Weight Loss Story of the Day: Sha lost 72 pounds. This actress and dancer faced major health challenges that stalled her career and relationship turmoil before reaching the point where she was ready to change her life and get healthy. Check out what she shared about losing the weight:
Hi my name is Sha. I have been overweight most of my life. It was mostly because of a medicine called prednisone. I ate like any other regular young teen or young adult. I always loved dance and basketball so I leveled off at around 220 – 250 pounds at 5’7, which I thought was not so bad at first because I could still do the things I always did. I just figured that it was my destiny to be a plus-size girl forever so I just accepted it. I was able to start a career in acting in 2005 and what was even more awesome was that it was a dance movie called “Take the Lead”. Anyone who knows me knows how much I LOVE DANCE so this was an awesome blessing and I thought I would do more.
Well, in 2006 I met a man whom I put my career on hold for because I thought I fell in love with him. I wanted to be loved for real for once. We had a great relationship on the outside but there were some serious issues behind close doors which led me to use food as my comfort as I kept a lot of things inside and did not tell anyone. We actually got married even though I was not completely happy but I figured I would not find anyone better. As the weight piled on I got more insecure. I got real desperate and tried everything to lose weight, but my now ex husband didn’t help at all. He loved to eat really bad foods with me and even when I tried to workout and eat better he was not supportive or encouraging. I was getting sicker mentally and physically. I weighed 282 pounds. I started to not go out of the house anymore. I developed really bad back pain problems, severe Anxiety/Panic Disorder and depression. One day we got into a really bad argument which turned physical and he left me in the house alone for 4 days with no phone call or anything. After hysterically crying for hours I looked at myself and had to be honest with myself. I was not happy and I started to realize that I wanted more for myself.
I’m a big fan of WWE SUPERSTAR John Cena and I always loved his quotes. I finally started to apply all the positive quotes to my life. Also, I had a friend whom I dated when I was 18 years old who started to help me be more active and was really encouraging. He reminded me about the person I used to be when I was younger, a more positive, confident, fun and bubbly me. At the same time, my husband started to come home less and less. The time he was home we argued and once he spit in my face so enough was enough. I moved out to get away and to get myself together. My guy friend and I continued to get closer. We started to take walks and change some eating habits slowly. A lot of my issues started to go away. Then, I hit a plateau where I was not losing anymore weight. At that same time, even though me and my friend was becoming closer and I was waiting on getting a divorce. I found out that my husband had been cheating on me before I moved out, so I kinda went back into a depression. With the help of my friend, who turned into a great awesome boyfriend, I had to realize I could either get up and fight to be successful or lay down and be a failure.
I discovered that John Cena had a new weight-loss plan called ChangeTime. With it, I only had to workout 20 min twice a week and change my eating habits 6 days a week and then I can eat whatever I want 1 Day out the week. I ate more vegetables, beans, lentils, chicken, salmon and raw cashews. 6 days out the week I drink a gallon of water a day. No sodas, no juice, no rice or pasta. I have more energy. My health issues have improved and my weight has continuously gone down. I currently weigh 210 pounds and I am planning on being under 200 pounds for the first time in my adult life by my birthday in July 2014. My workout routine is simple movements and I can workout at home. I do push ups , planks, sit ups, squats, lunges and walking. I also workout with Hip-Hop Dance and Zumba DVDs. So, my change started in June 2013 and I will definitely continue on my journey of weight loss transformation.
My motivation to keep going is that I really want to continue on the career path I started on years ago. Plus, I wanted to finally become a dancer for different artists and in movies. I have loved dance since I was a child. Im so passionate about it and just want to be a leading lady in an Usher or NeYo Video…but definitely Usher. I want to dance live on stage for and awards show. I’m working hard to live out my dreams and motivate other people to live out their dreams no matter what the situation is. My Advice to anyone trying to lose weight is no matter what, Never Give Up. If one way does not work for you, keep trying and keep pushing on. If your weight loss stalls, kick it up a notch and change up your routine.Keep trying because something WILL work and you will get to the place that you really want to be with your weight and Everything. If I can do it with all the emotional struggles and physical limitations I had (and sometimes still have) then anyone can do it. You just have to believe and fight for what you want. If you work hard and keep faith, you will be successful.