Weightloss story from @pita.grace
After trying different quick fixes that resulted in her regaining all the weight lost and some, Pita discovered what works.
What led you to want to make a lifestyle change?
After a bad breakup, I started comfort eating and soon realised I was around the corner from 200lbs. I saw myself going down an unhealthy road and an unhappy life and I knew it was time I stopped cringing in the mirror to look at myself and start loving myself.
What did you do to achieve your results? Tell us about your workout routine
First year of trying to lose weight I wanted a quick fix so I tried Nutrisystem which at the time was a popular company that sold already made meals to help you lose weight and I was on diet pills, skin quick you name it I was on it! Can’t lie, I lost about 25lbs but the thing about quick fixes is, the weight will always come back because your body is dependent on the products. I ended up gaining 30lbs back! I was in a toxic cycle with every quick fix gimmick you could think of. It wasn’t until I started researching about bodybuilders & their diet that I tried a different approach. I simply started eating 4 times a day on a schedule to help speed up my metabolism and researched thousands of meal prep recipes! Added up my macros to figure out exactly the amount of food I needed to fuel my body and I started melting. I added vitamins to my diet and drinking almost a gallon of water daily it was like the fat was squeezed out my body I couldn’t believe it! When it comes to working out I wasn’t too hard on myself because it really is all about the diet. I just made sure I was active 4 times a week for at least an hour.
How did you change your eating habits?
My eating habits before were ridiculous I didn’t eat much thinking “oh if I eat once or twice a day I’ll be good” NOTTT. When you don’t give your body the correct fuel it will store any fat it’s given!!! I started eating clean, less salt more natural flavors, started eating breakfast every morning and stopped eating past 9pm. A huge thing for me was eating out. I stopped eating out and started making my own meals! I think this was a big factor being able to know exactly what went into my body
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 198lbs and most people would never know being that I’m almost 5’8 I wore my weight very well! I dropped down to a scary 140 which was wayyyy too small for me! so now I am at a happy 152-157 I give myself a little moving room
How long did your transformation take?
My transformation took about 4 years I did a lot of giving up & starting over on “Mondays” or “1st of the month”
What was the hardest part about your transformation? how did you overcome it?
The hardest thing for me has been letting my mind set catch up to who I am today even though I know the scale is where I want to be, I still battle with insecurities and struggles I had when I was overweight.
How have things changed with you in general (health, relationships, self)?
I’m no longer in danger of becoming diabetic, and my blood pressure has dropped dramatically! I love myself I found the confidence & learned discipline. I did lose some friends but I gained some as well My mom still thinks I don’t eat but I am at the happiest point of my life and I found love; or should I say love found me.
Who or what helped you along your journey?
This journey was all on me. I think the doubt from certain friends and family is what helped me succeed honestly. I found a drive in wanting to prove people wrong and that I can reach any goal I place for myself.
Is there a product that helped you or anything in particular you’d recommend?
Something that really helped me on my journey, when I first started I had purchased GNC Women’s Ripped Vitapak although I didn’t take all the vitamins in each packet (too much fish oil for me) it definitely helped with tightening my mid section! Now my favorite product to use are CLA which is related to the omega-6 fatty acids, one of the two types of essential fatty acids that help the body increase metabolic rates, boost the immune system and keep cholesterol levels in check.
What can we catch you doing on your day Off?
On my day off I usually wake up around 6:30 it’s like my body is on a clock because I do usually get up by 5 … but after I get dressed I’m off to the gym for 2hrs! The gym is like my second home and the people there have become my family, after training I work on creative work set up meetings, I’ll go grocery shopping for the week for meal prep, get a massage do my nails all the fun pampering things & later on I’ll do a cheat dinner with my boyfriend, just really enjoy not having any responsibilities that day