Zeta Phi Beta Soror Melz lost 65 pounds and is documenting her journey on Facebook and Instagram (@fitgrlmelz). I wanted to share her story as the Success Story of the Day, because I love it when people share their weight release journey in pictures with the world to give hope to others.
What was your motivation?
I had three family members go into the hospital within one month with side effects stemming from Type II diabetes. My mother and brother both had simple infections that were made way worse because of it. At that point, I said I don’t want this life so I began walking.
How did you change your eating habits?
At first, I used Herbalife and still ate what I wanted, just in moderation. About 8 months into my journey, I started researching foods that promote a flat stomach. I then started to do weekly meal prep of brown rice, vegetables, chicken/tilapia/salmon.
What did your workout routines look like?
I started with walking and Zumba, then started jogging. Later I began weight lifting. I was adding a new element of exercise every 2-3 months.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
I started at 283 pounds and got down to 210 pounds. I’m currently 218 pounds.
How long did your transformation take?
I’ve been on my journey for a year and 5 months (still going).
What advice do you have for others who want to lose weight?
Start slow, don’t get discouraged, try healthy swaps until you’re ready for a full “food overhaul”, and don’t be afraid to lift weights!!