Transformation of the Day: Verlonda lost 86 pounds. After overcoming an eating disorder, brought on by being physically and mentally abused as a child, she weighed almost 300 lbs. With time, she learned that the fads that promise quick results don’t work. For this mother of 3, discipline, nutrition and faith was the perfect combination to get results. Check out her powerful story.
What was your motivation? What inspired you to keep going when you wanted
to give up?
After twelve years of physical and mental abuse from my mother, I went on to become Bulimic at 16 years old. The effects of this eating disorder nearly killed me and I knew I needed to stop. I eventually grew out of it by the time I was 21. Once I did, I ended up weighing a whopping 287 pounds.
I was depressed and miserable. I tried diet pills, Herbalife, excessive exercise, and anything else that promised me unreasonable results. It didn’t work for me. Eventually, I looked to God. He’s always been my resource to success. I decided to stop reaching for quick results, and made the choice to endure the journey of healthy eating and good old fashioned discipline. It worked. On the days I
wanted to give up, I prayed more and tried harder.
How did you change your eating habits?
I went to see a nutritionist. She took my weight and put me on a healthy eating plan. I was allotted a certain amount of carbs, fats and protein per day. I gave up fried foods, processed foods and processed sugars. I also had to give up chocolate and unhealthy snacks. Portion control was my best friend.
What did your workout routine look like?
In the summer, I rode my bike. Initially, I was only able to ride for a mile, but I discliplined myself to ride up to ten miles. Once I lost the weight, I joined the gym and began to lift heavy. Lifting heavy weights increased my metabolism and the remaining weight I needed to lose literally just fell off. I worked out Monday through Friday.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 287 pounds. Currently, I weigh 201 pounds. I’m 5 feet, 7 inches tall.
When did you start your journey? How long did your transformation take?
April 2017. My journey took 10 months. Before you ask… No, I didn’t have any kind of surgery. The only time I’ve ever been cut open was to bring my children into this world. I used good old fashion discipline to lose the weight.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
It’s silly to believe that a person can spend years gaining weight and seconds losing it. I believed in society’s false visions of reality. I thought a pill could help me. I believed in magic drinks and shakes. If those things did work for me, they worked for a season. When I stopped the pills and got rid of the drinks and shakes, all the weight I lost was gained back. I learned that sheer discipline is cheaper, and more lasting than any weight loss company’s promises.
What advice do you have for other women who want to lose weight?
You can do anything you put your mind to. Discipline went from being my worst enemy to my best friend. Learning discipline and achieving victory in one area of my life has strengthened my life in other areas. The mind is everything. What you think, you become. #BeEncouraged