Transformation of the Day: Robyn lost 170 pounds. At 25 years old, her weight reached 500 pounds and she questioned whether she would reach her 30th birthday. Now it’s 5 years later, her 30th is approaching and she’s walking into this birthday healthier and happier. Here is what she shared with us.
My name is Robyn and to date I have lost 170 pounds! My motivation was life. Weighing over 500 lbs at 25 years old, I just knew I wouldn’t live to see my 30th birthday. As the years flew by, I realized I was wasting precious years of my life. All through out my childhood and teens, I was obese At one point, I told myself that I will not be an overweight adult. My motivation kicked into overdrive when I thought about my family. I feared the headache they would face if I was no longer around. I knew it was time to make a serious change.
I stopped eating fried food, junk food and stopped drinking soda. Soda was my kryptonite! I started eating fruits veggies and whole wheat foods. I workout 3-4 times a week. I do a lot of strength training because I’ve learned that muscle burns more fat at rest. I am 5’9″ tall.
Technically, I have been on this journey all my life but I’ve officially started losing weight 2 1/2 years ago. Within the first month, I lost 35 pounds and that was enough for me to keep going! This journey has not been easy. I yo-yo’d for a very long time and struggled to lose my first 100 lbs. That was a true victory. At times I was very frustrated with myself, but I kept on going because I knew I could do it. I’d spent so many years angry and depressed, but I knew that I owed it to myself to try.
Although I am still on my journey, with about 150lbs more to lose, I am more dedicated than ever to reach my goal. My dream is to be an inspiration to America. I love the People Magazine “Half My Size” editions. I have faith that one day I will be able to inspire the way the people featured in that issue have been an inspiration to me. I look at my future with joy knowing that I am six months away from celebrating my 30th birthday. That is a day I thought I’d never see.
My advice to others who want to change their lives is that it’s all TEMPORARY. You say when enough is enough.