Transformation of the Day: Quana lost 156 pounds with hard work and surgery. She never felt bad about her size. In fact, this plus sized model wrestled with whether wanting to lose weight or change her body meant that she wasn’t being true to herself. Once she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, she knew that her motivation was not self hate, but self love and a desire to be her best self. Check out her journey.
Starting weight: 380 pounds
Current weight: 224 pounds
My goal is 200 lbs. My height is 5’7″.
I’ve always been chunky, since a little girl. I always took pride in being “unique” and never felt down about my size. Instead, I embraced it and even did some plus size modeling. I was never the type to go to the gym. I didn’t feel that going to the gym was necessary. I honestly felt that if I worked out and attempted to lose weight, that I didn’t love myself or wasn’t being true to who I said I was.
In 2014, I realized that being 380 pounds wasn’t cute. I was pregnant with my last daughter and had gestational diabetes. That was the first time I hated the scale. I had my daughter 3 months premature and that sent me into depression. This led to me eating myself into type 2 diabetes. However, at the time I didn’t know I’d developed type 2. I got so sick that I was hospitalized for diabetic ketoacidosis and almost slipped into diabetic coma. That week in the hospital is what made me change my perception. I realized that truly loving myself meant that I had to make a change and become healthy.
I had the help of my husband, who trained me. I cut out all soda, junk food and juice. I also began using a high protein/low carb diet and going to the gym 5 times a week, 2 hrs each day. I lost 54 pounds on my own. Once I lost that weight, I knew I couldn’t turn back!
Then, in January 2016, I had VSG weight loss surgery (Vertical sleeve gastrectomy). I now have lost a total of 156 pounds. I now weigh 224 pounds and I am Diabetes free! I no longer take any diabetic medications as of January 2016. Yes, I have 24 more lbs that I’d like to lose but I know I’m unstoppable now.
My mission is to help other women like me. Letting them know its okay to love yourself by working towards being healthy! My mission is also to show people that you can still enjoy the same kind of foods you love, just in a different way, through the book I’m releasing this winter, ” The Way I Died and How I’m Living Again”.
My advice to those who don’t know where to start: Think about how every footstep can lead you to your destiny and your health. Start out walking for 30 mins, even if you have to pause in between. Just 30 minutes of exercise daily can get you back to being healthy!