Transformation of the Day: Ruby lost 37 pounds. This professional truck driver, mother of 9 and grandmother of 9 saw that some of her children were following in her footsteps when it came to living an unhealthy lifestyle. She decided to change her habits so that she could be an example. Check out her story.
What was your motivation? What inspires you to keep going?
I found my motivation after having 9 children (5 boys and 4 girls). Six of my children are all grown up and I have 9 granbabies. I realized just how unhealthy I was. Seeing my older two daughters follow in my footsteps and have there children, but I couldn’t help them because we were all in the same boat. I said to myself, “I’m getting healthy and that will motivate my daughter to do the same.” What keeps me determined is my children and my grandchildren.
How did you change your eating habits?
I stopped eating pork, about 6 years ago, and I stopped eating a lot of fried foods. I only ate fried chicken twice this year, and the only fried food I might induge in from time to time is fish. I mainly eat baked foods. I also trained myself to skip breakfast, so I mainly eat according to the 16/8 diet [intermittent fasting], and it works for me.
I use to drink soda everyday all day, but I’ve stopped completely. Instead of soda, I drink 0 calorie water, flavored water or tea. I also flavored packs in my water.
What does your workout routine look like?
I searched on Craigslist and found a cheap elliptical machine and a cheap ab machine. I paid less than $100 for both. I started working out least 3 times a week.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 223 pounds and my current weight is 186 pounds. My first goal weight is 185 pounds and my second goal is 175 pounds. I’m 5’5.1/2.” tall. no surgeries, just a made up mind, I will succeed,…
Also, my blood pressure was a little high when I started this journey but not out of control. Today, I have no health problems.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
The best lesson I learned is that if you have faith and stay motivated, you can achieve anything you desire. I turned 50 years old in January and I realize time waits for no one.
What advice would you share with people who want to release the weight?
Stop putting your life on hold and start taking your life back one day at time. If you fall, don’t stay there. Get back up and keep moving.