I asked my instagram pal affectionately known as “Mini” to share her weight loss journey with everyone. It has been amazing to see her transform her body to become more lean and toned, the confidence that so obviously shines through now, and her delicious meals as she stays dedicated to health daily.
Q: I am so inspired by your weight loss journey. You look AMAZING. How did it start?
Thank you so much! My weight loss journey started on August 1st, 2011. There have been plenty of times where I would “diet” for a few months, lose a few pounds and go back to old habits. This time it was different. I was 29 and a few months away from 30. I clearly remember myself on the Sunday before August 1st sitting on my bed in a practical food comma. I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and I saw my bulging belly, my round puffy face and my huge chest. I started to cry. I have been heavy, depressed and insecure all of my life and at that very moment I decided that that would change. I would start fresh the next day and start working towards a new me. I vowed to be in the best shape of my life in my 30’s and I stuck to that vow.
2. How do you manage cooking for you and your hubby? I know he eats healthy, but he isn’t vegetarian, and you eat a ton of meatless meals. Any tips for couples with different eating habits?
I make two different meals for dinner. One for me and one for him. He is not the brightest person in the kitchen and if I don’t cook, he will live on cereal, and because I love that man, I am not letting that happen! However, on busy nights I usually make the same meals and just sub the meat with extra veggies for myself. However, I do try to get him to try different things and to my surprise, he actually likes it. Just make cooking and eating together fun and don’t be afraid to think outside the box.
3. Has anyone close to you become more healthy as a result of your lifestyle change?
Yes! Quite a few people actually. My mother always asks me for tips and my husband clearly eats much better and has actually started going to the gym with me. I have also had people from social networks who have followed my journey start their own. They write to me stating how I was the biggest source of their inspiration. It is such a humbling experience.
4. Please tell me how you tackle plateaus! A lot of people struggle with this and get discouraged and think they will not lose any more weight.
I agree. Plateaus are extremely discouraging, however I think of it this way: I rather be stuck at my current weight and working towards my goal than stuck at my starting weight and working towards nothing. I do a combination of things to tackle plateaus. The reason I am a vegetarian now is because of a 4 month plateau. My nutritionist recommended it after seeing my food diary. She noticed that I barely ate any carbs and that my protein intake was way too high. While that did work in the beginning, it stopped. Making the change to vegetarian helped me break that plateau immediately. Now when I get stuck, I just increase my cardio and add or eliminate different foods.
5. You’re also a very talented baker. How did you get into that? Your desserts aren’t just food– they are art!
Thank you so much. I started baking at a very young age with my mother. It is definitely a passion. Not only do I love making them, but I also love eating them. I still indulge at times but not like before. I have learned how to balance it all out. So basically, I always have my cake and eat it too.
6. Finally, what recommendations do you have for someone who is overwhelmed by the process of losing weight? Where to start?
It starts with self love. You have to love yourself enough to realize that being overweight is not making you or the people around you happy. Being overweight affects your mood, your health, and your overall sense of being. You have to choose to want to be happy and healthy. You have to realize that you are worth the change that only you can make happen. Starting is always overwhelming. I never said I wanted to lose 60lbs. I started by saying I wanted to lose 10lbs. I made small and realistic goals for myself. After achieving my first 10lbs, I made a goal for another 10lbs. For some people, even 10lbs might sound overwhelming, so why not start with 5? Give yourself a month to achieve small goals and be patient. I did not gain weight overnight so I knew it was going to take time to reverse that. It took time to change my eating habits and food addictions. After you reach your ultimate goal weight you do not go back to old habits. You continue with the lifestyle and reap the benefits of health, vitality and skinny jeans!
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