Transformation of the day: Shavone lost 87 pounds with healthier eating habits and a lot of cardio. Her main motivation is self-love, but she told us that it is beautiful to know that her boyfriend loves her and supports her regardless of her size.
What was your motivation?
My motivation was I! I started to gain a lot of weight when I met my boyfriend. I guess you could call it HAPPY WEIGHT, hahaha, but I wasn't happy with myself. He looked at me in the mirror and said: “WOW, I won a lot. I really need to lose weight. ” I was so insecure about myself, but having someone who loves you regardless of the size you have is a GREAT feeling.
He wanted to make me happy! I wanted to feel more secure. I was always tired, had no energy and felt lazy most days. I wanted to feel the SAME again. I decided to make a change in May 2018. I still have more weight to lose, but I strive every day to become the best person I can be!
How did you change your eating habits?
When I started, I threw everything out of my house that was not healthy. I love eating junk food. Who does not? Hahaha I stopped eating chips, cake, candy, fried food and pasta. I even cut beef during the first months. I also stopped ordering and instead started making more homemade food.
I brought a scale and began to weigh my food. I also tried to count my daily calories using an application called Lose it and I made sure to drink a lot of water every day.
For breakfast, I would drink ½ cup of oatmeal. (Old oatmeal with cinnamon and without sugar) with fruit and egg whites. If I didn't have that, I would have a protein shake. For lunch, I tried to eat 3-5 oz of protein (chicken / fish / ground turkey) with vegetables. I would drink ½ cup of brown rice only 3 times per week. For dinner, I would do the same. However, if I had brown rice for lunch, I wouldn't eat it for dinner.
I eat the fruit, mainly apples and strawberries, and stop eating after 7 in the afternoon. If I'm hungry later, I have some fruit! My most difficult struggle when it came to changing my eating habits was cutting food at 7 pm because I usually ate late and went to sleep.
What was your exercise routine?
My exercise routine would consist of a lot of cardio. I would do at least 45 minutes of cardio 4-5 days a week. I used the treadmill (walking / jogging), the elliptical, the Stairmaster, or I took a training camp class where we would do aerobics. After cardio, I would focus on abs, legs or arms. My complete workouts lasted an hour or two.
Initial weight / current weight
This trip has been a roller coaster for me. My biggest weight was 285 pounds, and I couldn't believe it. Gradually I began to lose weight over the years.
The photo on the left was taken in May 2017. [pink shirt]. That was when I started exercising and eating better. At that time, he weighed 252 pounds. Now I weigh 198 pounds.
Sometimes I am inconsistent and I am not responsible as I should. However, I always try to recover and get back on track. I am not perfect, and one thing I learned is that it is not a career. I am doing things at my own pace.
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What is the biggest lesson you have learned?
The biggest lesson I learned is that this is a journey for life. This trip is not easy. You will have days when you are not motivated, and that's fine. Go back up and go back to the track. Keep fighting for your goals and you will succeed. Once you see the results, it becomes addictive.
What advice do you have for people who want to lose weight?
My advice to people who want to lose weight is not to give up. The results may not be fast as you wish, but keep aiming at your goal and do it at your own pace. You are against you. No one is perfect, and yes, we are all wrong, but every day is a new opportunity to try again.
Another thing: TRY TO STAY AWAY from the scale. Take photos and put them next to each other. If you still don't see the results, it's fine. KEEP GOING AND DO NOT STOP.
Just remember that what works for me may not work for you and vice versa. Find what works for you, stick to it and the change WILL COME! When you feel like quitting, think about why it BEGAN.
I want to inspire and motivate people who are going through the same struggle that I go through every day with weight loss. I don't know where this trip will take me this year, but one thing is for sure: I never want to weigh so much again.