I am 5’8″ and my before picture in the black suit (attached) was my maxed weight of about 330+ lbs. I was smiling and funny on the outside, but I was lonely and depressed on the inside. I turned to food ease my sorrows but it only made it worse. I used to binge on fast food and would cry afterwards out of embarrassment over how much I ate. My love of fast food was costing me my self-esteem, my health, and almost ended my marriage. I had to do something about this. I tried and failed many times different diets and would give up the moment the scale stopped going down. It didn’t take much to trigger my emotional eating and I was also a constant snacker and consumed almost anything but water and I could drink anyone I knew under the table.
When I found myself at risk of not being able to have children, on several medications, and diagnosed with early osteoarthritis in both knees; I finally had enough and made a vow to myself to change for my health, for my future, for me.I started my journey on October 2015 and it’s been about a 9 month journey for my weight loss of 65 pounds and counting.
As of right now I am 265 pounds and I am working harder than ever to reach my goal weight of 200 pounds. I try to drink about 4-8 glasses of water daily. I limit my fast food intake to about once a week or bi-weekly. I exercise 6-7 days a week for at least 2 hours. I don’t have any soda, chips, or candy in my house and I have been maintaining an juicing/vegetarian lifestyle with an occasional treat. I also barely drink alcohol these days.
I had to really dig deep within myself to believe that this time would be different from the other attempts. I failed so many times that I once thought that it was too late for me to change and to just give up and accept my fate, but my will to live was stronger than my self doubt and I have been pushing forward ever since. I know that I will stumble along the way, but I now know that I do not have to stay down, but to get up and keep moving forward. You can follow my weight loss journey on instagram @curlybleu_fitness or check out my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXogiv6l-Yg7XzABNi7z3PQ
I did not have weight loss surgery. I did this with pure diet and exercise. My advice to women is that it is never too late to get healthy and in shape. I’ve tried and failed for over 10 years before I finally started to get it right. Every failure is a lesson to not only make yourself better, but to pass on to others, so that they may be able to avoid some of the mistakes that you made. You are your best motivator and you can have others rally behind you, but until you believe in yourself, you will never realize your full potential. You will suffer, you will make sacrifices, you will hit roadblocks, and you will be tempted, but that is where your faith comes in. Remember why you are doing the journey, visualize how you see yourself at the end of the journey, think about all that you accomplished thus far and why you cannot give up now; let your faith be your light and allow the light in you to shine and show you the way towards a better life. Believe in you.
I always do a 4 mile power walk 5-7 days a week. I practice yoga 3-4 times a week for strength, flexibility, and relaxation. I do Zumba/toning once a week, step class once a week, water aerobics 1-2 times a week, and I weight train 2-3 times a week. I strive for 2 cardio intensive workouts per day. I always like to switch up my workouts so my body doesn’t get bored. I also plan to get back into running. I used to participate with my Black Girls Running group in my home state of Ga, before my husband entered the military and we moved. I lost a bunch of weight running with my ladies and gained so many friends and supporters who cheered me one throughout our runs, no matter how slow I ran. My original support group was a Savannah based group called We Run Too, before the official Black Girls Run officially came to Savannah. Both groups were very good to me and taught me how to be a runner and that a runner isn’t based on a certain size. They taught me to never stop moving and to always do my best on a run and I’ve achieved several medals from the various runs that I participated in and I owe them greatly for being so inspiring and for believing in me. I also work out at home with my husband. He’s a martial artist and is also my trainer. He has introduced me to kickboxing and we practice many workouts of his creation in our back yard and he is also my training partner on my gym days. He is my biggest supporter and has been the one responsible for helping create my eating plans, holding me accountable for my choices during this journey, and for pushing me past my comfort zones during workouts.
I forgot to add to my original story pertaining to my issues of having children is due to my having polycystic ovarian syndrome as well as endometriosis. Both conditions are made worse the more overweight you are. I have undergone two surgeries thus far and the conditions have severely damaged my left ovary. I have been made to prepare to accept the fact that I may not be able to have kids as a result of my last surgery. Before I took my health seriously, my first surgery had me bedridden for 3 weeks. Since I’ve changed, my last surgery was barley painful and I was getting around by day two and by days 5 I had managed to but I’m almost 3 miles of cardio and I weight trained that day as well. That’s a huge difference. I know there are other women with my conditions and I want them to remain optimistic and to keep their faith The doctor’s answer is not the final answer and I have faith that God will deliver me through this storm and bless us to have a family when He says that it’s time. In the mean time, I am continuing to work hard on my fitness and health and to make myself the best I can be. There’s nothing that I cannot do as long as God is behind me and that’s a true testimony.
My Instagram name is: @curlybleu_fitness
My Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/curlybleu.fitness/
My YouTube site is: Curlybleu_Fitness
Blessings to you,
Xavia Daniels Taylor