Transformation of the Day: Veronica 90 pounds. Her journey was about health, love for self, and patience. Wanting to be the healthiest version of herself, she did her research, gradually adopted a vegan lifestyle and made fitness a priority. Check out her journey.
What was your motivation? What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up?
Me! I had a goal, a vision, a plan for me. I had to succeed for me because
if not for self, how can I be great at anything else? I had to be the best
and healthiest version of me. That motivated me! Well, that and the cruise
I planned when I initiated the journey.
How did you change your eating habits?
I started by cutting out soda and everything from the drive-thru. I only allowed myself 1700 calories per day. Then, I cut out land animals, then fish, and eventually, I became a vegan. When you become mindful, you see so many things for what they are.
What did your workout routine consist of?
I began by doing cardio only. By using the Elliptical and walking, I lost my first 20 pounds. I started at 5-10 minutes a few days a week and worked my way up to 5 days a week, adding 5-10 minutes to my workout each week. Then I got into the gym and lifted weights 1 day a week. When you hit plateaus, you have to give your body something different, so I incorporated at home aerobics and bike riding to my workout routine. Eventually, I got to a 6 day a week workout schedule, but honestly, that’s too much.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 235 pounds, and my current weight is 145 pounds.
What is your height?
When did you start your journey? How long did your transformation take?
I started in 2009 I believe (maybe 2010.) I took 3 years total to lose weight.
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?
Not at all. I thought about it a few times but decided that me and the food industry were going to go head to head on this.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
Patience and love for self. It took me 3 years! I was so angry with
myself. Now that I’m here at 145lbs, healthy, and vegan, I realize that it
took me a long time to put the weight on so, of course, it’s going to take
time getting it off.
It’s like going back to health class and relearning everything about food. I now appreciate that I had time to study and experience the full transition. It gave me the most amazing love and appreciation for self. We can lose all the weight in the world, but if our hearts and our love for self isn’t there, it’s never a win.
What advice do you have for women who want to lose weight?
LOVE YOURSELF through this process, Sis. You are magic, and that weight is simply that, weight. It will come off with time and patience. Your
mindfulness is more powerful than the crap they put in food. Tap into your magic, your soul, and you will succeed in this and everything else.