Transformation of the day: Shana lost 105 pounds. She began her journey seven years ago after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. She has faced some ups and downs, but she learned what habits are essential for maintaining long-term weight loss. Look at his story.
What was your motivation? What inspired you to follow when you wanted to give up?
My motivation was that I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at an early age in 2012. That diagnosis moved me to the core and made me take care of my health and made me more aware of what I put in my mouth. I lost more than 50 pounds, and BWLW presented my story in 2013.
Stress and life stopped my weight loss journey in 2016. For three years, I didn't lose a pound. In fact, I gained 20 pounds back! In 2017, I lost my aunt to colon cancer, and in 2018, I lost a very close friend to sickle cell anemia. Although his chronic illness was different from mine, he hit me very close to home and rekindled my fire to be fit.
I went to see an endocrinologist, started eating correctly again and lost another 50 pounds in 2019. Now, my weight loss is 105 pounds. When I wanted to give up during my seven years of physical activity, my health and see how a person's life can disappear so soon is what keeps me going.
How did you change your eating habits?
I changed my eating habits by tracking calories in MyFitnessPal and addressing my sugar intake (which is where my addiction lies). I began to limit and then eliminate the consumption of soft drinks and juices. Then I went on to limit and eliminate the candies in the box. The trick is that if you don't buy it, you won't eat it.
What was your exercise routine?
I follow The 12-week Livefit coach of Jamie Eason program presented in bodybuilding.com. You must subscribe to the application for the full access pass, but it's worth it, and I highly recommend it. You can keep track of your workouts and it tells you exactly what you are doing for the day. On my days off, I make an "active recovery" where I will go for a walk in the neighborhood or ride a bike for about 20 minutes. I train five days a week for 1 hour – 1 1/2 hour.
What was your initial weight? what is your current weight?
My initial weight was 282 pounds, and I currently weigh 177 pounds.
How tall are you?
I have 5 & # 39; 9 ″.
When did you start your trip? How long did your transformation take?
As I said before, I started in 2012, I lost 50-60 pounds until 2015, and I kept it out. Then I stabilized and gained 15-20 pounds in 2016. I lost more than 50 pounds in 2019.
My transformation took seven years. It is a marathon, not a safe sprint.
Is weight loss surgery part of your trip?
I did not have weight loss surgery. I lost weight with proper nutrition, sleep and exercise. I had a tummy tuck on 6/1/2020 to remove excess skin from my weight loss of more than 100 lbs.
What is the biggest lesson you have learned?
The comparison is the thief of joy! Don't compare your trip with anyone else's. It may take a while, but never give up.
What advice do you have for other people who want to lose weight?
There are no shortcuts that are durable. Proper nutrition, exercise and sleep are the only ways to maintain success. Fad diets, pills, saran wrap and belly teas do not work. Hard work and determination will work.