Transformation of the Day: Mahlet lost 114 pounds. This second year grad student wanted to avoid a family history of heart disease and diabetes. She also wanted her freedom and confidence back. Working hard in the gym and going cold turkey when it came to eating healthy has certainly worked for her. Check out her transformation story.
What was your motivation? What inspired you when you wanted to give up?
My main motivation was to be healthy! My family has a long history of heart disease and diabetes. I knew that would be my fate if I didn’t control my weight. I also wanted my freedom and confidence back. I was sick of consistently dieting with no change and hiding under black, oversized clothes. I was sick of just wishing things were different for me.
Black Women Losing Weight helped me a lot and kept me motivated. I can’t describe how empowering it is to see women just like me losing so much weight. Story after story, I knew it was possible for me too. So, I just put in the extra effort.
How did you change your eating habits?
I took a dramatic cut in my intake of all unhealthy carbs, sugar and fats. I know you’re supposed to ease in to it, but I was desperate for change. For the most part, I had fruits and veggies for breakfast and dinner. I treated myself with Lean Cuisine for lunch. I also drink a lot of hot water mixed with lemon throughout the day. I was a challenging diet, but once my body got used to it, most of my cravings stopped.
What did your workout routine look like? How often did you workout?
I joined a boot camp/boxing gym. I worked my butt off 5 days a week for 2 hours. I did this for close to 6 months. Once most of my weight was off and I had the motivation to keep going on my own, I decided that the private gym was too expensive for me. I went to my local gym, where attended yoga, dance jam and kickboxing classes Monday to Friday.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
I started at 246 pounds and I currently weigh 132 pounds. My height is 5’3″. Surgery was not part of my journey.
When did you start your journey?
I officially started in February 2016.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
Nothing is impossible. Effort will carry you as far as you want to go.
What advice do you have for other people who want to lose weight?
Make a decision and don’t allow yourself to look back or fall back. Also, surround yourself with people who will keep you motivated. For example, this group is a great support system.