Transformation of the Day: Marissa lost 80 pounds. She wanted to break the cycle of illness that she saw in her family line and come off of high blood pressure medication by the age of 30. She learned how to make progress without giving up all the foods she loves. Check out her journey.
What was your motivation?
I got fed up and knew I had to make some changes not only for me, but for my family and my future family.
What inspired you to keep going when you wanted to give up?
When I wanted to give up, I remembered why I started. I was determined to come off my blood pressure medications by my 30th birthday. I knew the only way things would change was if I actually changed them. I thought about the preventable sicknesses and illnesses that my family members dealt with in the past and are currently dealing with. I didn’t want that unhealthy cycle to continue.
How did you change your eating habits?
I started my diet regimen based on portion control with Beachbody programs. I didn’t do it to a T, but I learned a ton of valuable info when it comes to eating. I am a major foodie, so I knew that I did not want to give up EVERYTHING that I love to eat. I started eating everything in moderation and making healthy swaps for my meals. Instead of a double bacon cheeseburger with fries, I would eat a bunless bacon cheeseburger by itself or with a piece of fruit afterwards. I did give up juice and soda after I really started paying attention to the nutrition side of things. The sugar and carb count for juice and soda is outrageous. I would rather eat my carbs than drink them.
What did your workout routine look like?
I knew I had to find something I loved to do workout wise or I would not stick to it. I started doing the Country Heat Program from Beachbody because I love to dance. I was doing that 5-6 times a week for 30-35 minutes. I made sure to have a rest day each week.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
I currently weigh 164 pounds. When I started my journey in July 2016, I weighed 244 pounds. My height is 5’7″.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
The biggest lesson I have learned so far is to not give up based on whether the scale is moving. Also, don’t let anyone keep you from doing what you want to do. If you make it up in your mind and you are serious about it, the results are endless.
When did you start your journey?
I started my journey in July 2016. When I started, I never imagined I would be where I am now.
What advice do you have for people who want to lose weight?
If there was only thing I could tell you to help you be successful in your weight loss journey, it is to be CONSISTENT. Don’t give up based on the numbers on the scale.
Weight loss is a process that you have to keep working at if you really want to see those rewards. Find something that works for you and stick to it. Don’t worry about how quickly or slowly you lose the weight. Slow and steady ALWAYS wins the race. #iammyownbodygoals