Transformation of the Day: Vana lost 70 pounds. She was pre-diabetic, dealing with PCOS and tired of just existing instead of thriving. By eating clean, cutting down on carbs, and practicing intermittent fasting, she has transformed.
What was your motivation? What inspired you when you wanted to give up?
I was motivated when I could no longer look at myself in the mirror. The person who looked back at me wasn’t the woman I wanted to be. I was tired of just existing.
I was pre-diabetic, and my weight was negatively affecting my PCOS. There were times when I don’t eat as clean as I should (and there continue to be times that I don’t). However, as long as I get back to my routine immediately, I’ll be back on my path.
How did you change your eating habits?
The carbs had to go. I tried Keto, but I couldn’t maintain that lifestyle because I’m a fruit person. I switched to low carb and stuck to non-processed foods. Clean eating and intermittent fasting got me to where I am today.
What did your workout routine look like? How often did you workout?
In the beginning, I couldn’t get up a flight of stairs without being completely winded. I danced and did BeachBody exercise programs. I work out six days a week.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 300 pounds, and my current weight is 230 pounds.
What is your height?
I am 5ft, 8 inches tall.
When did you start your journey? How long did your transformation take?
I started in the Summer of 2018. It’s been two years.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
Consistency is key. I’ve always been a yoyo dieter. Every time I started and did not see any results in a week or two, I would quit. I stopped focusing on the scale and started focusing on how I felt.
I’ve accepted that I am human and will make human mistakes, but I would no longer punish myself by binge eating. Today, I’m allowed a cheat meal every now and again, and it’s no longer a bad thing.
What advice do you have for others who want to lose weight?
You should set realistic goals, and don’t expect a miracle. Just start, even if that means only cutting out unhealthy foods a little at a time, counting calories and going to the gym. All you need to do is start now. Don’t do it tomorrow, start today.
Life will happen, and excuses will be made, but you have to push through. You have a goal, and you won’t reach it by denying yourself what you really want. Go for it!