Transformation of the Day: LaShon lost 56 pounds. This mom of two was tired of being tired and having to struggle to do simple things. She wanted to be the best version of herself for herself and her family. She was willing to brave Chicago winter mornings, meal prep regularly and put in work in the gym to lose the pounds. I think her words will show you that if you make room for the change and commit, it can happen for you!
My name is LaShon and I am a 36 year old mom of 2 small children, ages 1 and 4 years old. My motivation was my myself and my children. I got tired of struggling to do simple things for them. Giving them a bath was a chore. I was always tired from doing everyday tasks. I knew that I owed it to myself to be the best version of me that I could be for myself, my husband and my children. The person that I had become was sad, depressed and could barely put her socks on without a struggle. I had to do something quick.
Eating habits: I was a former athlete and gym rat, so I always knew what to do to lose weight. I did what always worked for me in the past. Meal prep is the key. Every Sunday, I prepped all of my meals for the entire week. I ate a 1200-1500 calorie diet which consisted of 3 main meals a day–breakfast, lunch and dinner. I would snack whenever I got hungry, but made sure that my snacks were healthy and low in calories (i.e. fruit, 100 calorie snacks, raw veggies, yogurt, etc). I also avoided dairy and meat. The protein in my meals were vegan faux meats. I would have a green veggie and a sweet potato along with a spinach salad with just apple cider vinegar on it. I was eating a lot of dairy based sweets before I started my weight loss journey because I am a sugar junkie. I replaced my love of sweets with fruit.
Workout routine: My workout routine was crazy! I was nursing my infant son, and getting up and pumping milk before going to 5 am and 6 am bootcamp, 3 mornings a week. Then I would take the kid’s to the gym with me on Saturdays and I would take 3 one hour classes with a mix of cardio and strength training. Then, on sunday, I’d take 2 one hour cardio classes. Also, during my lunch break I would do the elliptical machine for 30 minutes 3 or 4 days out of the week. I was a woman on a mission!
Starting and current weight: My starting weight was 211 pounds in January 2015 and now my weight is 155 pounds. I lost 56 pounds. Height: 5′ 6”.
How long did it take: My transformation took 6 months. January 2015 to June 2015.
Advice for others who want to lose weight: “How tired are you?”, is the question I always ask people? Are you just tired or are you so tired that you are ready to make a change? You have to believe it and see it mentally before anything else starts. Then you have to act on it. You have to want it–want it so much you do things you can’t even believe. I was waking up at 4 am to pump milk and going out in the Chicago winter in January and February to be at 5 am bootcamp with little sleep because my son did not sleep through the night. Every time I think about it, I don’t know how I did it every week, but I was determined to be happy again and to get my life back. I did! I got my life back.