Transformation of the Day: Talonjara lost 145 pounds. In 2019, she was diagnosed with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and kidney malfunction. Having tried various plans and fads without success, she was ready for a lasting, realistic lifestyle change. She shared with us how she figured out what works for her.
At the age of 26, on March 14, 2019, I was diagnosed with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and kidney malfunction. At that very moment, I realized that I had to do something because I have a dependent son to live for and so many young girls to impact and inspire. Besides, all the diagnoses were hereditary within my biological family.
Along my journey from 340 pounds to 195 pounds, I shared the highs and lows of my weight loss journey, using it as an opportunity to reach people who “look like me.”
In the past, I was a minister within the religious sector. I realized that ministry was so much more than the confinement of the four walls of a building. I wanted to reach the people where they were without any judgment. So often, we grasp the attention of others when our situation is relatable.
Nearly two years later, I am impacting lives worldwide through health, wellness, and service. I previously believed that if my clothes fit and I had a pretty face, health was not that important. Truth be told, health is everything if you desire to live to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
How did you change your eating habits?
Throughout my journey, I have tried numerous weight-loss plans. You name it, and I have tried it. Two years ago, I was all over the place while embarking on this journey alone. I tried fasting, a liquid diet, a smoothie diet, the watermelon diet, the egg diet, and the military diet. I found them all to be temporary and quick fixes. I needed something more permanent and long-lasting.
I was exhausted from losing weight fast, only to gain it back and sometimes gain twice as much as I lost. Some would call me a “try-dieter” because I will probably try anything considered a diet that works.
Then, there was a light at the end of my diet search. I found something that works for me. I turned to Keto (not strict) and consumed 50g-75g of carbs per day. Eating 50g-75g was more realistic than the recommended 20-25g on traditional Keto. I wanted to be realistic and fair with myself as I have always been a full-figured woman all of my life. I reached success by decreasing my carb, sugar, and sodium intake and increasing my proteins, fats, veggies, and exercise.
What did your workout routine consist of?
My primary goal was to improve my food choices and remain in a calorie deficit to drop pounds in the healthiest and most natural way possible. I began by exercising three times per week for 30 minutes. Then I gradually increased to exercising 5-6 days for 60 minutes. I often modify my exercise routine not only to drop pounds but to tone. I rotate between walking and weight training.
What is your current weight?
What is your height?
5 feet, 8 inches tall
How long did your transformation take?
18 months, equivalent to 1.5 years.
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?
No, I was fortunate to go through this journey without any surgical procedures.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
To trust the process (as it is definitely a lifestyle), remain consistent, and move at my own speed.
What advice would you like to share with women who want to lose weight?
I would encourage other inspiring women to identify their “why” and their self-identified purpose to why they are losing weight. The journey is not easy and will forever be an ongoing process, but consistency brings forth results. I would also like to encourage others to find what works for them as the results and speed varies.
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