Transformation of the Day: Shibivia lost 25 pounds and was able to rid herself of pre-diabetes through healthy choices. Her goal is not to be skinny, but to be healthy, conscious and whole. Not only has she transformed her life, but today she’s a coach and mentor for others. Check out her story.
About 2 years ago, I weighed about 180 pounds. I had no sense of direction, I would eat whatever I wanted to eat. Burgers, fries, shakes, fired chicken, fried food, etc… everyday! I thought it was cute, but then I realized that my body was paying for it. I would get chest pains when I ate greasy foods and would always be tired. I just knew that something needed to be changed! I was no longer comfortable in my own skin.
Then, I found out that I was pre-diabetic. Sadly, It is generational and common on my mom’s side of the family. I had all the signs of developing diabetes. It really hit me that I needed to make a change! I wanted to be around for my children (I do not have any yet but I plan to be a mom in the future). I am still young and want to live a full life.
In the past, I did no have any control over my portion sizes. I would over eat carbs, and would eat out very often. I did not exercise as I should. That all changed a year ago when I decided to change my lifestyle. I cut back on rice, fries, burgers and cut back on starchy and fatty foods in general. I started working out consistently and eating clean. I ate lots of fruits and vegetables and leaner meats (mostly fish). I would also make fresh smoothies from scratch for breakfast instead of a heavy breakfast. The weight just started to shed.
I would also make sure that I prepped my food for the week so that I do not have to guess and end up resorting to unhealthy eating. I would not buy unhealthy food and have things my house that were unhealthy, so that I was not tempted to eating it.
I also started working out at least 3-4 times a week. I started working out at home first because I didn’t have much access to the gym, as I wasn’t driving at the time. I would use workout videos/DVDs, which were amazing!. My workouts were mostly cardio. Then, a friend of mine volunteered to work out with me at the gym. He helped me with weight training and resistance exercises. Now, I love doing it all! I have favorite DVDs that I still use at home for cardio, because I always feel I have to get my cardio in. I also go to my gym for Spin and dance classes, because I am a dance lover! I also love running! I love running on the track with friends and doing 5K events. My friends like working out also, so it’s a little more motivating than going it alone. I love trying new classes/workouts with them… especially if it has anything to do with dancing!
At first, I did not notice my progress, but people kept telling me that I was looking great and losing weight. I decided to continue my journey, and I am happy to share that today I have NO signs of being diabetic! I now weigh 155 pounds at 5’3″ and I feel absolutely amazing in the skin I am in. My journey was approximately 1 year long.
The advice that I would give to others who want to lose weight: Do not think about how long it will take. Satisfaction and success come with patience, consistency and hard work. Sometimes, honestly, it may be challenging to keep going. Some people may feel like giving up if the process seems too long, but this is where support comes in. I would advise them to find a mentor, support group or friends to help them stay on track and keep them accountable. It is important to always remind yourself of WHY you are trying to lose weight. When you do this it certainly helps keep you going when the going gets tuff!
I became extremely passionate about health and fitness, and so I started to coach people on becoming healthier and just more whole physically and emotionally. I became a Certified House Party Fitness Instructor and Coach and I mentor others who are looking to transition into a healthier lifestyle. I now feel absolutely amazing in the skin I am in. I am truly grateful that I decided to make a change in my lifestyle. My focus and goal is not to be skinny, but to be healthy, conscious and whole.