Transformation of the Day: LaShonta lost 49 pounds. This Alpha Kappa Alpha soror has gone from a size 18 to a size 10. After a lifetime of struggling with her weight, she created the support system she needed to succeed and became disciplined when it came to her eating and exercise habits.
Since I can remember, I’ve always struggled with my weight. I was overweight as a child and as an adult. I was made fun of in middle school and high school due to my weight. In 2016, I decided to take my health back. At the time, I was at the heaviest weight I’ve ever been: 242 pounds. I was able to lose 37 pounds, but I gained 23 pounds of it back within the year. I continued to struggle. I gave up and went back to my old ways.
In July 2017, my schedule permitted for me to workout the way I wanted. My starting weight was 228 pounds. I started training with my long time trainer Kelvin Bennett at Train 36ixty twice a week. I also joined Strong Fitness where I worked out three times a week with my trainer Shay. I began going to Zumba with LaNora Henry at Train 36ixty four times a week as well. I worked out as much as four times per day! I would run 3-4 miles, and sometimes until the treadmill cut off.
I stopped eating meat. I only ate seafood, vegetables, fruit and nuts. I drank nothing but water! I began to get extremely creative with my meals when I wanted to cook at home. I made meatless spaghetti using spaghetti squash as my noodles. I would also drink two protein shakes as a meal replacement, one for breakfast and one for dinner. Along with this, I would eat a meal for lunch and three snacks.
By December of 2017, I weighed 179 pounds. I’ve gone from a size 18 to a size 10. Now, I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in my life. My conditioning is unbelievable. I can do push-ups, and I actually love to run now.
I come from a family where most of my family members are obese (mostly on my father’s side), which motivated me to lose weight. There were days when I didn’t want to workout nor eat healthy, but I would tell myself, “You’ve come this far, there’s no turning back.” Also, I have a cousin who started her weight loss journey at the same time I did. We worked out together just about everyday. We inspired and motivated each other to keep going. She’s an amazing accountability partner.
My weight loss journey helped me to really find myself all over again as a young woman, and to fall in love with myself. I remember trying on a onesie at Victoria’s Secret and being able to fit it. I literally screamed in the dressing room. I’ve never been able to wear a onesie from Victoria’s Secret. I’ve become overly obsessed with maintaining my weight and continuing to workout. I cleaned out my closet thoroughly, and I got rid of all of my bigger clothes. I felt as though it would help me keep going and really make my weight loss a lifestyle!
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