Transformation of the Day: Laura lost 160 pounds. This young lady was dealing with depression, diabetes, high blood pressue and high cholesterol. Smoking and drinking were her coping mechanisms. She decided to turn her life around with clean eating and fitness… and hasn’t looked back. Check out how she did it.
I tried it all! I grew up as the biggest child in every single grade level. Diet attempt after diet attempt, I failed miserably. My motivation came from finding out how out of control my weight had become. I was diabetic, had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Also, my mobility was decreasing daily! I smoked and I drank every single day because of my depression. At the time, I was OK with falling asleep and not waking up.
One day, I went to the store one day and this little girl, who was with her father, pointed at me and said, “Look Daddy, she’s FAT!” That day, I decided that something needed to be done. The next day, I was scrolling down my Facebook feed and ran across this man by the name of Obona. He was promoting his fitness program by the name of Body By Obona. I watched the video, did my research and contacted him. That same day, I purchased a personalized meal plan and joined the fitness program that ultimately saved my life!
Not once did I want to give up during this journey, because I made up in my mind that it was life or death! I choose to live!
I wanted this transformation so bad that changing the way I ate wasn’t to hard. The diet that I was on allowed me 6 meals a day. No added sugars, salt or starches of any kind. I cut back on junk food and anything processed. I fill myself up with healthy carbs and protein, with minimal fruit intake.
I worked out and still work out every single day. It has become my lifestyle and I love it! 7 days a week for 1 1/2 to 2 hours a day. I do about an hour of weight training and 30-40 min of cardio each day.
Saying “no thank you” and removing myself from certain situations also allowed me to be successful on this journey.
In the beginning, I weighed in at 407 pounds. I now weigh 247 pounds. I am 6ft tall, my goal weight is 220-215 pounds and I’m almost there. I started this journey on August 1,2016. It took me 8 months to get to this weight without surgery! Just eating clean and working out!
My advice to anyone on a weight loss journey: Love yourself enough to give yourself 100%. Work hard and dedicate yourself. Never look back, always look forward. Remember, its a process and a battle. It’s not easy, but you are worth the battle!
I now am striving to be a Fitness Consultant and help others on their journeys. I have teamed up with my trainer Obona and I get people started on the same program that helped me. My journey is not over yet, its just beginning!