Transformation of the Day: Trenia lost 73 pounds. After being inspired by a co-worker’s journey, she committed to eating healthy and exercising as her New Year’s resolution. She kept her promise, changed her lifestyle, and reaped the benefits of her hard work. Check out her story.
My family always told me that I was getting big, but I didn’t see it. All my cousins are skinny then there’s me, the fat cousin. I remember one of my cousins asked me to start working out with her, and I wouldn’t do it. I always said, “If nobody likes me the way I’m am, I’m still happy.” However, the truth was that I wasn’t happy. I really wanted to lose weight but didn’t know where to start.
I was working at Walmart, and some of my co-workers were also overweight. One of the girls got sick, and her doctors told her she had to lose some weight. I was talking to her one day, and she told me how she started to lose weight. That is the day that I jumped right on it. I thought, “If she can do it, so can I.” I decided to eat and drink all the snacks, sodas, ice cream, and chips I had already at home, and then replace everything with healthy food… And I did just that.
I started my weight loss journey in January 2018, right after New Year’s Eve. That’s was my New Year’s resolution. I went from 280 pounds to 209 pounds in little over a year. (My height is 5’2″.) My current weight is 207lbs, and I’m still losing weight because my goal weight is between 160 and 170lbs. I’m happy with my results and how far I’ve come. This has been a long journey. All the sweat and tears are paying off
I’m on a low carb diet now, but when I first started, I just cut everything out, including sodas, sweets, chips, white bread, fried food, and rice. I started drinking a lot of water. I basically ate chicken, fish, and vegetables for a while. Also, I drank green smoothies. I made sure I ate 3 meals and two small snacks a day.
I really don’t go out to eat anymore. If I do, I have grilled chicken or a salad. At the beginning of this year, I stopped eating meat for a couple of months, but I’ve added chicken and seafood back into my routine.
When I began my journey, I was working out twice a day. I did a lot of cardio, 2 miles on the trail, for example. All I wanted to do is cardio and then add weights later. Now, I’m lifting weights, and I have specific days for the body parts I want to work on. I work out 5 to 6 times a week for at least an hour. If I don’t make it to the gym, I go out and walk 2 miles.
The biggest lesson I learned is being patient and staying focused. I also learned that you can’t lose weight overnight. It takes time, and you need a strong mind.
Don’t get discouraged if you do not see the results right away. Never give up because all the sweat and tears are going to pay off at the end. To all the women who want to lose weight, I say, “Go for it!” You can do it. Never say you can’t, because you can. A Strong mindset is all you need. If you have that, you’ll master anything.