Weight Loss Journey: Salle lost 66 pounds. From childhood to adulthood, she faced negative comments and ridicule due to her weight. Facing a diagnosis of pre-diabetes and having grown tired of feeling like the fat friend, she began her weight release journey. Check out what she shared about how she did it.
My entire life, I have been overweight. I can’t remember a time when I weighed less than 250 pounds. As a child growing up, I always got talked about, ridiculed and I felt like I was the “stepchild”. Being a young person, I never understood the importance of living a healthy lifestyle or being at a healthy weight. Even when I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes, I still didn’t wake up to a need to be healthy. Also, I can’t remember a photo opportunity that I didn’t reject being apart of, or a photo that anybody else wanted me to be part of.
My first transitional period started in 2014 when I moved to Atlanta, Georgia. I told myself, on the day I started working out, that I was no longer going to be considered the fat girl of the group.
My workout journey started with walking. I know people say that walking does not make you lose a lot of weight, but the feeling it gave me was more than just a weight loss feeling. Walking gave me a freedom feeling. I was free to make my own decisions I was free to not be bothered by the mean comments and the opinions of others. I was free to know that I could make a positive change in my life.
My workout journey started with walking 2 miles per workout at my local park. Then I increased to 4 miles. After 3 months of walking, I got a gym membership. I went to the gym 4-5 days a week and committed to 2 hours of exercise a day. I mainly used either the treadmill or eliptical and did 30 min of weight training as part of my overall workout.
My eating habits also changed. I stopped eating pork and beef. I no longer drink any type of soda or juice. I focused mainly on lean chicken and fish and drank water every chance I got.
This journey has taken me two years, on and off. I have lost a total of 66 pounds. My starting weight was 282 pounds and my current weight is 216 pounds. My goal is 175 pounds. (height: 5’4″) Although I am not where I want to be at the moment, I know that the only thing that can stop me from losing the weight is me. I have restarted my journey in hopes of obtaining my goal weight. I am currently back to walking and hoping to start jogging soon.
No more hiding from pictures. No more crying at night. No more telling yourself that you can’t do it. No more self-pity. It is time for change. It took everything in me to post these before and after pictures, because I was afraid of what people might think of me. No longer will I live my life based off what other people think. This is my life and I’m taking it back.
Not only am I heavily involved in motivating and strengthening others, I eventually want to make it my life duty and career. I want to help others who feel like they can’t help themselves. I would love it if you guys could join in on my journey. It would give me the encouragement that I need, and in return I would provide you with the same encouragement. Please follow my journey on Snapchat: @mzsalle