Transformation of the Day: Raqual lost 78 pounds. She is a Registered Nurse and mother of three. Part of her motivation was that she wanted to follow the same healthy recommendations she would give to her patients. She adopted a pescatarian diet and committed to a fitness routine that works.
My name is Raqual. I am a mother of three and a Registered Nurse. I began my weight loss journey in 2017 after starting graduate nursing school. As a future healthcare provider, I knew I needed to follow the same health-related recommendations I would give my patients daily… “Practice what you preach,” if you will.
I started a strict pescatarian diet and did power walking at least four times per week. I worked myself up to HIIT workouts and strength training. I’ve fallen off the wagon during this journey and jumped back on again, but I’ve been consistent for the last couple of years.
I’ve lost 78 pounds. I’ve reached my goal of 180 pounds, and I will be graduating as a Nurse Practitioner this Spring. I am so proud of myself!
What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up?
When I started to see changes in my appearance, energy level, and overall wellness, I knew there was no going back. My family was another motivating factor. Generational health has become one of my primary goals. I now strive to teach my children healthy habits that will last them a lifetime.
How did you change your eating habits as you transitioned to being a pescatarian?
I cut out carbs, fried foods, red meats, dairy, and sugary foods. Seafood only with added fruits, vegetables, and grains.
How often do you currently work out?
I do fasted cardio every morning and HIIT in the evenings at least four times per week.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
Starting weight 258. Current weight 180
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Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?
I have never had weight loss surgery.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
This is a journey, not a race. I did not pack on the weight in one day, and I won’t lose it in one day.
What advice would you like to share with women who want to lose weight?
Practice patience and reward yourself for the small wins.