Let’s show some BWLW love to this sista! Taliea lost 58 pounds, going from 287 to 229 pounds. Here is what she shared with us:
“I am not ashamed to show my before picture. This is one of the few before photos that I have, because I hated taking pictures. I didn’t want to face the fact that I was HUMONGOUS! It was my way of refusing to accept my reality…I am obese! In the picture on the left, I was a hefty 287 lbs, give or take a few. I realized I needed to get off my ass, and get healthy, or I was probably going to die of a heart attack. Period!
Although I’ve come a long way in a few years, I know I still have more to go. I’ve fallen off the wagon a few times, but I kept pushing on, and am closer than ever to MY goal weight (I’m sure medical books would want to argue with the number I’ve picked).
I never set out to become anyone’s inspiration; I simply sought to inspire myself. (I do have a small support system, and appreciate everything they’ve done to encourage me.) Throughout my journey, I have had a few people message me that they’ve started their own weight loss transformations because they’d seen me post about mine. Just last night, I received a message from a very dear friend of mine, who told me, again, how much I’ve inspired her, and it brought tears to my eyes (y’all know I’m an emotional wimp, anyway).
I said all that, and posted a “before and after,” to say that anything is possible if you really set your mind to it. As cliche as that statement is, it’s 100% true! I’ve got people calling the elliptical machine “the devil” because of how much I mention “the devil” in my workout posts. I seriously loathe that piece of equipment, but, if it weren’t for the time that everyday I spend on it, I would quit. I’m challenging myself and continuing to lose weight.
I just wanted to share a little piece of me. Oh, the picture on the right is me at 229 lbs. Yes, I’m definitely still considered “obese,” by medical standards (height to weight ratio, etc) but I’m no longer “morbidly obese.”
It took me realizing where I was to appreciate where I am. Progress!”