Transformation of the Day: Monet lost 210 pounds naturally over the course several years. When she flatlined while in recovery after having emergency surgery, that was her wakeup call. By changing her lifestyle, she as able to beat PCOS and give birth to 2 beautiful childen during her journey. Check out her story.
What was your motivation? What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up?
My motivation was the fact that I had to have an emergency surgery on Sept. 10th, 2014, which was one month and 7 days before my 30th birthday. During recovery, as they were trying to bring me back from being under anesthesia, I flatlined several times due to being overweight. I was at my highest known weight of 374.8 pounds (height 5’4″) on that day (that’s after losing about 20 pounds before surgery). I told myself, “You can’t let yourself die from being fat. You’re not even 30 years old yet.”
Plus, I had no children at the time, and I was told that I’d never be a mom because of PCOS and a few other health issues. My desire TO LIVE AND BE A MOM NO MATTER WHAT pushed me to change my life FOREVER. I desperately wanted to prove the doctors wrong. I had/have so much living to do and so many things I hadn’t done yet.
When did you start your journey? How long did your transformation take?
I officially started in Sept 2014. I went from 374.8 pounds to 198 pounds in 10 months and then became pregnant. I have had two babies from 2016 to 2017. Started back on the journey again in Jan 2018 at 245 pounds, and now I weigh 165 pounds.
How did you change your eating habits?
During the first part of my journey, I cut out soda completely. I am not a “sweets” eater. Chips were my weakness. I stopped eating chips and actually started having several small meals a day. I didn’t consume more than 1500 calories a day. My problem wasn’t that I ate a lot. I usually only ate once a day, and I ate late because of my lifestyle. I didn’t realize how those habits were ruining my metabolism.
Then, In 2015, I became pregnant with my son after losing about 100 pounds. My PCOS had been reversed. So changed my diet again to accommodate my baby, but keep me at a healthy weight of 198 pounds. One month after having my son, I became pregnant with my daughter and continued that same diet/lifestyle change.
During the last part of my journey, I gained lots of weight from taking my Depo shot, so I tried Keto. I lost about 40 or 50 pounds on Keto alone after I’d reached a stall with everything else. Now, I’m an online Keto coach. I offer coaching, consults, tips, and help because as women we have to be there for each other.
Tell us about your workout routine.
I used to make sure to do cardio at least 30 mins EVERY SINGLE DAY. I also did small things like parking further from the grocery store, work, and malls so I could walk more. I started taking the stairs any time I could. I also did light weight training, lots of swimming and spent time in the sauna. During the last part of my journey (on Keto), I only walked for 1 hr each day broken up into 20-minute intervals. I did that because Keto doesn’t require exercise to be successful. I’m active every day, even if it’s just a little. I workout at least 5 days a
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?
No, but I did recently have a Tummy Tuck skin removal on my stomach on Oct 27th, 2018. I am a little over a month post-op.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
That TEARS WEIGH more than FAT. Also, until you fix your emotional issues and your past and present pain, you won’t truly be successful… no matter what you do or try. You won’t be successful until you shed the weight that isn’t physical.
What advice do you have for other women who want to lose weight?
No matter how many times you have to START OVER just never STOP. Keep going, and make sure you are changing for you and for the right reasons. Do your research, learn your body, and remember that it’s a LIFESTYLE change.