Transformation of the Day: Zoporiah lost 163 pounds. After a lifetime of feeling like she wasn’t enough and struggling with her weight, she decided to take control and fight for her life. Using Bariatric surgery as a tool, she is making progress one step at a time. Check out her story.
In my 34 years of life, I have struggled with thinking that I was enough. Life has not always been easy, but I continued to move through life. However, I was not really living, in my opinion.
I struggled with being overweight for most of my 34 years. In the past, I lost 60 pounds, and I was able to keep that off, but I hit a plateau and met another struggle on my weight loss journey.
I was still struggling with self-love but taking it one day at a time. With the help of God and with self-reflection/evaluation, I decided to take control of my life. I decided that I was worth everything it took to fight for my life.
I had Bariatric surgery (VSG – Vertical sleeve gastrectomy), and I don’t shy away from talking about it! I can admit that I needed help, and this tool has helped me tremendously. I lost over 100 pounds in less than a year. I have accomplished work out goals that I set years ago. In the fight against negative thoughts and choosing to be kind to myself, I can honestly say that I have a sense of pride in what I have accomplished.
My journey will continue because it is a marathon, not a race. I will continue to take it one step at a time, one day at a time!
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My highest weight was 375 pounds. I got down to 330 pounds. My starting weight, before surgery, was 325 pounds. My current weight is 212 pounds. My goal weight is 150 pounds.
What is your height?
I’m 5’6 1/2″
When did you have surgery?
I had surgery on September 5, 2018
How did you change your eating habits after surgery?
My taste buds changed. The things I use to like, such as fries, they just don’t taste the same now. I don’t care to have those foods, and that is saying a lot for someone who was a fry lover! I don’t eat bread, and I just realized yesterday that bananas might be out as well. They hurt my tiny tummy.
I eat a lot of cheese. I LOVE cheese. I love salad, and I eat one almost every day. As far as protein, I stick to seafood, more than anything.
What did your workout routine consist of?
I try to go to the gym at least three times a week. I do cardio and weightlifting. Sometimes a take boot camp or a class as well.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
You are the only one who can live your life. To live life and have joy, live it on your terms. It’s between you and God!
What advice do you have for women who want to lose weight?
Take the plunge. Even if you are scared, do it anyway, but always remain humble.