Transformation of the Day: RahShonda lost 55 pounds. This young lady started her journey after having a breast reduction. She never thought she could release the weight due to the stress of going to work, going to school and dealing with relationship drama. With willpower and the support of her cousin, she transformed her body and her lifestyle. Check out her journey.
My name is RahShonda and I am 22 years old. I lost 55 pounds after having much needed breast reduction. I never thought I could do it, because of work, going to school and dealing with a failing relationship. My highest weight was 285 pounds, before my breast reduction. My current weight is 230 pounds and my height is 5’9″. I started my journey with full dedication in September 2016. I ate clean and exercised regularly. I lost 40 pounds in the first 3 months.
What was your motivation?
My motivation was that I was simply tired of hating the way I looked and complaining about how I looked all of the time. I was tired of being tired and I was not loving myself enough. I started my journey with my cousin, who is like my sister. She kept me motivated and helped me keep going every time I wanted to quit.
How did you change your eating habits?
I started by doing the 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse and detoxing. With this, I started to hate fast food and everything greasy or fried. This really opened me up to trying new things and new recipes. After cutting out red meat, chicken and fish became my go-tos. I created my own plan to cut out certain meats, sugars and white bread for 30 or 60 days at a time.
What was your workout routine?
I made my own exercise programs according to my schedule. I took Hip Hop dance classes on my campus. I did at least 30 minutes of cardio per workout. I also did exercises to focus on the target areas that I have the most problem with, which used to be my back, arms and legs. I worked out 5-6 days a week.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to forgive myself when I mess up (even when I binge like crazy to deal with the stress of life). I learned to stop seeing food as comfort, but as fuel. Now, I chose to workout instead of eat. This ride hasn’t been easy. I’ve had major setbacks, but I’m pushing to reach my goal weight of 180 pounds by Summer 2018.
What advice would you share with other people who want to lose weight?
My advice for other people is that they can do this. Quitting won’t make the time go faster or make things easier. Truly falling in love with YOURSELF is the key
I’ve been on the Black Women Losing Weight page so long, looking at the women who have lost the weight, and it has definitely inspired me. Thank you for what you post! Real people making real change. I am so proud my my progress and just wanted to share!