Essence’s Weight loss Story

Now that we are acquainted. Let me share with you my weight loss story!! =)

 

I use to be one of those women who was big but “carried my weight well” as a lot of people would say. I felt like that was a nice way of saying “you’re big, but not THAT big.” I would go to the gym 3 times a week, doing 45 minutes on the elliptical, but still eating whatever I wanted to. I knew this was not going to get me where I needed to be and I tried to be content with myself but at the end of the day I was very unhappy with my weight. I hated the way my clothes fit and before I knew it I was 28, 184lbs at 5’3 wearing a size 13 and depressed. My doctor told me I was border line diabetic and I had high blood pressure and if I didn’t get it under control I would have to be put on high blood pressure pills.

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July 1st 2012 was the day that turned not only my health around but my life around! This is the day I started a 7 day all fruits and Vegetables cleanse. I’m not perfect, I can honestly say I was one of those people who bought chips, cookies, and all other snacks you can think of and I’m not afraid to admit I told myself I would eat all of it before I started this cleanse. Who wants to waste food right? I know– Don’t judge me. So let’s go back to when I changed my life. 7 day cleanse and down 6lbs from it. I went from 3 days of 45 minutes on the elliptical to 6 days a week of doing 1 1/2 hrs of a combination during the week of Turbo Kickboxing, Body Combat,  Nike Boot Camp Classes, running 3 times a week, and incorporating weight lifting at least twice a week. I don’t like diets. So my meals consisted of eating better choices and smaller portions. Was I perfect? Nope, Did I cheat? Hell Yea! I mean let’s be realistic. And I am not the person to cook on Saturdays, so when I would eat out, I wouldn’t hold back but you bet your ass I would work out that day to shed some calories. My overall goal was to cut back Salts and Sugars and before I knew it I was down 138lbs, and wearing a size 9 after 1 year.

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My blood pressure is now under control and I am no longer border line diabetic. Matter of fact my doctor was even impressed with my results! I am not where I want to be physically but I’m better and stronger then I was before July 1, 2012. My self-confidence and spirit has lifted tremendously even my friends and family notices it. (Let’s just say I take more full body pictures then I do selfies these days) lol! So I am now 32 years young and on a new journey of lifting more weights and eating more protein to obtain a more toned and fit body.

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All in all if I don’t leave you with nothing else as you read about my journey, I do want to say this; THERE IS NO SECRET TO LOSING WEIGHT, JUST MAKE TIME FOR YOUR HEALTH. I waited until I had bad results at the doctor’s office to make a lifestyle change. Some people don’t get the warning before the end results of sickness or even death. So make your lifestyle change TODAY! And don’t forget SLOW progress IS progress.

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