“It only takes a little momentum to start turning things around. If you fall off the wagon, just get back on and start again.” BRB, we’re getting this etched on a plaque.
This Is the Food Shandra Stopped Eating to Jump-Start Her 92-Pound Weight Loss
This young lady is cleaning out her wardrobe because her size is no longer 22 [U.K. 26] of her dresses. She wrote on Instagram about what a crazy journey was to transform her body and achieve results that she didn’t believe ware possible.
I was doing another closet purge just now and found my size TWENTY-TWO wedding dress buried in the back. I haven’t tried it on since my wedding 5 years ago and thought it might be great #transformationtuesday Material. The craziest part is that I had already lost 35 lbs and I was feeling super skinny on my wedding day. What a crazy journey!
POPSUGAR caught up with Shandra, who gave us some insider details on her journey. She has lost over 92 pounds and she did it on her own which is an amazing achievement.
She said: “I lost the first 62 pounds by reducing my caloric intake to 1,200,” she explained. Rather than following a strict diet, though, Shandra said, “I eliminated all processed food from my diet.” By eating healthier foods on the regular, she was able to drop those 62 pounds [4 stone, 4 pounds] in a healthy and sustainable way.
She also started exercising and do a lot of cardio which helped her build confidence to start going it the gym.
#transformationtuesday I was chatting with my hubby about my fitness and running goals last night and I found myself bumping into those same familiar fears about failure and how hard the path would be. The same fears I had about joining a gym just a few years ago. What would people think about a 258 lb woman sweatily stomping on a treadmill? What if I barf or fall off? What if I fail? I had to get honest with myself, face the fears and step up anyway and I have to do the same thing now. I’m going to hit my goal weight in 2017 and I’m going to run a half-marathon in 2018. My goals scare the shit out of me but that’s all part of the transformation.
She also says that there was another important moment in her weight loss journey: “About four months ago, I started the ketogenic diet. Keto is a high-fat, low-carb diet.” She eats fewer than 20 grams of carbs a day, but she upped her calorie content to about 1,400 calories a day, depending on her level of activity. “I feel amazing and have never found it easier to lose weight.”
Also, she added an interesting fact: “The biggest challenge in losing a large amount of weight is hands down the mental work. it’s really not about the food or the nutrition as much as the life and eating habits,” she shared. She has to make the effort every single day to “ love me and to change the habits that led to the weight gain.”
“The best advice I could give to someone is to start small but start strong,” she suggested. “Pick a change that you can stick to and make a commitment to do it for 21 days.”