Transformation of the day: Natasha lost 108 pounds. From childhood, his weight was a constant struggle. When he received test results that indicated various ailments, including chronic pancreatitis and prediabetes, it was a serious wake-up call. She found success through faith, healthy eating habits, exercise, and consistency.
I was obese as long as I could remember. At eight years old, I was already twice the size of kids my age. I wore my emotions like a coat to hide from the world. At the age of 11, he weighed over 200 pounds.
Fad diets came and went. Weight loss programs were started, only to be abandoned a few weeks later. I also tried all the diet pills on the market. Nothing seemed to work, and with each failure came more disappointment and even more weight than I started.
I had accepted that my life was over when I reached my highest weight of 323 pounds. I felt I was only living to die, but thank God. He wasn’t done with me.
Some test results showing chronic pancreatitis, vitamin deficiencies, prediabetes, and risk of sleep apnea were enough to show me that it was time to take control. I wasn’t trying to be skinny or trying to adjust to anyone’s standard of beauty. I was fighting for my health … my life.
In just over a year, I’ve lost 108 pounds simply by eating a healthy diet and being physically active in any way I can. This journey has become a lifestyle rather than a race to the finish line. This trip for life and I am proud to have had the opportunity to take it. This is just the beginning.
What was your motivation?
My motivation was ultimately my health. He had reached a point where it was painful to walk, painful to stand for more than a few minutes. And I didn’t want to leave my house anymore because I couldn’t keep up with my friends when we went out. As I noted, getting my doctor’s test results was the real wake-up call that got me started.
What inspired you to follow when you wanted to give up?
I believe that God has always placed in my heart the power to train others with his weight battles. Like any other dream, it comes with obstacles. My trip was my obstacle. I knew that if I wanted to go after this, I had to lead by example. Being able to help others in the future is what keeps me going.
How did you change your eating habits?
I realized that I could not follow any diet that restricted a specific food group or made me feel deprived. I learned to develop a love for healthy foods that nourish my body.
How did you start exercising?Dancing! Dancing has always been one of my passions. When my church had vacancies in a dance group for an upcoming conference, I knew I had to join. This led me to take aerobic walking exercises (which I have tried in the past). My workouts at home became venturing back to the gym as my confidence grew.
How often did you train?
Initially, I was only training 3-4 times a week. I didn’t want to commit suicide by exercising and then give up because I felt overwhelmed or exhausted. As my endurance increased, I began to enjoy exercising more. I increased my time to at least five days a week.
What was your initial weight? what is your current weight
My starting weight was 323 pounds. Currently, I weigh 215 pounds and plan to lose even more.
How tall are you?
When did you start your journey?
How long did your transformation take?
One year and three months.
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?
What is the greatest lesson you have learned?
I’ve learned that you can’t hate yourself and beat yourself to lose weight. You have to love yourself during the trip. Love where you are and enjoy the experience. We can spend so much time just concentrating on reaching our target weight that we miss the beauty and growth that comes in the meantime.
What advice do you have for people who want to lose weight?
Every weight loss journey is unique. Never compare yourself to anyone else and be discouraged. Also, it doesn’t matter how many times you fall, trip or need to start again. Just keep going. It’s not about speed, and it doesn’t matter how long it takes. It’s about consistency. Keep it up and the weight will come off.
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