Transformation of the day: Shanita lost 92 pounds. With her 40th birthday approaching and high cholesterol becoming a concern, this mother of three children decided to make some changes. He got the support of an online exercise program and focused on his "Why" to stay motivated.
When did you start your trip? How long did your transformation take?
I decided to change in 2018, but the real work started in February 2019. I have about 10 pounds left, but I've been on this trip for 11 months.
What was your motivation? What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up?
I went to the doctor in January 2018 and discovered that my cholesterol was very high. Hypertension works in my family, so I knew that my risk of having a cardiovascular event was very high. I started walking more in 2018 and bought a Fitbit to follow my steps that summer. However, I needed to change my nutrition and be even more active.
In January 2019, I went to a wedding in Punta Cana and I was not happy with my appearance, in addition to the possibility of having to start taking medication. In addition to all this, I am approaching 40 years and I want to be fit for my 40th birthday.
I have three children for whom I want to be here, so in February 2019, I got serious. That was when I saw real results.
How did you change your eating habits?
A friend of mine introduced me to macros and helped me calculate the nutritional content of my weight loss diet. I used My Fitness Pal and the Fitbit app. I started tracking what I ate, observing the amount of carbohydrates I consumed and added protein shakes to my diet.
In July 2019, I joined MPowered Fitness (an online group) and I got the support of amazing women and our fantastic coach, Maria coach. This program supported my desire to learn more about nutrition and exercise. It also helped me understand my why, my emotional triggers and the importance of sleep and water intake.
What was your exercise routine?
I started exercising at home using the Fitbit exercise program four days a week. Then, in March, I returned to the gym. Now I work 5 to 6 days a week. I do about 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of weights / body sculpture. I also take aerobics on Saturday, which I really enjoy.
What was your initial weight? what is your current weight?
My initial weight in 2018 was 247 pounds. Now I weigh 155 pounds.
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Is weight loss surgery part of your trip?
I did not have surgery, but I support those who choose that route.
What is the biggest lesson you have learned?
Consistency is the key. You may have an error, but what matters is how you recover.
What advice do you have for women who want to lose weight?
Start with your why. Why are you starting the trip? What are you looking to achieve? Try not to make your goal based on superficial things.
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