I’ll never say I don’t remember being that girl on the left, Because I TOTALLY do! There was NOTHING wrong with her I loved being HER, she just wasn’t so healthy! Still the same person just a lot wiser, more understanding, a little more trusting, and way more passionate about this life I have been given! Did I want to loose weight? ABSOLUTELY, but I’ve gained so much more than weight loss! I discovered who I really am who I’ve ALWAYS been! I’ll never shame the left me, because she created the HEALTHY me! Ps: I’ve ALWAYS thought I was poppin don’t eva let anyone tell you otherwise! #pop #pop #pop #pop
Transformation of the Day: Tahliesha lost 105 pounds, going from a size 18 to a size 8. To cope with the loss of her mother and best friend, she turned to eating and drinking which led to weight gain. On top of that, she was still dealing with weight gain from 2 pregnancies. She found the motivation and determination to change for herself and her children. Check out how she did it.
I’ve always wanted to lose weight and I’ve tried and failed many, many times. I lost my mother and bestfriend in 2012. After that, nothing seemed to matter. If I didn’t have a newborn baby at the time, I would have spiraled even further out of control! I would eat and drink whatever I wanted. Looking back now, I realize that I was drinking to cope with all of the pain and heartache I was experiencing! You would think that realization alone would give me the strength to get healthy, if not for me, but for my son!
At the time, I tried to out train a bad diet. I went to the gym for hours, only to come home and stuff my face. This went on for about 3 years, until I got pregnant with my 2nd child. I was already carrying baby weight from my first pregnancy and the scale kept going up. During my 7th month, I refused to look at the scale. I weighed about 288 pounds, but I’m pretty sure that my weight reached 300 lbs or close to it. However, at the time I just couldn’t accept it.
After I gave birth, I weighed about 273 pounds. I would go on Instagram and search #weightlossjourney. I would wish, hope and pray that I could develop the strength to change, like all of the women I saw online. I was so uncomfortable and unhappy in my own skin.
One day, I woke up and something just clicked! I KNEW that I could do it! I KNEW this time would be different! In that instant, I believed it and I wanted it so badly. I thought about my kids and how I wanted them to do better and be better. That really motivated me. When I was growing up, we ate whatever, whenever, and I honestly didn’t know any better. As I got older, I knew I was overweight. This issue was that I really didn’t know how to lose weight, other than trying every fad diet under the sun, so I accepted it. Well, I was tired of just accepting it. I wanted to feel comfortable in my skin. I wanted to teach my children healthy eating habits and how to live a HEALTHY life. If not me, then who was going to do it?
When my baby girl was 4 months old, I got a gym membership. I walked into that gym with all of the confidence in the world. I knew I was going to change this body of mine. I didn’t know exactly what to do, so I started with classes. I took Zumba and Cardio Kickboxing classes about 3 days a week. I have 2 injuries (knee and wrist) and have had 2 surgeries. Since it had been a while since I’d been in the gym, it was a struggle to work out for 3 days. My body hurt so bad but I never thought of giving up. There were days that I’d come home and cry in my closet, because the number on the scale didn’t reflect the work I was putting in. Dispite that, I knew that I couldn’t give up.
I started to change my eating habits by going low carb, and eating mainly chicken, veggies, fruit and nuts. I knew that if I wanted to see a major change, I had to change my diet drastically. I stuck to it and didn’t have any cheat meals for a while, because quite frankly I didn’t trust myself. If I had one, it could lead to many. At that point, I wasn’t strong enough to just have 1 or 2 cheats. On the weekends, I would incorporate healthy carbs into my routine. My motto was, “You can’t go wrong with real whole foods!”
I eventually worked up to exercising 5 days a week, with a few two-a-days thrown in. I do tons of cardio and try to lift every weekday. I can’t lift heavy, because of my wrist, but I can still lift. I can’t do walking lunges or even squats sometimes because of my knee, but I make adjustments and do what I can. I decided not to use my injuries or the pain I endure from them as an excuse. Instead, I use my injuries as motivation to work harder and longer at what I CAN do! Not everybody can do everything, but we can all do something. All you have to do is start and stay CONSISTENT.
I did it all naturally without any pills, wraps, or weight loss surgery. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it, and the feeling of accomplishment I have now is unreal. I feel as if I can do ANYTHING. I’ve taken my 5’7″, 273 pound body down to a healthy 168 pounds in about 14 months by eating good and working out! I went from a size 18 to an 8 and I couldn’t be happier. All I had to do was get my mind right. I feel like I finally get it. I’m 105 pounds down and this is only the beginning
If I can do it, I know that ANYONE can. My advice is just start by doing what you can, as hard as you can and for as long as you can. You can’t out train a bad diet. I’ve tried it many, many times. Find your why and believe in yourself. You will be completely amazed by what you are capable of when you really put you mind to it.