Transformation of the Day: Ricka lost 87 pounds. She decided it was time to reclaim her health. When she started her journey, she had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and a stomach tumor.
What was your motivation?
My motivation for weight loss was my health conditions. I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and a tumor in my stomach. I was headed in the wrong direction, and I needed to do something to change my life.
What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up?
What inspired me to keep going was seeing results. I stayed focused, kept my eyes on the prize, and I didn’t let anyone or anything distract me from my goals even when I wanted to give up.
When did you start your journey? How long did your transformation take?
I started my journey in November 2019. My transformation took a little bit over a year, but in reality, it’s going to take forever. This is a lifelong journey.
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?
Yes. I have also considered getting cosmetic surgery to get rid of the extra skin. However, if I work hard and focus in the gym, I think I can do it on my own.
How did you change your eating habits?
When I changed my eating habits, I cut out sugar and carbs for the most part. I started eating lean meats like chicken, turkey, and tuna. I cut out red meat and processed foods. I started putting more color in my meals and eating more leafy greens like spinach/salads. I didn’t follow a specific plan. I just did what works for me.
What did your workout routine consist of? How often did you work out?
My workout routine consists of cardio and weight training. In the beginning, I worked out 6 to 7 days a week. Now I maintain a five day a week schedule.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 227 pounds, and my current weight is 140 pounds.
What is your height?
I am 5’1″.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
The biggest lesson that I’ve learned so far is that this journey includes the mind, body, and spirit…not just fitness.
What advice would you like to share with women who want to lose weight?
My advice for women who want to lose weight: Give yourself the time and love you need. It’s ok to be selfish and focus on yourself. Self-love is the best love.