Let’s show some love to Whitney who has lost 82 pounds. This lady of Zeta Phi Beta wrote to us to share how she pushed past the pounds and the pain of losing loved ones to obesity and began changing her life earlier this month. Here is her story:
“Hello, my name is Whitney. I stared my journey on Feb. 1st of this year at 490 pounds. I eat clean and workout everyday some times twice a day. I want to show the world it doesn’t matter the size, we can all get healthy.
I’m 26 Years old and embracing this new walk of fitness. After losing my grandmother and my mother in their early 40’s from obesity, I feared that I would be next. Dealing with all the hurt and pain, I decided that enough was enough. I got on my scale and almost passed out at the fact that I had eaten myself into a 490 pound body. At that point I thought for sure life was over but after praying and turning it over to God I realized I had power to change. On February 1st, 2013 I got my first gym membership. I had no idea what I was doing and I couldn’t fit into any machines. This depressed me but I wouldn’t give up. So, I found one machine that I could fit and that was the elliptical bike. I rode that bike until I was able to burn 1000 calories a day. Then I worked my way up to the treadmill and the regular elliptical. I wouldn’t leave the gym until I burned 1000 calories. I also changed my eating habits. I would use My Fitness Pal as guidance. I then joined a boot camp class and the weight began to melt away. I cut out all fried foods, I don’t eat any white carbs. Also, I eat three meals a day and nothing after 7 pm. I have a cheat snack (not meal) but only snack twice a month.
I’ve been on this walk for 8 months and I’ve lost 82 pounds. My current weight is 408. I am determined to walk out of this coffin I use to call my body. One meal, one workout, one day at a time, I’m doing things I never thought possible. Running, jogging, sit-ups, push-ups, squats, leg lifts, frog jumps, weight lifting…The whole works. Now, I’m able to help others who’ve thought they are too big to workout or be healthy. If I did it at 490 pounds I know that you can do it too. Join me in the movement. With God all things are possible. Follow my videos, pictures and food/ workout plans on Instagram @biggirl_workingout
My advice to anyone starting this journey is to remember we all have to start from some where. This is not a race but a lifestyle. We will have good days as well as bad days but we don’t give up and never quit. Working out is hard but day by day it will get easier. We have to push pass the pain and keep the mission close to heart. We can beat this fight of obesity. Remember God will break the chains but we have to break the habits. Be blessed!!!”
Now she can fit into one leg of her old size 36 pants. AWESOME!!