Transformation of the Day: Audrica lost 55 pounds. Being prescribed high blood pressure medication was her wake-up call. She didn’t want to take medication for years to come and she wanted to be as healthy as possible for her children. Maintaining a daily calorie goal and walking for exercise are two of the ways she took action.
What was your motivation? What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up? My motivation to lose weight came when I had to get on high blood pressure medicine. I knew I didn’t want to be on medication daily, so I decided to change my lifestyle.
My kids inspired me to keep going because I want to be able to keep up with them and be a better mom for them.
How did you change your eating habits? The way I changed my eating habits was by measuring my food. I also incorporated more vegetables into my meals (because I rarely at them). So I would at least try to eat meat and vegetables for dinner.
I didn’t cut out any food groups. Instead, I just cut back on how much I ate. I still eat the foods I love but in moderation, of course. For example, if I wanted to eat a burger, I would make sure it wouldn’t send me over my calorie goal. I make sure I stay within my calorie deficit of 1500 calories a day and drink as much water as possible. I never drink my calories unless it’s a protein shake or smoothie. Only water!
What did your workout routine consist of? How often did you work out? Walk walk walk. I walked on my treadmill 6 to 7 days a week for a minimum of 30 minutes. I have a treadmill at home, and I walk on speed 3 (it goes up to 10). It’s not too fast, but it gets my heart rate going.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight? My starting weight was around 240 pounds, and my current weight is 185 pounds.
What is your height? I’m 5’3″.
When did you start your journey? How long did your transformation take? I started my journey in July 2020, so I would say it took me a year and a half. The only reason it took that long was because I stopped so many times from a lack of being consistent and an unhealthy relationship I had with food.
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey? No, I didn’t have weight loss surgery.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far? The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to be consistent and stop comparing your weight loss journey with someone else’s. Also, I learned to be patient.
What advice do you have for women who want to lose weight? Don’t judge your weight loss progress solely by the scale because it will discourage you. Your weight will fluctuate.
Find a workout plan that works for you. I’m talking about something you can see yourself doing weekly and something you enjoy doing. And if you mess up one day, get right back on schedule the next day.