Weight Loss Transformation of the Day: Yachica lost 102 pounds over the course of one year. This busy mom was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and was already dealing with hypertension and depression at the time. She shared with us the simple actions she took to change her lifestyle.
What was your motivation?
I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in March 2014. In addition to my battles with hypertension, and depression, this proved to be too much for my busy lifestyle and bustling careers. Obesity runs on both sides of my family and has caused the untimely demise of many woman in my family. I have 2 daughters and a son to not only live for, but to set a healthy example of how to live your best life. I was failing miserably.
How did you change your eating habits?
The first phase was cutting carbohydrates and sugars completely from my diet. Cleansing toxins from all the fat and sugar will set you on the track to eating fresh. I ate smaller, healthy meals and ate more vegetables and lean meats. It helps to work with a nutritionist or doctor who will test your nutrient levels. Find out what your body needs and get it in. Make sure you are incorporating the things your body needs to function and GET IT IN THERE.
What did your workout routines look like?
I have to sneak into fitness because I HATE the thought of actually working out. I did one hour walks in the early morning and in the evening. A flag football game, basketball game, or kickball game with the family was a workout. Cardio was key in the first stages of weight loss. Now, I am focusing on toning and weights to tighten up lose skin.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
Starting: 274 pounds
Current: 172 pounds
How long did your transformation take?
What advice do you have for others who want to lose weight?
The most difficult part of weight loss is beginning the journey itself. I would say that my transformation was 50% physical weight loss and 50% mental weight loss. My relationship with food COMPLETELY CHANGED. I no longer live to eat, I eat to live. I look at food as nourishment for my body and not my best friend, lover, homie, etc. I had to find other things to stimulate and fulfill those needs.