Transformation of the Day: Vanessa lost 80 pounds. She reached a point where she didn’t like the woman staring back at her in the mirror. Emotional eating became habit and she felt that she was losing her identity. She learned to love herself more and accept herself. Check out what steps she took to turn it all around.
I’ve lost 80 pounds and hope to encourage others. I didn’t like the woman on the left. That woman I barely knew. I looked in the mirror and would often cry because I felt like I had no hope, no way out. I hated that girl I looked up at. I fed my fears and emotions with anything that I could get a hold of, which was often sweets and fast food. That girl could barely walk up a flight of steps without getting winded, and I lost my since of identity. I would have paid a million dollars to try to find that next pill or potion that was going to get me from where I was to where I wanted to be. I tried a lot of things, but none of it worked.
I had reached a point where I was exhausted. I had to do something, I had to get ME back. As scary as it was, there was no looking back. I didn’t want to go back to where I once was. It was hard work. I failed often but in my failing I got better. I learned more about myself. I learned how to accept my flaws, my hiccups and my hang ups. Over the course of the last 1 1/2 years, I have done multiple at home, exercise/weight loss programs to accomplish my 80 lbs weight loss.
Eating Habits: I made small little steps to change my eating habits. Started cooking more and eating less out. I joined a Beachbody challenge group for the 21 Day Fix program. It comes with a simple eating plan and I have followed it up until now. This program also incorporates a container system for meal planning. I cut out a lot of the processed foods and fast foods I was eating, and now cook at home. I do have an occasional treat meal, but not like I used to.
Exercise: I have used multiple, home based fitness programs, such as 21 day fix, Insanity Max 30 and Country Heat. I workout anywhere from 5-6 days a week, doing 30 minute a day workouts.
I started at 236.6 pounds and I currently weigh 156.4 pounds and I’m 5’4″. The advice I would give to other people who are trying to lose weight: Believe in yourself. You are capable. Never quit and take other people along with you to help with accountability. Put one foot in front of the other and never look back.
A difference two years can make. Don’t forget about your beginnings. So glad I started this journey 2 years ago and glad that I didn’t give up on myself. It has not been easy but it has definitely been worth it. I am worth living a healthy fulfilling life The person on the left was so depressed, didn’t believe in herself and battled with her weight all of her life. Sometimes taking chances is the best thing that you can ever do for yourself.