Transformation of the Day: Myia lost 40 pounds. This petite college student says that she gained the freshman 15 and then some. She reached a point where feeling tired, insecure and depressed was no longer acceptable to her. She shared with us about what she did to change her body and her lifestyle.
At the age of 19, I weighed 193 pounds and I was OBESE at 5 feet, 1 inch tall! Being a freshman in college and stressing out about numerous tests and papers, the only thing I counted on was food. I can truly say that the “Freshman 15” is definately real and I probably gained another 20 pounds on top of that. Although I was excelling in school, physically and mentally I was failing. I can remember starting my 2015 Spring semester depressed, insecure, and tired. Thats when I had to make a change.
I began drinking more water, eating clean, and working out. NO pills. NO waist trainers. NO slimming teas. Just pure determination and ambition. I began by incorporating more fresh fruits and veggies into my diet, along with lean meats such as turkey, fish, and chicken. I cut out the fast food, processed food, pork, red meat, fried food, soda and sugary drinks. I also changed the way I cooked. Instead of frying meats, I baked or grilled them.
I got a gym membership which motivated me to actually get up and go somewhere. When I would get to the gym I would do 15-20 mins of high intensity intervals of cardio, then I would lift weights. I started off light and once my strength increased, I went for heavier weights. I work out at least 3-4 times a week.
Today, I am 40 pounds lighter! I am now confident, happy, and energized! This past year on my journey was not easy, but the results I’ve seen have kept me going and I will NOT stop! I began my transformation on January 15, 2015 so I excited to say I just celebrated my one year anniversary.
The advice I would give to women and young college students:
Believe in yourself. If there is a goal that you want to reach, have the confidence in your heart to know that you can do it! Yes, there will be people who may not believe in you. Yes, there will be days that you want to give up and throw in the towel. However, if you can continue to get up and work for it, you will see the results that you’ve longed for. In the beginning, I was insecure and didnt like anything about my physical appearance, but over the course of this journey I’ve endured I began to love myself and even the flaws that came with it!