Zainab lost 61 pounds by adopting the Keto lifestyle. Her mother passed away due to diabetes complications. When her doctor told her she was at risk for developing the disease, she knew it was time to make a change.
What was your motivation?
The doctors told me that diabetes was where I was heading. I had tingles and numbness in my legs and feet. That scared me. My mother passed away from complications due to diabetes.
Instagram introduced me to the Keto lifestyle. I gave it a shot and lost weight. Keto taught me portion control, how to eat clean, and it got me away from my horrible addiction to juice and pop. (Also, I’ve always loved meat and cheese.)
What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up?
What inspired me to keep going is how good I felt. I’m coming up on two years clean and sober, and I had to address my weight issues with my recovery. I came to realize that food was my very first addiction, and I had to get a hold of that. Now, I treat my weight like I do my sobriety date. It is so important for me to stay the course.
How did you change your eating habits?
I completely cut out soda and juice. I could easily go through a gallon of juice a day in the past. I followed Instagram pages and found out that cooking and meal prepping was the thing to do. I also love veggies now.
I found no-carb sweets to curb the sweet tooth. I use monk fruit sweetener and drink ICE drinks. At first, I set a limit of 20 grams a day for carbs and sugar. As time went on, that didn’t really work for me, so I have learned that moderation is the key.
Tell us about your workout routine.
Honestly, I did not work out during this process. I did walk here or there, but my mind was focused on controlling what I put in my body. Now, I have started to exercise more because I’m trying to tone up and lose these last 25 pounds. I lift weights because I am horrified with my arms, and I also walk.
Starting weight/Current weight
I started at 283 pounds, and I now weigh 222 pounds. I feel amazing, and I’m looking good. I still have some work to do, but I know that it’s doable.
When did you start your weight loss journey?
I started my journey in June 2019. It took me a good seven months to lose the weight. I’ve been maintaining ever since with moderation and portion control.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
The biggest thing I live by is “One day at a time.” I am human. During this journey, I have to be kind to myself and remember my common goal. Slow and steady wins the race. I had to rewire my brain and my thinking around food. That process is not going to happen overnight. However, it is doable. I have not gained a single pound since June 2019.
What advice would you like to share with women who want to lose weight?
Do it one day at a time. Put everything you want out there in the universe, do the work, and it will happen.