Nickey lost 36 pounds. This mother of five and grandmother of 2 dealing with high blood pressure, asthma, and the possibility of diabetes. She got results by walking and making practical changes to her eating habits. Going Keto is also part of her plan.
What was your motivation?
In February 2018, I weighed in at 225 pounds. I also had high blood pressure, asthma, and borderline diabetes. I’m 40 years old with five daughters and two grandkids whom I cherish so much. I want to be around to spend a lifetime with them, so I knew I had to make a change in my life and live healthier. I started taking my journey seriously in September 2018.
How did you change your eating habits?
I started making changes to my lifestyle, like walking every day and incorporating more fruits and veggies in my diet. I began eating smaller portions and drinking plenty of water. However, I still drink alcoholic beverages from time to time and indulge in unhealthy eating habits, but I do it in moderation. So I’m still not fully there yet, lol. BBQ ribs are my weakness, and I probably eat them about once a week.
What did your workout routine consist of?
I walk five times a week (Monday-Friday) at work because we have an indoor track. I walk 20 minutes a day for roughly a little over a mile.
What is your current weight?
I’m 5’1″, and I currently weigh 189 pounds. It may not seem like much, but it’s a lot to me considering I haven’t been under 200lbs in over 16 years. To be under 200lbs is a win for me! I still struggle every day to eat healthily and walk, because somedays I just don’t feel like it. I push through, and I keep it moving. My short term goal is 170-175 pounds, and my ultimate goal is 150 pounds. Although I didn’t reach my goal for January (170-175lbs), I know I will eventually meet it.
In December 2018, I got down to 194 pounds. I started Keto on 1/1/19, and I’ve lost 5 pounds doing that (which put me at the current weight of 189lbs). I feel like I should have lost more doing the Keto, but I had slacked up on walking the first couple weeks of January due to being ill. I’m getting back in the swing of things. I feel like I’m at a plateau so starting this week I’m going to incorporate strength training to start toning.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
The biggest thing I’ve learned is to stop being obsessed with the scale and the number on the scale because of the weight loss shows in inches also. 5lbs may not seem like a lot but the inches it took away makes a difference.
What advice would you like to share?
My advice is to stay encouraged and don’t obsess over the scale.
If you fall off or mess up 1 or 2 days, you can always start over the next
Another thing I would like to tell the people is don’t be so hard on yourself. Just focus on living a healthier lifestyle. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself trying to meet a goal because that’s when we lose focus, mess up and give up. You can do it. You just have to get up and get your feet moving.