Latoya lost 75 pounds and maintained her success for almost 4 years with Zumba, healthy eating habits and the will to always get back up again after failing off course. Her hard work and determination paid off. Check out her story.
I started my journey in November of 2014. At that time I weighed 240 pounds at 5 feet, 2.5 inches tall. It took me about 7 months to get to my goal weight of 165 pounds. (My current weight is 170lbs) I was a yo-yo dieter for years and could never stick with any plan that I tried.
My ultimate motivation for wanting to become a healthier ME came from seeing some family members who had become dependent on medications for diabetes, hypertension, etc. I made up in my mind that I did NOT want to travel down that road, so I had to CHANGE my mindset.
The MIND is a very powerful thing, Ladies, but one of the first changes that I made when I began my journey was eating off of a smaller plate. By doing this, my mind was tricked by seeing a full plate, and I actually felt full when eating proper portion sizes.
When it came to food, I found something that worked for me and ran with it. I never ate breakfast (personal choice). For lunch, I did lettuce wraps and a green apple or berries. For dinner, I had grilled/baked chicken and green beans. I cut out all beverage options except water. That was my menu for three LONNNG months – NO cheat days.
When it came to working out, I incorporated a lot of cardio and circuit training. I worked out about 4-5 times a week. I loved doing Zumba so much that I got my license and started teaching classes 6 days a week. As I stated before it took me about 7 months to get to my goal weight. I have been able to maintain my weight for the past 3 years.
The biggest lesson I have learned through this process is that it doesn’t matter how many times you fall off the wagon as long as you get back up and keep pushing. This has become my way of life. I thank God for giving me the strength and willpower to continue to PUSH. Ladies, I know this is not an easy feat, but start with small changes to your diet and gradually add on more healthy habits. HARD WORK + DETERMINATION = RESULTS