Today’s featured weight loss success story: Peita-Gaye of Jamaica lost more than 65 pounds. This college student changed her diet and embraced regular exercise to lose the weight. Her story shows that weight loss is an ongoing process.
“At the age of 20, I was basically hypertensive (BP 150/90). With my paternal grandmother, father and sister having the disease, I decided it was time to change. My initial weight was 222 pounds at the height of 5’4 and I was morbidly obese. After the scare of hypertension, I started swimming and running at least three (3) times a week. I also drank lots of water and reduced my juice intake to only twice a month. Additionally, I snacked on fruits, vegetables and nuts instead of fries and crisps. Honestly, my weight has been a challenge since the age of 9 and I am in the process of defeating it. Currently, I am 157 pounds and was down to 139 pounds last year, this took a total of six (6) months. After an extremely rough semester at school, I gained around 10 lbs and lost 6 lbs in the summer. I’ve gained a total of 18 pounds since September due to weight training five (5) a week and increased protein proportion. I’m on the journey to lose 22 lbs and I would like to encourage anyone out there that weight loss is possible at all stages in life, it’s never too late or early. There will be hiccups. Weight gain will occur, plateaus will happen but just keep going. Don’t dwell on the bad and beat up yourself when these things take place. Just restructure your plan and keep loving yourself no matter what size you are and be journey happy rather than destination happy. In other words, enjoy the transformation.”