Diet & Food

‘I Lost 140 Pounds Without Ever Stepping Foot In A Gym’

I was 5 years old the first time I realized I was overweight, and that my body made me different than other kids.

My parents loved me deeply, but they showed that love through food (mostly fast food or anything loaded with cheese and carbs), not realizing how much harm they were actually doing.

Still, it wasn’t something I thought about a lot until one day in fifth grade during a year-end talent show. One of my classmates was doing a rendition of “Miami” by Will Smith and was looking for girls to be his backup dancers. When I volunteered, he said, “Not to be mean but you’re too big. I’m looking for pretty girls.” I was wrecked.

But over the next decade, I tried everything to lose weight but nothing stuck—I’d give up each diet after just a few weeks. I just tried one fad after another, feeling like a failure when I couldn’t make them work.

When I threw my back out at 24, I knew I couldn’t treat my body this way anymore.

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Wowzerz. #transformationtuesday I often forget who the girl on the left is. I don’t identify with her at all. I’m also not too sure if I fully know the girl on the right…That’s life though, right? We are constantly growing. Learning lessons every day about different things. I like to think that I’ve experienced a lot of life so far. More troubles than triumphs but that’s what makes me, me. I can relate to so many people on so many different levels because I have a FULL past and not afraid to talk about it. I became obese over 25 years and used food as my main coping mechanism. Then one day I said enough was enough and decided to go ALLL IN in losing 140 lbs. once I accomplished that goal I was like “ok…what now?” That’s when the binge and restrict cycle started and lasted until about March of this year when I started working out regularly, stopped weighing myself all day, and (the cherry on top) got rediagnosed for my mental health. It’s been a long 15 years trying to find the right meds/lifestyle for me. Don’t give up hope that your brain can be better. Meds and therapy don’t fix everything, neither does Weightloss. You have to be willing to put in the work and fight every day to make it a good one. If today sucks, try to turn it around and if that doesn’t work…have hope for tomorrow. I hope you all have a great day and know that I’m always in your corner rooting y’all on!!! Love ya babez! 💖

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Wowzerz. #transformationtuesday I often forget who the girl on the left is. I don’t identify with her at all. I’m also not too sure if I fully know the girl on the right…That’s life though, right? We are constantly growing. Learning lessons every day about different things. I like to think that I’ve experienced a lot of life so far. More troubles than triumphs but that’s what makes me, me. I can relate to so many people on so many different levels because I have a FULL past and not afraid to talk about it. I became obese over 25 years and used food as my main coping mechanism. Then one day I said enough was enough and decided to go ALLL IN in losing 140 lbs. once I accomplished that goal I was like “ok…what now?” That’s when the binge and restrict cycle started and lasted until about March of this year when I started working out regularly, stopped weighing myself all day, and (the cherry on top) got rediagnosed for my mental health. It’s been a long 15 years trying to find the right meds/lifestyle for me. Don’t give up hope that your brain can be better. Meds and therapy don’t fix everything, neither does Weightloss. You have to be willing to put in the work and fight every day to make it a good one. If today sucks, try to turn it around and if that doesn’t work…have hope for tomorrow. I hope you all have a great day and know that I’m always in your corner rooting y’all on!!! Love ya babez! 💖

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Wowzerz. #transformationtuesday I often forget who the girl on the left is. I don’t identify with her at all. I’m also not too sure if I fully know the girl on the right…That’s life though, right? We are constantly growing. Learning lessons every day about different things. I like to think that I’ve experienced a lot of life so far. More troubles than triumphs but that’s what makes me, me. I can relate to so many people on so many different levels because I have a FULL past and not afraid to talk about it. I became obese over 25 years and used food as my main coping mechanism. Then one day I said enough was enough and decided to go ALLL IN in losing 140 lbs. once I accomplished that goal I was like “ok…what now?” That’s when the binge and restrict cycle started and lasted until about March of this year when I started working out regularly, stopped weighing myself all day, and (the cherry on top) got rediagnosed for my mental health. It’s been a long 15 years trying to find the right meds/lifestyle for me. Don’t give up hope that your brain can be better. Meds and therapy don’t fix everything, neither does Weightloss. You have to be willing to put in the work and fight every day to make it a good one. If today sucks, try to turn it around and if that doesn’t work…have hope for tomorrow. I hope you all have a great day and know that I’m always in your corner rooting y’all on!!! Love ya babez! 💖

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It happened when I went to pick something up off the floor—I couldn’t believe that such a tiny movement could cause so much pain, but it was so bad that I had to go to the hospital.

There, I suffered a different kind of pain—the kind that came from being so heavy that it took many nurses and staff to get me into and out of the wheelchair, bed, and bathroom. After I got home from the hospital, I had to sleep downstairs because my husband was unable to help me up and down the stairs. As I laid on the couch that night, 287 pounds and reeling from pain and embarrassment, I knew I had to make a real change.

In that moment, I came up with a to-do list to completely change my lifestyle.

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My my my what a wild ride it has been. #transformationtuesday Age 23😭💃🏻to 29🧘🏻‍♀️💃🏻 I feel like the shock value is gone when I post pictures while I’m actually wearing clothes 😂 but that’s ok. I want you guys to see it all. Metaphorically that is🤦🏻‍♀️ I don’t post pictures or tags because I want some rise to fame. I do it because the more people I can reach the better. We all struggle in life and most of the time it’s because of our own negative thoughts. I want people to see me and see that I did this amazing thing and lost the weight in a healthy manner and I’m stillllll messed up in the head 😂. The difference now is that I am able to catch myself when I feel myself slipping mentally. I try to utilize therapy tools and healthy alternatives to keep myself from falling down the rabbit hole. You don’t need to have every single duck in a row and perfectly lined up to start your journey. Start today, with what you know, and the rest will come with time and consistency. I take so much time in writing my posts because I know that someone is reading this right now and feeling very lost. We are all human and no single one of us is perfect. I want to be the person who helps lift others up in this life. We have enough people and situations to bring us down….I never want to be that for someone else. Push those ANTs 🐜 (automatic negative thoughts) away and slam your mental foot down to squash those doubts. Sulking in negativity just gives it more power. No one likes ants, don’t let them dictate your life!!!! Anyways, I have a busy afternoon ahead of me so I wanted to pop on here with some motivation for my lil babez! I hope you all have a beautiful day💖

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My my my what a wild ride it has been. #transformationtuesday Age 23😭💃🏻to 29🧘🏻‍♀️💃🏻 I feel like the shock value is gone when I post pictures while I’m actually wearing clothes 😂 but that’s ok. I want you guys to see it all. Metaphorically that is🤦🏻‍♀️ I don’t post pictures or tags because I want some rise to fame. I do it because the more people I can reach the better. We all struggle in life and most of the time it’s because of our own negative thoughts. I want people to see me and see that I did this amazing thing and lost the weight in a healthy manner and I’m stillllll messed up in the head 😂. The difference now is that I am able to catch myself when I feel myself slipping mentally. I try to utilize therapy tools and healthy alternatives to keep myself from falling down the rabbit hole. You don’t need to have every single duck in a row and perfectly lined up to start your journey. Start today, with what you know, and the rest will come with time and consistency. I take so much time in writing my posts because I know that someone is reading this right now and feeling very lost. We are all human and no single one of us is perfect. I want to be the person who helps lift others up in this life. We have enough people and situations to bring us down….I never want to be that for someone else. Push those ANTs 🐜 (automatic negative thoughts) away and slam your mental foot down to squash those doubts. Sulking in negativity just gives it more power. No one likes ants, don’t let them dictate your life!!!! Anyways, I have a busy afternoon ahead of me so I wanted to pop on here with some motivation for my lil babez! I hope you all have a beautiful day💖

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My my my what a wild ride it has been. #transformationtuesday Age 23😭💃🏻to 29🧘🏻‍♀️💃🏻 I feel like the shock value is gone when I post pictures while I’m actually wearing clothes 😂 but that’s ok. I want you guys to see it all. Metaphorically that is🤦🏻‍♀️ I don’t post pictures or tags because I want some rise to fame. I do it because the more people I can reach the better. We all struggle in life and most of the time it’s because of our own negative thoughts. I want people to see me and see that I did this amazing thing and lost the weight in a healthy manner and I’m stillllll messed up in the head 😂. The difference now is that I am able to catch myself when I feel myself slipping mentally. I try to utilize therapy tools and healthy alternatives to keep myself from falling down the rabbit hole. You don’t need to have every single duck in a row and perfectly lined up to start your journey. Start today, with what you know, and the rest will come with time and consistency. I take so much time in writing my posts because I know that someone is reading this right now and feeling very lost. We are all human and no single one of us is perfect. I want to be the person who helps lift others up in this life. We have enough people and situations to bring us down….I never want to be that for someone else. Push those ANTs 🐜 (automatic negative thoughts) away and slam your mental foot down to squash those doubts. Sulking in negativity just gives it more power. No one likes ants, don’t let them dictate your life!!!! Anyways, I have a busy afternoon ahead of me so I wanted to pop on here with some motivation for my lil babez! I hope you all have a beautiful day💖

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I vowed to start counting my calories, measuring my portion sizes, cooking more at home, and cutting out all drinks but water, tea, and coffee—but I didn’t cut anything else out completely (I wanted to keep a good balance of nutrients in my diet).

I also used the free app, My Fitness Pal, every single day to keep me on track and get a visual of exactly what types of food I was eating.

It was incredibly hard at first but I stuck with it this time because failing would mean I had totally given up on myself. I also tried to be as gentle as possible with myself—I knew it would take time to retrain my mind and my relationship with food.

Before I knew it, cooking became my hobby—I learned the art of quick, easy, simple cooking so the act didn’t become overwhelming. Here’s what I typically eat in a day:

I lost 140 pounds in 14 months—but it was really only through changes to my diet.

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Good afternoon my sweet lil angel babies!!! 👼🏼👼🏿👼🏽👼🏻👼🏾 I got a lot of clout (that’s what the cool kids say, right?) off my last transformation post and wanted to say hi 👋🏼 to all the new people who are joining in on my madness! 😂💁🏻‍♀️ I realized I haven’t posted many meal ideas lately because I basically eat the SAME. EXACT. THING. Every day because I don’t know what self control is and if I don’t have structure in my meals then I am like a kid in a candy store with no budget. 😂💃🏻🍭💸 This has been my A1 since Day 1 in my weightloss journey. 1 cup of 0% Fage Greek yogurt, 1tbsp of Honey, cinnamon, and a small banana. I was never a fan of breakfast or yogurt but I did what I had to do and now I’m obsessed. It kind of tastes like a dessert which I’m ALLLL about. If you swipe left you can see exactly what I use and the calories that I log on the app MyFitnessPal. #transformingmefood (check that tag out for more of my meals) I used this as my calorie tracking app since the very start and it keeps me so accountable!!! Also, if you don’t know where to start I’d suggest with a calorie tracking app, reading labels, and MEASURE everything!!! Did you know a serving of almonds is only 28 nuts?!? I used to grab the biggest handful possible and that was my serving size 😂 anyway, I hope y’all have an amazing day and know that this picture was 100% staged! I usually throw it all in an old rusty Tupperware, drink water out of my water bottle, and use my favorite ancient spoon 😂😉 #dontbefooled 💖

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Good afternoon my sweet lil angel babies!!! 👼🏼👼🏿👼🏽👼🏻👼🏾 I got a lot of clout (that’s what the cool kids say, right?) off my last transformation post and wanted to say hi 👋🏼 to all the new people who are joining in on my madness! 😂💁🏻‍♀️ I realized I haven’t posted many meal ideas lately because I basically eat the SAME. EXACT. THING. Every day because I don’t know what self control is and if I don’t have structure in my meals then I am like a kid in a candy store with no budget. 😂💃🏻🍭💸 This has been my A1 since Day 1 in my weightloss journey. 1 cup of 0% Fage Greek yogurt, 1tbsp of Honey, cinnamon, and a small banana. I was never a fan of breakfast or yogurt but I did what I had to do and now I’m obsessed. It kind of tastes like a dessert which I’m ALLLL about. If you swipe left you can see exactly what I use and the calories that I log on the app MyFitnessPal. #transformingmefood (check that tag out for more of my meals) I used this as my calorie tracking app since the very start and it keeps me so accountable!!! Also, if you don’t know where to start I’d suggest with a calorie tracking app, reading labels, and MEASURE everything!!! Did you know a serving of almonds is only 28 nuts?!? I used to grab the biggest handful possible and that was my serving size 😂 anyway, I hope y’all have an amazing day and know that this picture was 100% staged! I usually throw it all in an old rusty Tupperware, drink water out of my water bottle, and use my favorite ancient spoon 😂😉 #dontbefooled 💖

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Good afternoon my sweet lil angel babies!!! 👼🏼👼🏿👼🏽👼🏻👼🏾 I got a lot of clout (that’s what the cool kids say, right?) off my last transformation post and wanted to say hi 👋🏼 to all the new people who are joining in on my madness! 😂💁🏻‍♀️ I realized I haven’t posted many meal ideas lately because I basically eat the SAME. EXACT. THING. Every day because I don’t know what self control is and if I don’t have structure in my meals then I am like a kid in a candy store with no budget. 😂💃🏻🍭💸 This has been my A1 since Day 1 in my weightloss journey. 1 cup of 0% Fage Greek yogurt, 1tbsp of Honey, cinnamon, and a small banana. I was never a fan of breakfast or yogurt but I did what I had to do and now I’m obsessed. It kind of tastes like a dessert which I’m ALLLL about. If you swipe left you can see exactly what I use and the calories that I log on the app MyFitnessPal. #transformingmefood (check that tag out for more of my meals) I used this as my calorie tracking app since the very start and it keeps me so accountable!!! Also, if you don’t know where to start I’d suggest with a calorie tracking app, reading labels, and MEASURE everything!!! Did you know a serving of almonds is only 28 nuts?!? I used to grab the biggest handful possible and that was my serving size 😂 anyway, I hope y’all have an amazing day and know that this picture was 100% staged! I usually throw it all in an old rusty Tupperware, drink water out of my water bottle, and use my favorite ancient spoon 😂😉 #dontbefooled 💖

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I wasn’t sedentary during that time—I took every opportunity to walk, window shop, and play outside with my daughter—but I didn’t step foot into a gym. Still, the positive changes I saw in the mirror and compliments and encouragement I got from others kept me motivated.

Once I reached my goal weight of 145 pounds, though, I encountered a whole new challenge: maintaining my weight loss. This has been, by far, the hardest part of my journey. Once the euphoria of losing the weight wore off and I no longer had a big goal I was working towards, I found myself a bit lost.

That’s where Instagram came into play—I decided to start an account as a new way to stay accountable, stick to my healthy changes, and inspire others. I’ve found such a great, supportive community there and they’ve helped me find a new purpose. Now that I’ve lost the weight, I’ve shifted my focus to just continuing to live healthy.

Right now I’m currently focusing on my mental health.

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🚨🧠👂🏼OBJECTS IN MIRROR WILL NOT CAUSE HAPPINESS BETWEEN YOUR EARS👂🏼🧠🚨 Hey there my sweet little angel babez! I wanted to pop on here and spit some hard truths. We have all heard that no amount of money, cars, clothes, vacations, makeup, good looks, accomplishments, number on a scale, etc will make you happy AND THATS THE TRUTH. I have been a serial victim of these thoughts and whenever I get the “thing” I’ve been wanting so badly, I am not as fulfilled as I hoped I’d be. Am I happy I lost weight? Yes. Do I feel better physically? Yes. Do I wake up every single day feeling excited and joyful that I lost weight and all my troubles have diminished? No, Absolutely not. Because they haven’t and the thrill of weightloss is gone. I suffer from mental illness which is nothing to be ashamed of, but one of the many masks of my many disorders is relying on the next best thing to make me happy. I often find myself looking at the bigger picture, or next week, or next month, or next vacation, or holiday. Once those days or things arrive, I am less than happy and not as fulfilled as I expected to be. I know that I need to stop this thought process and focus on today. Unfortunately it’s easier said than done. I have to force myself to stay mindful and practice gratitude or I can go to some pretty dark places. Luckily with the help of an amazing therapist and great psychiatrist I am able to recognize my thought patterns and use tools to redirect those thoughts to positive things. Don’t get me wrong, I still struggle quite a bit but am able to pull myself out of it a lot faster. If you feel like a prisoner to your own thoughts, struggle with eating disorders, overeating, addiction, “dark clouds” that rarely let up, or constant fear please seek help. Being alone in dark times is not a good place to be and there is hope for better days. Don’t be ashamed. Use this #motivationMonday and let’s #endthestigma 💖 (Fun fact, I had already lost 40lbs in that first pic 😲)

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🚨🧠👂🏼OBJECTS IN MIRROR WILL NOT CAUSE HAPPINESS BETWEEN YOUR EARS👂🏼🧠🚨 Hey there my sweet little angel babez! I wanted to pop on here and spit some hard truths. We have all heard that no amount of money, cars, clothes, vacations, makeup, good looks, accomplishments, number on a scale, etc will make you happy AND THATS THE TRUTH. I have been a serial victim of these thoughts and whenever I get the “thing” I’ve been wanting so badly, I am not as fulfilled as I hoped I’d be. Am I happy I lost weight? Yes. Do I feel better physically? Yes. Do I wake up every single day feeling excited and joyful that I lost weight and all my troubles have diminished? No, Absolutely not. Because they haven’t and the thrill of weightloss is gone. I suffer from mental illness which is nothing to be ashamed of, but one of the many masks of my many disorders is relying on the next best thing to make me happy. I often find myself looking at the bigger picture, or next week, or next month, or next vacation, or holiday. Once those days or things arrive, I am less than happy and not as fulfilled as I expected to be. I know that I need to stop this thought process and focus on today. Unfortunately it’s easier said than done. I have to force myself to stay mindful and practice gratitude or I can go to some pretty dark places. Luckily with the help of an amazing therapist and great psychiatrist I am able to recognize my thought patterns and use tools to redirect those thoughts to positive things. Don’t get me wrong, I still struggle quite a bit but am able to pull myself out of it a lot faster. If you feel like a prisoner to your own thoughts, struggle with eating disorders, overeating, addiction, “dark clouds” that rarely let up, or constant fear please seek help. Being alone in dark times is not a good place to be and there is hope for better days. Don’t be ashamed. Use this #motivationMonday and let’s #endthestigma 💖 (Fun fact, I had already lost 40lbs in that first pic 😲)

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🚨🧠👂🏼OBJECTS IN MIRROR WILL NOT CAUSE HAPPINESS BETWEEN YOUR EARS👂🏼🧠🚨 Hey there my sweet little angel babez! I wanted to pop on here and spit some hard truths. We have all heard that no amount of money, cars, clothes, vacations, makeup, good looks, accomplishments, number on a scale, etc will make you happy AND THATS THE TRUTH. I have been a serial victim of these thoughts and whenever I get the “thing” I’ve been wanting so badly, I am not as fulfilled as I hoped I’d be. Am I happy I lost weight? Yes. Do I feel better physically? Yes. Do I wake up every single day feeling excited and joyful that I lost weight and all my troubles have diminished? No, Absolutely not. Because they haven’t and the thrill of weightloss is gone. I suffer from mental illness which is nothing to be ashamed of, but one of the many masks of my many disorders is relying on the next best thing to make me happy. I often find myself looking at the bigger picture, or next week, or next month, or next vacation, or holiday. Once those days or things arrive, I am less than happy and not as fulfilled as I expected to be. I know that I need to stop this thought process and focus on today. Unfortunately it’s easier said than done. I have to force myself to stay mindful and practice gratitude or I can go to some pretty dark places. Luckily with the help of an amazing therapist and great psychiatrist I am able to recognize my thought patterns and use tools to redirect those thoughts to positive things. Don’t get me wrong, I still struggle quite a bit but am able to pull myself out of it a lot faster. If you feel like a prisoner to your own thoughts, struggle with eating disorders, overeating, addiction, “dark clouds” that rarely let up, or constant fear please seek help. Being alone in dark times is not a good place to be and there is hope for better days. Don’t be ashamed. Use this #motivationMonday and let’s #endthestigma 💖 (Fun fact, I had already lost 40lbs in that first pic 😲)

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It’s too easy to get sucked into doing “healthy” things for unhealthy reasons and I want to make sure I avoid that trap.

One way I do this is to focus on all the positive things losing weight has given me. I am now able to run, jump, and play with my daughter without being in constant pain. I am able to do so much more work with much less effort. I can walk up stairs no problem. A lot of people focus on how hard losing weight is—and that’s true sometimes!—but I have to say that everything about my day-to-day life has become so much easier.

Now when other people ask me for advice on losing weight, I tell them there really is no secret—just eat healthy, watch your portions, and stick with it every single day. It isn’t easy, but it really is that simple.

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