Transformation of the Day: Rosetta lost 36 pounds. She experienced rapid weight gain after having a total hysterectomy. One day, she met a fitness coach at a women’s luncheon who would later become her teacher and trainer. She learned how to make healthier choices and make substitutions for the unhealthy foods she craved.
What was your motivation?
Back in 2011, I weighed 125 pounds. That was before I had a total hysterectomy. After my hysterectomy, I gained weight rapidly, and in 2019 I weighed 168 pounds. (which is the heaviest I had ever been). I was fatigued all the time, and I was placed on blood pressure and cholesterol medication. I did not like the way I looked in the mirror with or without clothes.
So I decided to walk, but I wasn’t motivated. I decided to try eating healthy but was lost. Then one day, I was invited to a hat luncheon for women, and this young lady was passing out her business cards. She was a personal trainer and fitness coach. I took her card threw it in my purse. Later that evening, I was switching purses to match my outfit, and I noticed the card. I spoke with my husband about joining her all-female boot camp. He was very supportive because he’s my biggest fan! Also, I knew he was tired of me complaining about my thighs rubbing when I walk and so on, lol.
I called the number on the card and pressed my way to my 1st class at ClubFit in October 2019 with open arms and a feed up mind. It’s funny how God works because my trainer was also featured on your site and social media pages (Racheal Hopes – @hopes4rhealth). She taught me the importance of drinking WATER every day and how it benefits my body. She also taught me how to shop for healthy choices, cook, and make healthy foods taste delicious.
What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up?
I think about how far I have come and where I do not want to return to. I’m feeling healthy, looking healthy, and influencing/motivating people in my life who have witnessed my change. Just the compliments alone are such a motivation to me.
How did you change your eating habits?
I cut down on refined carbs and ate more protein and fiber. I also kept a food journal, drank water, and snacked smarter.
My bad habits were sweets and sodas. Those were the hardest to cut out. I learned how to substitute for my cravings. For example: In the past, I would eat a Little Debbie snack cake (I loved them). I now will eat fresh strawberries with no sugar whip cream instead.
I did not like to drink water. It was very hard at the start. I researched and found out that cucumbers are made up of about 96% water and Tomatoes 95%. I love these veggies together. Every day I ate them to help with my water intake. I also use protein packets that I put in bottled water for the favor. I had to teach my body to love drinking water. I drink at least 64oz of water a day.
Detox juices made by my fitness coach, Herbalife products such as protein powders and herbal teas were also part of my weight loss.
What did your workout routine consist of? How often did you work out?
In-person boot camp started for me in 2019, 4 days a week (Mon-Thursday). Then COVID happened, and I continued at home via Zoom. On Saturdays, I walk up to 6 miles.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 168 pounds, and my current weight is 132 pounds.
What is your height?
When did you start your journey?
I started in 2019.
How long did your transformation take?
It took 2 ½ years.
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?
No surgery. All-natural with hard work.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is “consistency” is very important to see change. I’ve also learned not to beat myself down when I don’t succeed. I just remind myself to start again and remember this will not be easy, but it is rewarding.
What advice do you have for women who want to lose weight?
We know weight loss isn’t easy. Please ditch the diets. Find out what works for you and stay consistent with your daily workout routine. You know your body and how much you can take. True Statement “I always believed if you take care of your body, it will take care of you!” You may be disappointed if you fail, But DON’T QUIT.”
- Keep a Weight Loss Journal.
- Focus on your goal and do it your way!
- Celebrate the small changes, too, even if it is just a pound down.
- Do not live by the scale (it’s a huge downfall and could cause you to quit.) Focus on how your clothes fit or use to fit. Weigh in at the beginning and then much later during your journey.
- Remember that you matter to someone.
- Lastly, celebrate your success!