Transformation of the Day: Deborah lost 135 pounds. This Alpha Kappa Alpha soror found out that her weight was taxing and wearing down her heart, causing a slower heartbeat. Also, keeping up with her athletic son’s schedule was becoming a challenge. She decided to take action. Check out her story.
What was your motivation? What inspired you to keep going when you wanted to give up?
I am from Oxford, MS. I am 35 years old, and I have a 12-year-old son. My motivation was my son and my heartbeat, which was slow due to my weight. My son is very athletic, and it was hard to keep up with him as we traveled to practices, games, tournaments, and championships. When I went in for my annual, my doctor noticed that my heartbeat was slow. She knew I was perfectly healthy, but my weight was wearing and tearing at my heart at the age of 33.
When I wanted to give up, what inspired me was my son and a photo of me at my highest weight.
How did you change your eating habits?
I changed my eating habits by learning to eat healthy 85% of the time. I prepared healthy snacks and meal prepped for my work lunch. I would eat an egg a day (egg muffin, crack an egg bowl, etc.), 3-4 oz of meat, and 1 cup of vegetables. If I eat any kind of carbs, I will only eat ½ cup. I don’t have carbs with every meal or eat them every day. I drink plenty of water, drink protein shakes, and use portion control.
If I were to eat something not so healthy, I would eat a small amount just to knock the urge off and then…