Transformation of the Day: Tracy lost 88 pounds. She learned that she was medicating years of pain, disappointment and hurt with binge eating and comfort eating. Prayer, clean eating and exercise has been important on her journey, but dealing with the mental and emotional side of releasing the pounds has been key. Check out her story.
Hello, my name is Tracy G. I live in Daphne, Alabama. I have been back on my weight loss journey for 11 months now. I will have my one year “Get Fit” anniversary on March 25, 2016. Last year, I lost 50 plus pounds and after a epic fall I gained all the weight back. A learned from my previous weight loss success that I didn’t work on the mental side of weight loss, therefore I gained all the weight back.
After a lot of soul searching and prayer, I now understand why I gained the weight back. I now understand that pain from the past played a major roll with my weight gain. I turned to food to comfort me from years and years of hurt and pain. Through my weight loss journey this time around, I have worked on the physical, mental and the emotional. For the 1st time in my life I have learned that self love and the love of Christ is everything!
My journey has included lots and lots of water, prayer and faith! As of today, I have lost 88 pounds and my journey is far from over. My highest weight was 334 pounds and now I weight 246 pounds. My height is 5’6″. My goal is to be healthy, fit and look good in my jeans! My prayer is that sharing my journey will help someone along the way.
Before I started my journey I never consumed any water. My diet consisted of soft drinks and a lot of unhealthy food choices. I would start my day off with breakfast and, most of the time, I would go all day without eating. Therefore, I would binge eat at night because I was starving.
Now, I eat very clean, exercise twice a day (3 days a week), which includes walking and strength training. I eat lots of fresh vegetables, protein (such as grilled/baked chicken and fish), nuts and fruit. I drink a gallon of water a day. I also limit my carb and dairy intake. Also, I only eat red meat once or twice a month and I have one cheat meal during the weekend as a reward to myself.
I have found that walking 3 to 5 times a week along with some strength training has been of great benefit on my journey.
The advice I would give to anyone who wants to lose weight: Self love is everything! After many years of hurt and disappointment, I buried my emotions with food. You have to change your way of thinking and find out the core reason for your weight issues. The best advice I can give to others is to never give up on yourself! Set small goals each day and never give up!