Transformation of the Day: Raquel lost 59 pounds. This mom of 2 used portion control and moderation to release the pounds while enjoying the foods she loves. She also worked out 5 days a week. Check out her journey.
What was your motivation?
My motivation was to relieve stress, look better and have more energy for my family, which consists of my husband, my daughter, and my son.
What inspired you to keep going when you wanted to give up?
Facebook Memories inspired me to keep going. When an old picture from years ago popped up in my memories, it pushed me to want to continue on my journey.
How did you change your eating habits?
In the beginning, I did not change my eating habits. I still ate what I wanted but I would eat smaller portions. Oftentimes, I would order from the kids menu. When I want a snack, I try to eat almonds or pistachios versus grabbing a bag of chips. I took it one day at a time. If I wanted something, I ate it. I just did so in moderation.
What did your work out routine look like?
I walked 3-5 miles, 5 days a week during the first 3 months. Over the course of the next 9 months, I joined a gym and started doing aerobics, Zumba, and TRX classes. They were all a tremendous aid in my weight loss. I still try to keep as close to my 5 days a week schedule as possible.
What was your starting weight?
I started at 225 pounds.
What is your current weight?
I currently weight 166 pounds.
What is your height?
When did you start your journey?
I started my journey in July 2016. After I got married, I looked at my wedding pics and it hit me… I was humongous in my eyesight (especially for my height). I lost my weight over the span of a year.
I have not had any surgeries, but I’ve considered having a tummy tuck because I’ve had two c-sections. I’m going to continue on my journey for another year or two to try to tone. If it doesn’t work, I may consider plastic surgery. I ultimately want an ultra flat stomach.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
I’ve learned that everyone’s body is different. What works for one person may not work for another. I’ve also learned that depriving myself only makes things worse. If I want something, I eat it. I just eat less and I try to work it off with exercise.
What advice do you have for others who want to lose weight?
I recommend starting somewhere. Don’t wait for the perfect Monday or Tuesday. Just choose a day and start. Hang up an old pair of jeans or put a motivation picture on the refrigerator to keep yourself from frequently eating unhealthy food.