Transformation of the day: Frenchette lost 85 pounds. Asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea could not stop it. This proud soror Zeta Phi Beta took action through gastric sleeve surgery, healthier eating habits and walking.
I am a 50-year-old married mother, who at the age of 48 woke up one day and realized that if she wanted to reach 50 years and more with any quality of life, she had to do something different. Already living with asthma, he had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea and back and knee problems that required surgery. I faced all this while weighing 230 pounds at 5 feet, 1.5 inches tall.
I saw my son lose 80 pounds while preparing for the Air Force, so I knew it could be done. I started my trip in November 2017.
Exercise: I started walking. At first, he turned the block. Then, I made 1 mile, and finally, I got up to 3 miles. I worked 3-4 days a week.
Feeding Habits: I also started cooking in a pan and then I moved to Recently a Meal delivery service, when my work / travel schedule was too busy because I didn't want that to sabotage me.
I realized that while walking, healthier eating and calorie counting caused weight loss, I needed a permanent solution. I decided to have the Gastric Sleeve procedure on May 22, 2019. After the surgery, I ate smaller portions, reduced the sugar, drank more water and continued counting calories.
Now I weigh 145 pounds. My final goal is 130 pounds, but I am happy with my location because I am healthier than I have been in a long time.
I have learned that you have to do this for yourself because you love yourself. It's okay to be selfish and take care of yourself. I spent much of my life taking care of my spouse and my son while I forgot / neglected. You also need a support system. I thank my sisterhood sisters, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, and their focus on self-care and being fit.
Advice: Start somewhere. Just do the first step. When I started walking, I was just around the block, but I was moving. When I started to change the way I ate, it was cooking in a pan instead of eating out and being consistent with it. The first step to change your life is to take that first step and be consistent. You are worth it!