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I’ve been classified as overweight & obese basically all my life. It didn’t bother me and I didn’t let it get me down. But over time, I knew I could do better, so I did. I always wondered what my body was capable of physically anyway. It’s by no means easy to lose weight and change your old habits, yet it’s possible! After having realize that I would soon face health problems (at such a young age) that I could avoid by just losing weight.. I took action.
What was your motivation? What inspired you when you wanted to give up?
My motivation was the reality of possibly being put on high blood pressure medicine at a very young age. The doctor told me that it could be avoided if I were to lose weight. My family and friends inspired me and the thought of how far I came kept me motivated to keep going. I didn’t want to go backwards and have to keep starting over.
How did you change your eating habits? What did you stop or start eating? Let us know if you used a specific plan or program.
I started with small steps, I replaced all my drinks with water. I stopped eating fast foods, fried foods and things high in sugar/sodium. I started eating more fruit and vegetables. I really didn’t follow any certain plan or program. I just basically tried to better my eating habits.
What did your workout routines look like? How often did you workout?
When I started for the first month (Dec.2015), I walked 2 miles, three times a week. The next following 4 months I invested in a personal trainer at a local boxing gym and I did 1 hour twice a week. We focused on cardio, weight training & HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). Now, I have a gym membership and I pretty much train myself.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
What is your height?
Starting Weight: 262lbs
Current Weight: 217lbs
Height: 5’5″
When did you start your journey? How long did your transformation take?
I started my journey December 2015 and my transformation is still a work in progress. I’m glad of how far I’ve come and looking forward to seeing what else I’m capable of. Working on losing another 40 pounds in addition to the 45lbs I’ve already lost.
What advice do you have for others who want to lose weight?
Start today and make small changes. It’s not going to be easy but I promise it’s going to be worth it.
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey? If so, what procedure?
No.

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