Transformation of the Day: Veronica lost 48+ pounds. She is on a mission to be a purpose-driven advocate for wellness and be available for her children and grandkids for years to come. By embracing a Vegan lifestyle, leaning on faith, and making fitness a top priority, she is thriving.
What was your motivation?
My motivation is being an advocate for wellness, being purpose-driven, and of course, being an ambassador for Christ. I have a goal to reach before I turn 50 years old, which is happening soon. I plan to continue building a legacy, enjoying the fruit of my labor, and being available for my children and grandchildren.
What inspired you to keep going when you wanted to give up?
Being a person of influence. I never want to steer people in the wrong direction and disappoint God. Wellness is essential to our daily life. Wellness improves productivity and performance; it lowers the risk of sickness and diseases, and good health minimizes stress levels.
As a social worker, work can be stressful. However, when I sit back and think about all the challenges I have overcome since I started this journey, I get inspired. I also get inspired when people tell me that me just being myself motivates them.
How did you change your eating habits?
I have been eating vegan for almost four years. Of course, I could blame the pandemic on my recent weight gain, but that would not necessarily be true.
I was in a car accident at the beginning of 2020. I injured my back, hip, and shoulder. And I wasn’t not moving around as much, and I worked from home. So, I went on a 21 day fast. I also began learning more about the raw vegan lifestyle. It minimizes the inflammation in my body. I am still in the process of converting over to the Raw Vegan lifestyle.
I love all green vegetables, raw and cooked. I drink a warm glass of lime water in the morning. I stopped drinking green smoothies in the morning. Now I drink mostly water or fresh juice in the morning and wait until mid-afternoon to take in greens. Through a Raw Vegan group on Clubhouse, I learned that this is better for digestion. It’s working well for me, and it has increased my metabolism.
What did your workout routine consist of?
- I pray.
- I meditate before and after the workout.
- I currently have a personal trainer. I work out with him three times a week.
- I do strength training.
- I get cardio in after our training sessions.
- I also do about 1-2 hours of walking in nature, roughly 3-4 times a week.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My heaviest was 300 pounds. During my transition to a vegan lifestyle, I lost 160 pounds. At the beginning of 2021, I weighed 246 pounds, and my current weight is 198 pounds.
What is your height?
When did you start your journey?
After physical therapy and months of going to a chiropractor, I decided to get a personal trainer in March 2021.
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
I learned not to be so focused on pounds. I weigh more now, but I’m stronger and I have more inches off my waist. I have also seen skin tighten up in areas I didn’t think you could tighten without surgery. I know women can have defined abs.
What advice do you have for women who want to lose weight?
Don’t be afraid of starting over. Remember, everyone’s body is different. Get a positive image of yourself in your mind, soul, and spirit.
Speak well of yourself at all times. Say your affirmations daily. Pray, and meditate. You don’t have to do it for hours for it to be effective.
Believe in yourself. Love your body, learn your body, and listen to it. Go at your own pace. It’s not a competition. No matter what, don’t give up.
We were all born with a purpose, and being healthy, mind, body, and soul will help you fulfill your purpose.