Micha lost 28 pounds. After several surgeries for recurring tumors, she experienced significant weight gain. Five months ago, she decided to take action and change her lifestyle. She credits intermittent fasting and having a strong support system as being two keys to her success.
After four surgeries due to recurring tumors, I went from 130 pounds to 188 pounds. I’ve battled with my weight for the past seven years. About four months ago, I finally found a lifestyle change that works for me. Intermittent fasting and having a support group have been the keys I needed. I am now down 28 pounds and counting. My joints feel so much better, and I am truly grateful.
What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up?
What inspired me was following more coaches and fitness groups on social media. I believe we naturally buy into the things we view daily. The first support group I joined is called Queens of Strength (Facebook group).
How did you change your eating habits?
Intermittent fasting has been the key for me. I only eat between 12 and 8 pm, and, for the most part, it is healthy food. I have significantly limited sugar, although I enjoy a dessert on a special occasion. Outside of 12-8, I only have coffee, tea, or water.
What did your workout routine consist of? How often did you work out?
If I can be totally honest, I haven’t started working out yet. In the past, when I changed my food and exercise habits at the same time, I would eventually quit. This time I decided to focus only on food first. I will begin to exercise this month.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 188 pounds. My weight as of this morning is 160 pounds.
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When did you start your journey?
I began my journey about five months ago. I have learned that slow and steady wins the race. In the past, I used crash diets and lost weight fast, but I eventually gained it all back. This is the first time I am maintaining and continuing my journey.
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?
I have not had surgery.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
I have learned that the same process does not work for everyone, which is one of the primary reasons I LOVE BWLW. Every feature is inspiring. I have had the goal to be featured on this site for well over a year, but I did not put in the work until five months ago. Now, my confidence is up, I feel great, and I can share with others.
What advice would you like to share with women who want to lose weight?
My advice would be not to tell many people about your journey. It causes too many opinions about what you are doing. Just do it. Tell a small support group and get a coach. You don’t need to spend a lot of money. Follow a bunch of coaches or people who inspire you. Trust me. It is so much better to keep your circle small. People will start to notice, and you can talk about it after it is already paying dividends.
Also, groups like Black Women Losing Weight show you that all journeys are not the same. Find the groove that works for you and stick with it.