Transformation of the Day: Malika lost 82 pounds. Changing her mindset was key to her success. Once she understood what the weight represented in her life, she was able to address releasing the pounds in a new way. She became a raw vegan, eating lots of whole, real food. Check out her journey.
Starting Weight: 217 pounds (2014)
Current Weight :135 pounds (2017)
My name is Malika Stewart-Bey and this is a bit of my journey. I was recently asked what made me lose the weight. I replied, “I think the real question is what made me gain the weight in the first place.” Every aspect of this journey has been a “mind thing”. Once I was able to understand that the weight was a comfort, I was then able to thank the weight for comforting me when needed, and inform the weight that it was no longer needed. In my mind, I began to envision myself in a way that was more strength-based.
In 2013, I began going to the gym everyday for 6 months straight, with no weightloss results. As a vegetarian of 15 years at that time, I decided veganism was the lifestyle that resonated with my being most of all. In August of 2014, I became vegan. Just by eating organic products, more
fruits and vegetables and drinking lots of water, I lost the first 20 pounds that year. Once I moved to Los Angeles in August of 2015, I realized that a mostly raw vegan diet provided optimal living and optimal energy. I began to crave whole, real, raw foods and my palate changed.
Living in the city, my lifestyle changed. Due to parking issues, I may have to walk several blocks, with several bags. A lot of people would become frustrated at the “inconvenience” of the city life, but I embrace it. Now, I walk much faster and embrace all of the bags that I am carrying. I even curl the bags as I walk! My lifestyle is more active and the world is my gym! Also, I try to dance a few times a week!
My advice for others who desire to release the weight, is to understand that it is an inside job. The work starts in your mind. Forgive yourself, love yourself and allow your lifestyle to reflect that love!
PS: I will be competing in the Miss West Coast Pageant on July 16th. I have a message to share.
and I feel that becoming Ms. West Coast could allow me to really discuss my weight release journey.