Update Jan 2022: Shout out to Pureness. She lost 11 more pounds for a total of 246 pounds gone. Check out her update. She has continued to get results with a healthy Keto lifestyle the lifestyle, which includes weight lifting, intermittent fasting and drinking lots of water.
What is your current weight?
How have you maintained your weight loss/continued to lose weight?
Well, I have lost a bit more as I recompositioned my body. Now, in terms of my workouts, I have been consistently lifting heavy as I progressively overload (mostly legs and arms). I also take upwards of 15,000-25,000 steps a day.
As for my food intake, I am still intermittent fasting with my Keto lifestyle, which I have grown to love so much. Now I can switch up my meals more because I have gotten used to my routine and needs. I still drink a lot of water (approximately a gallon a day).
My cravings are minimal. However, I do “carb out” on big holidays and times I need to, which could happen approximately once every 2-3 months.
Of the lessons you’ve learned on your journey, which one stands out the most at this point?
During this beautiful growth journey, I have learned that MY way doesn’t need to be perfect. It just needs to work for me in the long run.
My health has been my number one focus. I have finally brought myself to good health, and for that, I am beyond happy and proud!
Would you like to offer any new or different advice to women who want to lose weight?
I really want to stress to anyone reading that each and every journey is unique. Do what works for you. However, don’t let that be your excuse to make excuses!! You got this, and I believe in you!!
Transformation of the Day: Pureness lost 235 pounds. This Celebrity Makeup/Hair Artist was not going to get in her own way this time. She has worked to release the weight naturally since March 2020 by going Keto, getting her steps in, and practicing the OMAD version of intermittent fasting.
What was your motivation?
My motivation was simple. I finally needed to do something for myself. I wasn’t going to get in the way of my own victory this time.
At first, it wasn’t easy, but with each passing day, it got easier. When I was only a week in with several pounds down, I already knew I couldn’t give up. I did have “cheat meals,” and I celebrated them so that it wouldn’t be a source of guilt. Instead, they were something to plan ahead and look forward to. I treated these days as if I was taking myself out on a date.
How did you change your eating habits?
My eating has changed a lot, from fast food, ordering out daily, and heavy carbs and sweets to sticking to the OMAD/Keto lifestyle. The way I eat now is entirely different. Now, I will have chicken wings and avocado with cheese and a veggie smoothie. I might have eggs and salmon with veggies and avocado, or even steak and avocado. I love that I can season my food very well and have fun with my meals. This makes it easy to stick to and satiating.
I eat whole fats and whole foods. No more refined or processed foods, and my body thanks me for it, so there is no reason to let it down. I don’t have cravings because the food I eat is amazing.
I still have random cheat days once a month or so. Because I OMAD (which is one meal a day), it does take discipline, but I am very used to it now. My body knows when it’s time to eat as I keep it scheduled at 2 pm. I drink lots of water before, during, and after my meal, and that’s it; nothing else.
Tell us about your workout routine.
In the beginning, I hardly worked out. I was so focused on learning about OMAD, Keto, and what to eat. Because I had so much weight to lose, I was still dropping pounds without working out.
I always liked movement, and I knew I would surely need exercise to keep the momentum going. At first, I was working out on the treadmill. Then I did at-home workout routines throughout the day when I had a few minutes between Zoom meetings; (since this was all during lockdown). Next, I discovered steps. That made a huge change in my motivation to get up and work out because I didn’t feel like I was working out. I could do steps while answering emails, etc. because it wasn’t a lot of movement. I went from 100 steps to 1000 steps just by getting up randomly throughout the day. Then it became a thing where I would be sure to get 1000 steps before I ate and 1000 after I ate. I slowly climbed to 8000 steps, and I stayed there for some time (as I realized I was in fat-burning mode). I was losing a pound or more per day. Based on my research, this was optimal for my size, and so I stuck to it.
I got results just by walking/stepping beside my computer, next to my bed, or in the kitchen when I was cooking. Basically, anytime and anyplace. When things opened up, I would be on set walking around the studio or outside around my vehicle. There was no excuse not to get my steps in.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 395 pounds approx. I weighed myself on an old scale in hiding, as I was ashamed of my weight. I now weigh 160 pounds with ten more pounds to go.
What is your height?
I am 5’6″ and a half.
When did you start your weight loss journey?
I started my journey years ago with little to no success. I finally got serious and dropped 85% of the weight after lockdown happened in March 2020. The majority of the weight came off in a year. I have been slowly taking off the last 25 or so pounds since March of this year.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
My biggest lesson was never give up on yourself. In the past, when I planned to lose weight, I felt motivated. However, deep down, I already felt it was impossible and I planned to fail.
What advice would you like to share with women who want to lose weight?
It’s not just about the lifestyle you take on. It is the mindset you begin with. Believe in yourself, and you can do it.
Be careful but not doubtful! There are many ways to do it that work. However, the first one is taking care of your mind and heart and keeping them in check during the entire journey. I took the natural route, but either way, you need to put those things to the forefront no matter how you chose to release weight.