Weight Loss Transformation of the Day: Latasha lost 75 pounds in 11 months, after battling her weight for years. She found out that she was at risk for stroke and sought out a personal trainer for the help she needed. Here is what she shared with us about how she lost the pounds…
My name is Latasha and I’m 39 years old. Although I’m quite outgoing, I’ve been struggling with my weight for over 15 years. I’ve tried Weight Watchers, the Atkins diet, and several different weight loss pills over the years. In March 2014, I noticed that I was having difficulty breathing. Just to walk or move around I would sweat profusely and I would feel extremely tired. When I would go to bed at night, I felt as if I was drowning and I felt smothered. I went to the doctor to find out that I was on the verge of a stroke. My body was telling me, enough is enough! My boss at the time pulled me to the side and told me that she noticed that I was gaining a lot of weight. She referred me to her trainer in Lancaster, TX, Jay Jackson, who is also a nutritionist. (Instagram: @Jay.Jackson.773776) I was skeptical to meet him at first, due to my past experiences with trainers and also I was a little scared. On our first meeting he asked me what were my goals, what I wanted to accomplish and why. He made me feel comfortable and I was excited to get started. My healthy living journey started in May 2014.
A few weeks after working out with my trainer, I started my trainer’s weight control program called the J42. His plan helped me stay focused, while losing unwanted pounds naturally. Instead of eating unhealthy food like donuts, hamburgers, cookies, ice cream and pizza, I now prepare meals that consist of baked fish, chicken, turkey, fruits and veggies. I also eat out much less than I used to. I never realized that eating healthier alone, gives me much more energy. I work out with my trainer twice a week. On the other days, I walk/run, lift weights and take exercise classes at my local gym.
Going through this journey has taught me that it’s not about being a certain size, but it’s about my overall health and feeling better. I have my good days and bad days like anybody else, but what keeps me motivated is seeing my hard work not go in vain. So far, I’ve lost 75 pounds in 11 months. My starting weight was over 300 pounds, currently I weigh 229 pounds, and I’m 5’8″ tall.
My advice to others is to trust the process, be patient with oneself and work hard to achieve your weight-loss goal.