Transformation of the Day: Shaun lost 115 pounds. This mom of 3 wanted to move faster, breathe better and be proud that she’s accomplished her goals. She did the work and found a passion for fitness. Now, she’s an indoor cycle instructor. Check out her journey.
Being an active mom and wife was my motivation for weight loss. At times, I wanted give up but I was determined to move faster, breathe better, and have something that I could own to be proud of. My starting weight was 312 pounds and my current weight is 197 pounds. My height is 5’1″.
My eating habits were slow to change, but I started working out six days a week. I walked four miles a day and drank as much water as I could stand. When my body started to change, that’s when my eating habits changed. I let go of soda and red meats. After cutting out the junk, I added dark green vegetables, like collard greens, turnip greens, broccoli, and spinach into my meals.
I started my journey in 2008, shortly after my third child was born (featured in the before photo). After the first year, I’d dropped 60 pounds. After that, I fell victim to quick fixes for weight loss, because I was impatient with myself and got bored with my journey.
In 2013, I decided to take back control the natural way, no pills, no teas, no surgeries. I found a love for road cycling and became a indoor cycle instructor to keep myself motivated and to help others. In 2015, I found a love for power lifting, running, and any workout that challenges me. Once I started lifting, heavy and safely, I lost another 55 pounds. Currently, I work with people in with private, in-home personal training sessions.
My advice to others who want to lose weight: Find what works for you and stay consistent. Make realistic goals and enjoy your journey. If you need workout ideas follow my Instagram, @raleighrider2013.