Transformation of the Day: Tellesha lost 47 pounds. After getting a divorce, exercising and eating right raised her low self-esteem and helped her to feel better. She learned the power of consistency and believing in yourself. Check out her journey.
What was your motivation? What inspired you to keep going during the tough times?
About 3 years ago, I got a divorce, and my life changed for the better. I was very low on self-esteem after getting divorced. Working out and eating better actually helped me get over the divorce. I loved the feeling I had when I worked out. What inspired me to keep going was the fact that no one can do this for me.
How did you change your eating habits?
I started eating low carb and exercising 5 times a week. I cut out all soda and juice. I only drink water, coffee, and tea. I cut out all alcohol as well.
What did your workout routine look like?
I used videos from fitnessblender.com. They have a program that puts your workout on a daily calendar, so it is easy to follow. I used free hand weights. I did HIIT workouts and workouts that target arms, legs, glute, and abs. I exercised 5 to 6 days a week for about 30-40 mins each day.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
I struggled to lose weight after giving birth to my 2nd child. I am 5 feet tall and my weight ballooned up to 201 pounds. I started my journey on 8/11/2015. At the time, I weighed 185 pounds. I managed to lose 45 pounds, but I got relaxed and gained some of the weight back. Within 6 months, I was down 45 pounds again. I maintained it for about 1 year, then I started getting relaxed with my eating and gained 20 pounds back. I restarted my journey again on 1/7/18 after my grandma passed away. I currently weigh 154 pounds.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
The lesson I have learned is that consistency is key. I’ve also learned that you must believe in yourself. Even when you don’t, pretend that you believe in yourself.
What advice would you share with other people who want to lose weight?
Everyone’s journey is different. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. If you watch what you eat and exercise it will happen not overnight, but gradually your body will change. I wish I had the self-love that I have now 10, even 15 years ago… but baby steps. I love myself first now.