Transformation of the Day: Tee lost 147 pounds. She was tired of hospitalized weekly and taking five different meds. While taking care of everyone else, she forgot to take care of herself. Becoming a Vegan, juice fasting, and becoming a Spin class instructor are key factors in her success story. Check out her story.
I started my weight loss journey in January of 2018. I weighed 332 pounds, I was taking five different medications, and I had back and leg pain. Being sick in the hospital every week, not being able to keep up with my family and losing myself in the mix made me step up and change.
I remember one embarrassing moment when I was sick in the hospital. My doctor had to lift the extra skin on my stomach to check where the pain was coming from. I was mortified and so embarrassed. Since that moment, I’ve never looked back.
I changed everything about myself. In January 2018, I just jumped in and went cold turkey on all the things I loved in the past.
- I went Vegan and began juicing daily, which I still do.
- I also started working out six times a week.
- I introduced myself to intermediate fasting and herbs as well.
- I only drank water and veggie drinks (which I still live by today).
- I go on juice fasts which can last up to a month, and I make sure that if I’m not juicing, I still get three juices in me a day.
- I use portion control when I eat solid meals.
Within four months, I had already dropped 40 pounds and was off all medication. I continued my journey, and by the end of the year, I came to a plateau. I began to get bored with working out, and I still hadn’t hit my goal. Then, in January 2019, I was introduced to Spin class. From that moment on, I was in love. Spin class helped me hit my goal of 140 pounds gone. I became a spin instructor and continued on.
Now, I work out every day. I have multiple classes, so somedays I’m working out three times daily. I fell in love with better health, working out, and the new me. It’s truly become a lifestyle.
I went from 332 pounds to 185 pounds in 19 months with no surgery at all. (height: 5’7″) I just stayed at it, no matter how many times I messed up or had a bad meal. I counted those days and kept moving. I never gave up or started over just because I messed up. Starting over is where a lot of us mess up. I count each mess up and keep it moving. It’s been a fantastic journey, and I’m still on it. Can’t wait for what’s to come
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to make time for myself while being a mom and a wife. Going to school, taking care of daily tasks, and being the housewife for 8 yrs, I lost myself. I stopped seeing me. I cared for others and forgot that if I didn’t care for myself, I wouldn’t be around to care for my family. I lost myself through the years. As I lost myself, I didn’t see what I was doing to myself mentally, physically, and emotionally. So, I’ve learned to love myself.
My Advice: DON’T START OVER! We all mess up. We eat things that we didn’t plan for. We all miss a day of working out. We all sneak a snack here and there. Then, we tell ourselves that we will start over after each mistake, but when we do, it’s not with the same 100% mindset as before. Or…We fall off, give up, or don’t start over at all.
Throughout my two years I’ve messed up many days, but because I never stopped or started over, I’ve made it to where I am today. Starting over doesn’t fix the problem. We fix it.
If you mess up, count it as a loss and keep the journey going. When we mess up, it shows us the area, foods, or workouts we need to focus on. Take the mess up and carry on. There’s no need to announce it because it’s not for the world to know and judge you. It’s for you to fix and make it better. We can be our own worse enemies if we allow ourselves to be. Be your biggest supporter and show others what happens when you don’t give up.