Transformation of the Day: Ranell lost 51 pounds with healthy food and fitness. She gained a significant amount of weight, and battled with self-isolation, depression and anxiety. In February 2019 she decided to take action and change her life.
What was your motivation?
My motivation was to feel mentally and physically healthy. I gained a significant amount of weight and battled with depression and anxiety. I became so insecure and began isolating myself because I feared being judged.
What inspired you to keep going when you wanted to give up?
I couldn’t be miserable any longer, so giving up was never an option.
How did you change your eating habits?
I focus on healthy habits I can sustain. I limit my fried food intake and eat a lot of grilled foods. However, I don’t let my diet dictate my life. Instead, I focus on having a colorful plate, full of veggies and fruit. I love grilled fish and chicken. Having an air fryer has been life-changing.
What did your workout routine look like?
I fell in love with working out. I found a gym that I love, Taddas Fitness. It’s an amazing gym in Decatur, GA. I took pretty much every class they offered. Once the pandemic hit, I got creative with my workouts and developed several home workouts, ranging from step, strength training, kickboxing, lifting, power walking, and several more. I work out 5-6x a week.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 276 pounds. My current weight is 225 pounds.
What is your height?
When did you start your journey? How long did your transformation take?
My journey started in February 2019. It took 15 months and counting.
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
I learned to not be so hard on myself. I always take pictures to remind me where I started and keep myself encouraged.
What advice do you have for others who want to lose weight?
See progress and success in all the things you’re doing in your workouts.
- Going for a longer walk
- squatting heavier weights
- completing more reps.
These are all signs of progress and success. Develop a tribe made up of fellow exercisers. Fill your social media feeds with likeminded people who celebrate their experiences in fitness.
I am now a Certified Personal Trainer & Nutrition Coach who specialized in helping plus size beauties lose weight by making habit-based changes. I want people to find a peaceful place with food. That means not conforming to weight loss diets, enjoying foods you love, and not punishing yourself because you ate something bad.