Mommy is Transforming: Zadora lost 100 pounds. After giving birth to her daughters, postpartum depression led to weight gain. Months later she had a life threatening bout of Diabetic Ketoacidosis that opened her eyes and led her to start her weight release journey. Check out what she shared with us.
Hi, my name is Zadora. I’m 24 years old and this is my story thus far. I have always been a bigger woman, but once I gave birth to my twins my weight I really spiraled out of control. I only gained 7 pounds while pregnant, but I put on 50 lbs after delivering due to post-partum depression. My highest weight was 445 pounds. I was shocked to find out that I weighed that much, but that still didnt change me.
What changed me happened back in April 2015, when my twins were 10 months old. I fell ill with Diabetic Ketoacidosis and almost died. That is what made me decide that I am not going to leave my babies motherless. I found something that I loved more than good food… my family.
I decided that it was time for a change so I started going through the process for weight loss surgery, which included a 6 month supervised diet. I was able to find my own balance of going vegan/vegetarian, combined with just plain healthy eating . I exercise daily and drink a whole lot of water.
I cut out all the carbs and junk food. No more fast food or soda, and the couple sweets I did indulge in I stopped having. Now, I eat a fusion diet, as I call it. Sometimes I will vegan or vegetarian for a whole week and other times I am eating lean and healthy meats (no pork) along with low carb sides. I love cooking healthy kid friendly meals as well. I plan to start a blog on my journey soon.
When it was warmer outside, I would push my girls in the stroller for exercise. We would also go on long walks. Now, I do in-home aerobic workout tapes and youtube videos, as well as jump roping and kettlebell exercises.
I’m so far into this journey and I have already lost 100 pounds. I currently weigh 345 lbs at 5’8″ tall. I been taking small steps since April 2015, but went full throttle beginning in July 7, 2015. I’ve decided to delay applying for weight loss surgery, because I am curious to see how far I can get without it. I always tell my daughters (now 20 months old) that they were sent here to save my life, because before becoming a mom I was traveling quickly down a fast road to unhealthy living. I know that I still have a long ways to go, but the first 100 lbs was so hard to lose that I cried many times and almost gave up. Now, I feel so good that I am off my insulin. My diabetes is close to reversing and above all I can breathe again with no more shortness of breath
Advice others who want to lose weight: Drink WATER, WATER, WATER! Also, don’t worry about what the next person is doing. Just live your life and be happy. Be happy with the weight you lose, not sad because “Salle Joe Over There” lost more than you. Celebrate all of the small victories. Find something that motivates you and think of it everytime you want to quit.