Transformation of the Day: Nicole lost 112.7 pounds by eating clean and focusing on what she put in her body. After her father died unexpectedly in January 2020, she gained 22lbs while grieving. She realized that she could not achieve all that she is called to do if she was “broke down and unhealthy.”
What was your motivation? What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up?
My dad died unexpectedly in January 2020 at the age of 60 years old of a heart attack. While it was unexpected, he had gained a lot of weight and dealt with stress silently. I’m a daddy’s girl, so this hit me like a ton of bricks. After his death, I gained 22 pounds in five months from grieving, and I was in a lot of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual pain. I couldn’t do basic household chores or activities with my kids. I realized this wasn’t the life God nor my father wanted for me, so I decided to LIVE. I’m not a stranger to losing weight, I loss nearly 90lbs between 2011-2013, but this time around, it hit differently.
As a wife, mother, daughter, coach, friend, ministry leader, and so much more, I realized I couldn’t do what I’m called to do if I am broke down and unhealthy. Remembering I have a calling on my life and how proud my earthly dad was of me and my heavenly father is of me, motivates me to push forward. Seeing and receiving support from my husband and kids inspires me to keep going even when I want to give up, and there are plenty of times I want to give up.
How did you change your eating habits?
I have a friend who introduced me to a clean eating regimen. The timing was right because I was finally sick of how I was feeling and looking, so I decided to change. I started eating clean and taking natural supplements. I was able to lose 112.7 pounds merely by focusing on what I put in my body. I did not exercise during this time. I drank a gallon of water a day or more. I ate lean proteins, certain fruits, vegetables, and limited grains. I did not cook with any oils or butter, and I eliminated sugar, bread, rice, etc.
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What did your workout routine consist of? How often did you work out?
During my weight loss phase, I did not work out. This was foreign to me, as I used to run 5-6 days a week. Now I was spending time focusing on what I put into my body.
Now, since I’m maintaining my weight loss, I do at least 35 minutes of walking, dancing, or cycling a day. I also do ab workouts to tighten my tummy and push-ups and/or planks. Thanks to my Apple Watch, I can be more accountable for my activity.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 283.3 pounds, and my current weight is 170.6 pounds.
What is your height?
I’m 5 feet, 3.5 inches tall.
When did you start your journey? How long did your transformation take?
I started my journey on June 14, 2020. I loss 112.7lbs in 9.5 months without working out.
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey? If so, what procedure and when did you have surgery?
No, weight loss surgery is not part of my journey.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
The biggest lesson I learned is 80+% of weight loss truly is about a healthy diet. I have a new appreciation for what I put in my body. I couldn’t “out-exercise” my poor eating habits. Now, I’m more intentional and selective about what I consume.
What advice would you like to share with women who want to lose weight?
I want to encourage all women to make a decision. You have to first DECIDE you are worth improving your health and ready to lose weight. Whatever method you choose to lose weight, TRUST THE PROCESS. There is something for everyone. So pick something that works for you and WORK IT.
If you are going to do a program, FOLLOW THE PROTOCOL as laid out, and don’t try to remix it. It works without you trying to put your spin on it.
BE COACHABLE. If you have a coach, listen to them. If you don’t have one, get a good/great one.
Grab an accountability partner who can walk through the journey with you. Get a solid support system to cheer you on along the way. Weight is such a sensitive subject. Steer clear of the negative voices and connect with people who will support you on this journey.
It’s a JOURNEY, so be patient with yourself and the process. You did not gain the weight overnight, so you won’t lose it overnight.
DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT COMPARE YOUR PROGRESS WITH OTHERS. Comparison will sabotage your progress. The only person you should compare yourself to is yourself. Every day strive to be better than yesterday.