Weight Loss Transformation of the Day: Nicole lost 64 pounds. Making the decision to make time for herself ad challenge herself mentally to reach a goal she hadn’t imagined, she committed to losing the weight. Clean eating, lots of exercise and bonding with a supportive group helped her reach and exceed her goals. Here is what she shared with us about her journey…
The race is not given to the swift, or the strong, but to those who can endure to the end. – Ecclesiastes 9:11
This picture displays so much more beyond weight loss. This picture shows hard work, consistency, resilience, determination, work ethic and heart.
I experienced life and in my tests and trials I decided to take control over my health. I lost my sense of self worth and I made a decision to make time for “me” and to challenge myself mentally to reach a goal that I would never have imagined. I also saw a Weight Watchers commercial featuring Jennifer Hudson. After seeing the second set of commercials with her weight loss I knew that I could do it too. It may sound cliché’, but I started eating clean. I ate 5-6 small meals a day, every 3-4 hours. I began drinking a half-gallon to a gallon of water daily. I added more vegetables, complex carbohydrates and protein into my meals. Meal prep was also an effective tool that helped me to plan ahead. I prepared my meals on Sunday for the week so there would be no excuses for falling off track.
I workout 5-6 days per week. My training consists of weight training, cardio and several sports specific training routines. I love a challenge so pushing myself to try new things is how I keep myself engaged and motivated. My starting weight was 225 pounds and my current weight is 161 pounds. I am 5’6″ tall. My journey took a year and 1/2 (on and off). Along with others, we formed a fitness group called The Commission, Instagram @_thecommission_. Now, I am able to continue to work on and reach more goals as well as helping others.
My advice to those who are contemplating starting a fitness journey, just starting their journey, in the middle or have reached their goal is to always remember that anything is possible. Resilience has become a part of my character. There is no obstacle that I believe cannot be overcome through hard work and persistence. From the picture on the left to the picture on the right, I not only lost weight but I gained many other things as well. I gained a sense of self worth. I gained discipline. I gained knowledge. I gained new friendships. I gained a love and passion for fitness. I gained a mindset of knowing that anything I set my mind to, big or small, can be done!