Shay lost 62 pounds. She had a stroke last year, was diagnosed with chronic migraines, and found out that her weight was affecting her spine. In February of this year, she decided to take action to reclaim her health. Check out her story.
I’m a 29-year-old single mom. I had a medical scare that made me realize I needed to start thinking about my health. Four years ago, I was diagnosed with sciatica. I had no clue someone so young could have sciatic nerve damage.
At the time, I was still putting on weight. I was an emotional and reckless eater. I didn’t care about what people thought because my birth mother abandoned me at 16 years old. I also had numerous failed relationships.
In December 2018, I had a stroke, and I knew I HAD to change. Following that health scare, I had MRIs and was diagnosed with chronic migraines. At the time, I weighed 368 pounds at 5’4″ and felt like death. My spine was bulging due to the weight gain causing nerve damage.
I started my journey in February 2019 to turn my life around. As of October 2019, I weight 306 pounds, and I feel better! Unfortunately, I still have migraines three times a week.
Eating Habits: I actually started eating more. I eat 5 times a day, three main dishes, and two snacks. I started eating more fruits and veggies. I stopped eating white bread and pork. I meal prepped and measured my food. The 1 cup measure is my best friend!
Workout Routine: I try to walk at least 5k steps a day. I also jump rope twice a week.
Biggest Lesson: Patience is a must! Also, it’s okay to stop eating when you are full.
Advice do you have for women who want to lose weight:
- Don’t start by setting a big weight loss goal.
- Don’t try to do the most extreme workouts in the beginning.
- Take your time and do what best suits you.
- Most of all, Love yourself no matter what the outcome is, or how long the challenge may take. If you don’t have any support, you have yourself.