Transformation of the Day: Shunte’ lost 93 pounds. Over the years, she gained a significant amount of weight and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure at age 35. Her motivation for transforming her eating and exercise habits was simply a desire to live and not die. Check out her transformation.
When I started my weight loss journey in 2016, I was having health issues. I was born with a lung disease. When I was younger and active, I was able to manage it. However as I got older and started gaining weight, my condition got worse. I gained more than 150 pounds in 4 years. I went from 135 pounds to 315 pounds. My height is 5’5,” and it was hard for me to breathe. Then, I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure at age 35. I knew then that it was all up to me. The question was, “Do I want to Live or Die?”
I started making small adjustments to my life, like drinking more water and removing soda from my diet. I love dancing so I would put music on and dance. When I went to the store, I would park far away in the parking lot so I could walk. When I joined Instagram, I started following a group of individuals who gave me daily motivation.
In November 2016, began to work with a personal trainer and do challenges. @darrylwhitesr did an excellent job in educating me and helping me to set realistic goals. Darryl and I would hit the gym at 3AM in the morning, 3 times a week. It was hardcore for me. In the beginning, I would even vomit during our sessions. I weighed 315lbs when I started my weight loss journey. I worked with Darryl for six weeks and melted away a total of 20lbs. That was all the motivation I needed to keep going.
Today, I eat what I want, I just do it with moderation. I am a calorie counter, a smoothie drinker, and a self-motivator. I eat no more than 1300 calories a day, and most of it is high protein meals 3-5 times a day. I love fitness challenges, so I also commit to doing those too. Believe or not, I do TaeBo workouts 3 times a week for my cardio. I go to the gym for
weight training 2 days a week.
Yes, I had to make all of this my lifestyle; otherwise, I would have failed. I was on 14 medications before I started to change my life. Today, I just take 1 multivitamin. My heart is doing great, I feel great, and I am doing great. My weight was 310 pounds in 2015, and now I weigh 217 pounds. My goal is not just to lose weight, but to be fit.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that one must have long term guidance and motivation. It started getting harder for me to say motivated to exercise, so I had to stay connected with individuals who were on the same journey as I was. The key to becoming a masterpiece of fitness is treating this journey just like a job. If you treat it like a hobby, it will pay you like one = Nothing (No results).
My advice: Be accountable, get connected to liked minded people, and have fun.