Today’s featured weight loss success story: Terraye lost 157 pounds. She gave us the full details of her 3 year journey where she did the research and learned what worked for her in terms of eating and exercise. I love it when ladies put their own unique weight loss plan together. Read her story:
“Hello Black Women Losing Weight, My weight loss journey began and ended in 2010 when I tipped the scale at a whooping 340 pounds. After years of trying miracle weight loss pills and diets. I decided to change my life. Fortunately I didn’t have any underlying health complications and prior to the weight gain I was very athletic. For the most part it was strictly about discipline, FOOD DISCIPLINE !!!
Initially, I started walking at the local park 6 days a week for about an hour. After a month I began to jog /walk. At the start I was only able to jog about 30 seconds at a time. The pounds were melting away and I was getting stronger and stronger. After 7 months I had lost about 60 pounds and I joined Ballys Total fitness. I began walking on the treadmill, then the elliptical, then the stairs and after I reached that -90lbs threshold. I started to add resistance training and other calisthenics (I would recommend adding these at the start of your weight loss journey).
I never hired a nutritionalist because I was too embarrassed to tell someone the amount of calories I would consume in a single day. I’m certain that I was consuming about 3000 calories daily just in beverages alone. I never hired a personal trainer because the mirror was all the motivation I needed. I researched different websites and read countless books on portion control and on obtaining a greater level of health and fitness.
With that information, I removed soda, sugar, bread and white rice out of my diet. I substituted it with lemon water, almonds and brown rice. Boring right?!?!? As my body changed and my abilities grew I had no desire for those unhealthy foods. I did however, allow myself a free meal weekly where I would have anything I wanted that wouldn’t reverse all the hard work I’ve put in. Strangely I’ve found that there are so many delicious foods that offer amazing benefits for my overall health and weight loss that I was missing out on while I was in someone’s drive thru lane. (Shrugs)
My transformation has taken about three years but I always say that I’m “under construction.” I generally workout 5-6 days a week for about 2 hours per session (I recommend spending less time in the gym so your body can recover properly). I’m nowhere near where I want to be physically but I tell myself daily that healthy doesn’t have a look. I work hard, I TRY to avoid behaviors that are not conducive to a healthy lifestyle and I stay as active as possible. A traditional gym can get boring and discouraging at times so I run and bike outdoors when I can; I lifts weights with the boys in the gym, I swim, box, rock climb, jump rope, skii and anything else where I can burn a calorie or two. The scale is a liar and we don’t get along very well but she says that I currently weigh 183 pounds. ;-).
My advice to anyone beginning this journey is to remember that one meal didn’t cause your weight gain so one workout will not reverse it. Consistency is key!!!! Don’t get caught up on a look or a number on a scale It will only complicate things. Pay close attention to non-scale victories they are the best motivational tools ever.
With Love, Terraye Mitchell-Evans”