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Dear Melissa, Look how you have changed over the past 7 years! Who would have thought you would go from eating fast food 5 times a day to competing in bodybuilding competitions? What a journey it has been, and I hope you are proud of the person you have become. As you continue to compete as a bikini athlete, please remember this is an iterative process. It is your continued focus, and dedication, that will help you become the athlete I know you can be. There are so many things in life you can’t control, but you determine your commitment and focus to this sport. With or without a trophy, you have changed your life and now help other people do the same. Your talents and purpose are defined by more than just your moment on stage. Dig deep, keep learning, and growing. Your future is bright, and I am excited to see what it so come. Love always, Me #tbt #throwbackthursday #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #weightlossmotivation #weightlosssuccess #bikinicompetitor #bikiniathlete #mastersbikini #mastersbodybuilding #bestself #blackfitness #blackfitnessnow #liftheavy #girlswithmuscle #notetoself
Melissa lost 50 pounds. Changing her eating habits and jumping rope made for a powerful combination. Check out what she shared with us.
What was your motivation?
I went home for Thanksgiving in 2013 and my father confronted me about my weight gain.
What inspired you when you wanted to give up?
Once I started losing weight, I wanted to continue to lose more and knew that I had to make healthy choices to continue to be successful.
How did you change your eating habits?
I gave up pizza and french fries for 90 days and lost 10 pounds. Next, I prepped all my meals and focused on lean meats, fruits and vegetables. All of my meals were made up of whole, real foods, not processed or manufactured foods.
What did your workout routines look like? How often did you workout?
During my weight loss journey, I jumped rope 3-4 days a week for 30 minutes. Jump roping was the only exercise I did. I joined a gym after I lost the weight.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting was 175 pounds and my current weight is 125 pounds. My height is 5’6″.
When did you start your journey?
I started in February 2014. The main part of my transformation has taken 15 months.
What advice do you have for others who want to lose weight?
Behavior change is required, not optional, for sustainable weight loss. Educate yourself on the foods you are eating and understand what they do to your body.
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