Transformation of the Day: Latoija lost 121 pounds. On April 9, 2020, she made the decision to take control of her health and reclaim her body. Her healthy routine included working out consistently, counting calories, tracking macros, and making healthier food choices.
What was your motivation? What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up?
I was in the shower on April 9, 2020, and I was in so much pain that I just stopped mid-shower and said to myself, “I can’t keep going on like this. I can’t take this pain!” That day I made the decision that I would take control of my health and do better.
I was inspired to keep going because I never want to be in that position of feeling defeated, trapped, and bound by my weight. I never want to be in that much pain ever again. I never want to feel like my weight is holding me back ever again.
How did you change your eating habits?
I started with lowering my calories per day to 1200-1500 a day, and on one of those seven days, I ate 1800-1900 calories. I chose blueberries, apples, and cucumbers over chips, cookies, and candy. I ate scrambled eggs with mozzarella on top with extra salsa poured over it as my breakfast (Tuscan Scramble). Some mornings, I would eat a cup of oatmeal but never both. I would either eat the Tuscan Scramble or oatmeal. Also, I was part of a Macro Counting program led by Gabrielle Flowers @GabeFixFitness on Instagram. Her program is called “Fix My Eats.”
What did your workout routine consist of? How often did you work out?
My only workout was walking and some home workouts. I walked five days a week, 3 miles each day. As my body got stronger, I worked my way up to 5 miles, five days a week. I also did home workouts twice a week that Gabrielle Flowers would recommend from her “Fix My Eats” program.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 272 pounds. My current weight is 151 pounds.
What is your height?
My height is 5’4”.
How long did your transformation take?
It took me one year and three months to lose 121 pounds.
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?
No surgery, no supplements, just all-natural weight loss.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
I’ve learned that giving up stops progress and only makes the situation worse. When you keep going, that opens doors to you reaching your goal.
What advice do you have for women who want to lose weight?
Always be learning. Dedicate your life to understanding the body’s hormones and how they work when it comes to weight loss. Watch Dorian Wilson on YouTube. Watch Dr. Sten Ekberg on YouTube. Each of those resources will help you learn about weight loss and the body.