Transformation of the Day: Shanell lost 51 pounds. After giving birth and eight months of breastfeeding, she was determined to get back in shape. She had gastric sleeve surgery, changed her eating habits, and worked out consistently.
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What was your motivation? What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up?
What motivated me to lose weight was that after I had my daughter gained over 50 pounds. I was determined to get back in shape. I was breastfeeding and ready to lose weight.
I always was a person who worked out. So I gave my body eight months to breastfeed, and then I decided to have gastric sleeve surgery once I was done breastfeeding.
When I wanted to give up, what inspired me? I knew what I looked like before I had my baby, and I wanted to get back to who I was.
How did you change your eating habits?
I decided to research low-carb diets. I was trying everything, but nothing worked, so I decided to get a gastric sleeve. I did a liquid diet for a couple of weeks and then had surgery.
After surgery, I stopped eating everything: no sugar, no sweets, and no carbs. I could only eat less than 2 ounces of meat once a day with one portion of vegetables. The rest was a liquid diet.
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Tell us about your workout routine.
In the beginning, I couldn’t work out for about a week. So after the week, I began to work out slowly at home, walking no more than 10 to 15 minutes a day.
Due to having surgery, I couldn’t do too much of an intense workout. After a couple of weeks, I pushed it up to 20 to 30 minutes a day, four days a week.
Starting weight/Current weight
My starting weight was 215 pounds, and my current weight is 164 pounds.
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When did you start your journey?
I started my journey on October 6, 2021. My transformation took eight months.
Did you have any issues with loose skin?
I don’t have any loose skin. It’s very, very minimal due to weight training. [Per a recent Instagram post, after weight loss she had her breast done and a little lipo on her problem areas.]
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
I have learned that you have to be consistent in what you do. But, you also have to be determined and never give up.
What advice would you like to share with women who want to lose weight?
Do your research and find a plan that works for you, not for someone else but you.