Transformation of the Day: Quandra lost 70 pounds. A health scare motivated her to focus on her health. While suffering from daily headaches and an irregular cycle, she was diagnosed with high blood pressure. She said goodbye to unhealthy food and hello to nutritious food and exercise.
What was your motivation?
My motivation to lose weight was a health scare. I had daily headaches and my periods were irregular. I was told by my doctor that I had high blood pressure and that I would need medication. I asked her to let me try losing weight to see if that would help.
What inspired you to keep going when you wanted to give up?
When I wanted to give up, my inspiration was my health. I would also say to myself, “Girl, just imagine how you are going to look 6 months from now if you stay consistent.”
How did you change your eating habits?
I cut back on fried foods. Actually, for the first three months, I didn’t eat fried foods at all. I stopped drinking surgery drinks and started drinking water only. I also cut out all fast food (Wendy’s, Chick-fil-a, Burger King, etc.) and started cooking my own meals at home. I used MyFitnessPal to track my calories daily, and I had a 1200 calorie per day limit.
What did your workout routine consist of?
I would go to the gym 4-5 days a week for 30 minutes on most days. Sometimes, I would work out for 45 minutes. While I was at work I would walk on my lunch break.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My highest weight ever was 262 pounds. When I got serious about losing weight and started my journey, I weighed 235 pounds. I currently weigh 165 pounds.
What is your height?
I am 5’7″.
When did you start your journey? How long did your transformation take?
I started my journey on October 5, 2018. It took me ten months to get to my current weight of 165 pounds.
Was weight loss surgery part of your journey?
No, it wasn’t apart of my journey.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
The biggest lessons I have learned on my journey are that you can’t “work out” a bad diet, and you can really do anything you put your mind to.
What advice would you like to share with women who want to lose weight?
Be patient because it will not happen overnight. Don’t get discouraged and give up. The hardest part is when you first start your journey, but as long as you stay consistent, it literally becomes a lifestyle change. Weight loss surgery wasn’t apart of my journey.