden to others later. It’s about having the energy to live and enjoy life.
I currently still work out five to six days a week that’s cardio & strength training. Don’t be afraid to lift weights it will help with the loose skin. I was so heavy that I still have some skin but I think it would have been a lot worse if I didn’t lift weights at all. I eat clean 75% of the time. I drink plenty of water. At minimum I drink a gallon a day. One thing to remember… you can’t out train a bad diet. Don’t waste your time or money going to a gym if you don’t plan to change what you are eating. It starts in the kitchen.
You and only you can make the changes necessary to live a healthy life. You are in control of every bite and nibble you taste. Exercise that self control and see where it takes you. Eating healthy and exercising is a CHOICE. Make the right choice for you!!!
I have no regrets about my weight loss journey. I feel good!!!